Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Birthday quilt #2 revealed

After Johnny left in the beginning of September, I had only four weeks to finish girlfriend Kari's 50th birthday quilt! The sandwiching was done - managed to do that when Johnny was here. I put it away and then started quilting only a few days after Johnny left. If you are new to my blog, you can see the quilt I made for Johnny's 50th birthday by clicking here.   
 I did finish it on time, but taking photos was done early morning before we headed to the airport the day Kari and her daughter Nina landed here!
I first saw the pattern in one of the lovely Australian quilt magazine a few years ago. I knew there and then that one day I'll have to make it and started collecting rose fabrics.
The original pattern does not have the green sashing and the square's border, those I have added to make the quilt bigger - a snuggle quilt on chilly days. That is definitely something Kari needs, coming from the Northeasterly part of Norway - Finnmark county - not far from the Russian border. The winters there are harsh!
Each of the 12 blocks has a stitchery with friendship quotes.
It took me some 'deep-thinking' figuring out how to quilt the stitcheries. In the end I decided on stitching in the ditch around the stitchery and a loop pattern around each pattern.
Kari and I have known each other since beginning '80's, we have been through different 'life-experiences', which has made our friendship grow stronger.
Kari is into a little bit quilting too, but closest to her heart is sewing clothes and knitting.
...and of course... being close friends, we love to have tea or coffee together
I love the fact that I didn't have to buy any fabrics for this quilt, all fabrics from my stash. The floss used on the stitcheries as well as the backing (flannel) are from my stash too.
After reading this post almost to an end, you may wonder how such a wonderful friend looks like - don't you? Just admit it - lol!
Here we are - on one of the 'tourist spot' on the island.
once again;


Trines hobby said...

Kari er utrolig heldig som får dette vakre teppet fyllt med vennskap og omtanke! Kjempefint!!!!!!!

Unknown said...

Ett nydelig teppe i herlige farger med flotte broderier du har sydd til din venninne. Dette kommer til å varme på flere måter i mange år.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

that must have been so nice having friends visit one after another when you live so far apart. I bet she loved the quilt --- and the visit.

Hilachas said...

What a wonderful, beautiful quilt for a special friend.

InGa said...

Nydelig teppe du har sydd, fin fargesammensetning. Vil tro Kari er overlykkelig for å få med seg en så fin presang hjem.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

A beautiful quilt Astrid and what a special friend you have there. I really iike how you have quilted around the stitcheries and have given me some ideas!

Rosemary Dickinson said...

What a lovely quilt for a very close friend! So nice of you to think of her. I love the embroidery and the great fabrics you used! Simply gorgeous!

Karen said...

Congratulations on completing the quilt. What a wonderful gift for your friend!

Elzaan said...

Lovely quilt, and your stitcheries are perfect! What a wonderful friend Kari has...
You three look like the three musketeers on an adventure LOL

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness Astrid! What a beautiful quilt! Could you tell me what magazine you got it from? I really like it! You work is sublime! I am sure that your friend must have loved it! She won't want to use it ;)

PJs Lapperier said...

Vad fint teppe du sytt!!!

Anne-Kristine / Hjertesøm said...

Kjempefint teppe du har sydd Astrid :-) Men nå synes jo jeg at det meste av det du syr er kjempefint. Klem

Quiltefia said...

Hei!! Takk for hyggelig kommentar!! Jeg rakk ikke denne swppen, men jeg skal følge med selv. Har nok å holde på med så jeg blir ikke arbeidsløs med det første!! Men det er et helt klart mål å lage en slik quilt. Så jeg skal prøve å skjære og så kan vi bytte!?
For en fantastisk 50 års gave!! Superhyggelig å få!!
Du er heldig som lever i et solrikt og varmt klima!! Jeg skjønner ikke at noen vil bo her i kulda....... AnneK:-)