Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Quilt Top: The Whole Process!

This past Christmas I wanted to give Josie something for her truseau. She chose fabric for a quilt. This included a book with detailed instructions. I have been working on it off and on since the first of the year. I have made quilt tops before, but always from scraps. Nearly always they have been squares or rectangles. This was a fun challenge for me. Here is a little travel log of the whole process.
What can you do with four pieces of fabric?

Pair them up...

Cut them into shapes...

Sew the shapes together...

(At this point, I felt like I knew how many a g'zillion really is.)

Place small blocks into a six and half inch stack, and sew together.

One completed block.

4 colors, 16 pieces per block, 80 blocks, 1280 pieces, two borders.

Laying on Josie's bed.

Spread out over the clothes rack and couch.
This is not just a pretty quilt. It is a work of love from a mother to a daughter. I love the end results. In order to give credit where credit is due, I really have to thank Eleanor Burns for creating this pattern "Gadabout" in her book, "Still Stripping after 25 years". (Yes, I got a kick out of the title). And of course, Josie for picking out such great colors to work with. With a few moments of blood, sweat and tears, we made it through. I am not even going to think of the quilting process. For now I will just enjoy the accomplishment.


  1. I have said it before but you are such the master sewer! That is the prettiest quilt I have ever seen! I love the pieces all put together! Wonderful Job Ruby!

  2. Wow is all I can say. I have loved following in your foot steps and you go and create new and different things in your life even as a kid I would think wow she is so talented I want to be like her when I grow up. Needless to say I Love Love this and its a talent you can keep. You are amazing. It is so beautiful Josie picked beautiful fabric and colors and you did a wonderful job putting it all together. XOXO

  3. The quilt is awesome! It's sooo beautiful, and I can see Josie is "walking in her Mom's footsteps" when it comes to putting matching, wonderful colors and patterns together.
    The two of you is a winner team!!!

  4. That is sooo beautiful, and such a special gift from a mother to a daughter. You have such talent, and she will cherish it forever!!!