Tuesday, December 28, 2010

mywedding/Christmas gift for my hubby

This is what I gave Tommy for Christmas - I made him a quilt. 

Originally, this was my wedding gift to him...as I had worked on it during the year of our engagement.  However, I wasn't able to assemble all of the fabric squares into a cohesive quilt before our wedding...so I tied a string around all of the pieces and gave it to him in a big bundle of fabric squares.  I then intended on sewing the patches together as an assembled quilt for our 1st year anniversary gift.  Yet with baby on the way and a full time work schedule, I'm pretty sure I won't have much spare time to do such things...so I decided to complete it as a Christmas gift. 

It's a crazy quilt...and I love it (crazy quilts are my favorite!).  I am so proud of it!!  I had never made a quilt before, I didn't know what I was doing...I just went for it.  I also didn't measure anything while making it - which was awesome until I had  sew the edges of the thing together...but that's another story.  I used fabric from our old clothes, scraps of fabric from his mother, and a hodge podge collection of fabric scraps I would pick up cheap cheap from fabric stores.  Lots of different textures...lots of different patterns...lots of different colors (though a fall color scheme prevailed...and I like that...it's the time of year when things like extra quilts get busted out of storage and such.)  All of the individual squares were hand sewn...as I didn't have a sewing machine.  When Tommy gave me a sewing machine for my birthday gift this project got a lot easier :-)

Obviously, Tommy saw me working on this a lot.  It wasn't a secret...but it WAS a surprise to him when he opened it on Christmas morning...FINISHED.  It kindof seemed like one of those things that may never get finished...as I had been working on it for a year and a half!    

I'd been telling my mother in law about this quilt since I lived with them last winter - FINALLY they got to see it!

 Tommy all wrapped up in our love quilt.

Here you can see the edges, and the fabrics I picked for the back of the quilt...a pretty striped print, and a printed fabric that has birds in branches which reminded me a lot of our wedding motif. 

I used an organic 100% cotton batting between the front and back layers...this makes the quilt warm and cozy.   Oh...and it fits a queen bed - which is AWESOME on these frigid northeastern winter nights.  Were you particularly excited about a gift you gave this year?? 
See - there is velvet, tweed, corduroy, cotton, eyelet, etc...I love the array of textures all together.


  1. You are amazing my dear! I love that the quilt was started during your engagement. What a lovely labor of love.

  2. Oh my goodness. You do know that you're making the rest of us look like slouches? You finished medical school, took your tests, planned a wedding, executed the wedding, moved across country, started residency, you're growing a baby, and you STILL had any time to quilt?!!! Do your shirts have an "S" for Super Woman? ;)

  3. how in the world do you do all of this stuff? i'm telling you, you are going to be an incredible mother!!

  4. Wow, it's so beautiful!! That is such a special gift, it's going to be a family heirloom!

  5. I am beyond impressed. How special!

  6. The quilt is stunning, Jes. You have such a good eye for pattern and color.

    I love how traditional arts connect one to the generations of women who came before us who labored with love over their quilts and handwork. You're connecting with the past as well as creating something beautiful for the present and future.



Related Posts with Thumbnails