The 24 Years Quilt and the A and B Quilt

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The 24 Years Quilt

The A and B Quilt

I’m sharing two quilts in one post because they’re very similar and I made they mostly at the same time. You can find more detail of the process through my Instagram photos (I’m @CoopCrafts there) tagged either #24yearsquilt or #aandbquilt .  First I started my colorful 24 Years Quilt, which was created to celebrate our 24th anniversary.  There are 24 squares floating around in the half square triangles to represent our years together.

24 Years Quilt

24 Years Quilt

24 Years Quilt

24 Years Quilt

24 Years Quilt

Just testing the unfinished top on the bed here, to see how the border rounds were looking.

24 Years Quilt

And then my sister in law announced her wedding — in two months!!  So my quilt was put on hold while I immediately started the A and B (Alison and Bryan) Quilt for the soon to be newlyweds.  I wanted to use the same basic design, since it seemed like good luck to base a wedding quilt on one that was to celebrate 24 years together.  I decided to completely leave out the squares since they hadn’t “earned” them yet.  ;)

A and B Quilt

A and B QuiltA and B Quilt

A and B Quilt

Eventually, they were both finished and approved.

A and B Quilt

24 Years Quilt and A and B Quilt

24 Years Quilt

24 Years Quilt

And now I begin three graduation quilts, again in a similar style.  Wish me luck!

sarahsigres

A WIP: 24th Anniversary Quilt

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24th Anniversary Quilt

24th Anniversary Quilt

24th Anniversary Quilt

24th Anniversary Quilt

24th Anniversary Quilt

24th Anniversary Quilt

24th Anniversary Quilt

24th Anniversary Quilt

My latest project is a half square triangle quilt.  I’ll be adding a wiiiide border so it will fit our king size bed, and may possibly add a date or a phrase or something along an edge.  (Even though I’m actively working on it, it’s still in the planning stages and I’m still undecided.  I’m like that sometimes.)  I’m throwing in 24 squares to represent the 24 years we’ve been married so far.

I’ve been slow about updating my blog, so if you’d like to see how this quilt is going please feel free to follow me on Instagram.  (I’m CoopCrafts there, too.)

sarahsigres

The Healing Quilt

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Healing Quilt

My lovely niece Alexis requested this quilt after learning that the father of two of her good friends at school had been diagnosed with leukemia.  We worked together to come up with a design we liked.  She wanted something simple, in part because we wanted to work quickly, and it needed to be suitable for a man.  I set up a Etsy favorites list with sample fabrics and possible quilt designs and we texted back and forth with ideas.  We chose a Quiltcon bundle of fabrics, which I’ll try to link here once the shop is back from vacation.  The colors are bright and happy, and not “girly”.  We started with a plan of cheerfully random half square triangles, and I started cutting and sewing.

As I was sewing, I prayed for him and thought about him sitting under the quilt.  I started to imagine our prayers laying over him, and realized I could make a border of gray along the sides and let the riot of colors in the middle visually represent our prayers.  When he lays under the quilt, the colors will cover his body, so he can see our prayers for his health.  My niece liked the idea, so our random quilt became more focused and found its name, the Healing quilt.

Healing Quilt Porch Swing

I explained the situation to my quilt shop and asked if it were possible to get “rush quilting” done.  I was told they do let emergency quilts jump the line — who knew there were emergency quilts?! — and so this has become my 30th quilt instead of Kaori’s Hugs and Kisses quilt.  The quilt shop was finished in one week, and it took only 30 days from the day Alexis asked me to make a quilt to the day I handed it to her.  (Previously unheard of from this full time working Mom!)

So the quilt is off to its new owner in Tennessee.  I don’t know if he’ll realize the backing was picked because it’s the colors of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where his kids attend school with Alexis.  (I also threw in just a few extra orange and white half square triangles, not an obvious amount but maybe just enough to ensure that a true fan might feel drawn to the quilt.)  I do hope this will help him see that he is loved and cherished, and that many, many people are hoping he’ll soon be well again.

And just because I couldn’t help it, I took a picture of the Healing quilt with my not-quite-finished dining room wall.  I pulled many of the colors in the wall directly from the quilt fabrics.

Healing Quilt and Herringbone WallThey’re just happy colors, aren’t they?  I hope that helps, too.  Thank you for asking me to help, Alexis!  I love how it turned out and it was great to plan a quilt together.  :)

sarahsigres

Hot and Cold Half Square Triangle Pillow

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Time to Quilt

After a LOT of quilting, the second of ten couch pillows has been completed!  This pillow pattern is also from the fabulous book Pillow POP!  I’m used to making half square triangles that use value to create design, but this one uses a difference in warm and cool colors.  I wasn’t really sure how it was going to work out, but I do love the result!

Two Pillows

My pillow forms are a little larger than those used in the book and I also used smaller half square triangles, so the look is a little different.  I also quilted this one very, very heavily, as I expect it to be the one that sits behind my husband most often.  He’s not really gentle with handmade things, so it needs to be tough.  Extra quilting means extra strength!

Hot and Cold Quilting Detail

Hot and Cold HST Pillow

And now my couch pillow project is on pause because my lovely niece has asked for my help in a very worth quilting project.  I think the fabric will arrive this afternoon, so the timing of this finish was perfect!

sarahsigres

HST Couch Pillow Started

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HST Pillow Cover Started

Just sharing my progress on my couch pillows!  (Getting there!)

sarahsigres