Spring Garden Lap Quilt

I began this, my third quilt, about a year ago, when I was sick of the cold grey winter and longing to look at greenery and flowers. It’s based on “Charming Garden,” from Sarah M. Bisel’s delightful book, Fast, Flirty, and Fun.

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I made a few changes from her version; I used a satin stitch to applique the flowers, omitted the rickrack, and hand quilted it. Which is probably why it took me a year to finish! But I also have great memories of working on it while cuddling up with the kids, watching movies.

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I chose these particular colors for the flowers because they represent my three children. And when they saw the quilt they immediately understood the connection and knew whose was whose, which I loved.

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I used a lot of fabrics from my stash for this, but the binding has particular meaning. It’s a piece of the curtains that hung in the teensy weensy kitchen in the apartment where Matthew and I lived when we were first married.

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It has already been put to good use, on this day with the -12 wind chill (in Virginia!).

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And here it is with fog and magenta lighting. Because Matthew was testing the fog machine, so why not?

And this makes scrap project 5/101.

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About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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3 Responses to Spring Garden Lap Quilt

  1. Abigail says:

    Lovely finish and lovely photos! It’s great to hear the story about the binding – that’s qhat I love about quilts so much. My latest finish is made from the girls’ old pyjamas!

  2. I love reading about the story behind the quilts. In addition to being pretty, yours has a really great story!

  3. mindingmomma says:

    I love the idea of the three flowers representing your kids! What a special memory this will be in years to come. Nicely quilted too. I love to hand sew.

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