I got some news that a friend of mine needed a little pick me up. For me, nothing says ” pick me up ” more than a snuggley quilt so…what to do….How to I get a quilt together FAST? That’s when I remembered that I had a quilt upstairs that needed to be quilted and that one would be perfect. I already had chosen a flannel for the back..just never got it quilted. Here it is all finished.
I had purchased the kit years and years ago when hubby and went to St. Cloud, Minnesota for my uncle’s funeral and stopped at Gruber’s Quilt Shop…if you haven’t been to Gruber’s add it to your bucket list. The pattern is from Aardvark Quilts. It’s called Stripes Squared. If you’re looking for a place to purchase the pattern from you can find that info here. I just completely and totally fell in love with the quilt. Many of the fabrics are brushed cottons so it’s an especially cozy quilt. I love how the geometrics of the stripes, triangles and squares all play together. My version was a 5 x 6 layout so it was 60 x 72. The pattern suggested a 4 x 5 layout but that wasn’t quite as big as I wanted.
I quickly snapped two photos before I gave the quilt to my friend and this one is the only one that showed up right. I have quite a bit of left over fabric from the kit. I have another project in mind for that.
I am a little sad that I didn’t take a picture of the back or of the quilting. I used a soft blue and violet variegated thread that was perfect. I used a new to me quilt design that I discovered when reading Mary Quilts’ blog. (I just love getting ideas from other quilters.)
The back is a black dot fabric with gold centers. All it all, it turned out to be a nice quilt….part of me kicks myself for not finishing the quilt sooner. The other part of me is so glad that I didn’t…I think this quilt was waiting for the right time and the right person. Giving it to my friend was perfect…and friend, if you’re reading this, know that I mean it when I said please ask if you need anything!! Our family would do anything to help you and yours out…you’re family.
Today I am hooking up my UFO with Confession of a Fabric Addict and Show if off Friday and Patchwork Times.
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I love it when this happens…an occasion arises requiring a quilt, and the right one has just been waiting! What a great gift! I’m sure it will comfort and encourage your friend.
What yummy goodbness. What a awesome friend you are, I am sure they know how lucky they are to have you. I too wish we could see the back. I agree, LOVE Gruebers….in fact when I set up a bus trip for our guild to St. Cloud fo the state show I scheduled a stop on the way home – everyone loved them.
Beautiful quilt, Jo – you’re such a thoughtful and loving friend. I’m sure she’ll (he’ll?) just love it!
Such a warm quilt! Your friend is very lucky!!!
What a beautiful quilt! I just love the pattern. And how nice of you to care about a friend like that to give her this beautiful quilt.
Beautiful quilt. I think you’re right… that quilt was waiting for just the right home. I am sure your friend will feel hugged every time he/she wraps up in it!
What a fortunate friend you have! That’s a great quilt!
What a happy bright quilt for a “pick me up”. Will be great for your friend to have. Very nice of you to make her so loved!
Just beautiful, Jo! Do you use pantos when you quilt? A friend from Cresco just bought dozens from a lady near me. I could help you get in touch with her if you’d lke. Just email me. I am in a freezing room at the Cancer Center and that quilt looks really good to me right now :D
I love that quilt! You are a ‘special’ friend to give such a wonderful Pick-Me-Up-Cheer-me-up qult.
I love it when the perfect quilt shows up at the perfect time for the perfect friend! Those colors are so beautifully rich and warm! I’m sure that your friend was blessed greatly by your thoughtfullness. A while back I bought some fabric that was completely out of my comfort zone and stitched it into a pattern I loved and after about a month, it dawned on me who I had made it for. Love that.
That is such a wonderful quilt. I know that your friend is going to love it!
You made a beautiful quilt. What a wonderful thing to give a friend. She must be really special and so are you!
Cute quilt. It was finished when it was supposed to be finished.
I was in St. Cloud a couple of years ago when they had the big quilt show there. We also stopped at Grubers on the way home. What a neat quilt shop. Your quilt is just stunning and I know your friend will get a lot of comfort from it. Daisy
That’s very striking, Jo. Laurel, don’t you have a quilt to take with you? G
please take pictures of quilts on quilting machine I have the short arm setup still having trouble figuring it out and every time I turn around you done another quilt boy I wish I knew how you do it , love your site keep it up
Oh, my I love this quilt!!! I have been to Gruber’s also. My daughter used to live n St.Cloud and she took me there a couple of times when we were visiting. I think you did a fantastic job on this quilt and am going to look up the link for the pattern. Thanks!
Very cool – sure to cheer your friend up!
That is just amazing! – An Amazing Quilt and amazing that you could quilt it so fast. Your friend is going to love it!
Wow – that is a great quilt and an amazing gift for a friend!
Lovely quilt and lovely story! I’m so glad this one waited around for just the right person!! Whoop whoop!!
AS you said, the timing just turns out right sometime….lovely quilt…
I love the colors…it seems like a dark quilt without using too many dark colors. Hmm, I hope that makes sense!
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