Sunday, December 15, 2013

French Connection


Today a special friend of mine, Jeanne, turned the big 60, so what better
  way to celebrate the occasion than with a quilt.

I really had no idea what colour to make or what pattern
to do, I had brought fabric in America on our trip (that we did together)
with intentions to make it into a quilt.

Still unsure I kept and eye out and then I found it in a
recent issue of Homespun Magazine.

"French Connection"
by Rebecca Johnson



I am so happy with how it has turned out and I know this will go
well with Jeanne's decor. I loved it so much that I went out
straight away and brought the same fabric to make me one. It goes well
with my decor too, I was sort of hoping she didnt like it and then I could
make her another ha ha!!!


I went to the local patchwork shop and chose all my fabrics
 and then began busily putting this together. You definiltely
need space to spread out with this one.


I machine quilted it with a Panto called "Gardenia" by Patricia Ritter



For the first time in a while I put a label on the back, I generally
don't put labels on but recently have changed my views on labelling 
quilts.
I did add a quote on the back saying
"Friends are the family you choose"

Jeanne loved her quilt and I hope she has many cozy nights curled 
up on the couch with her quilt.

I must add that about an hour and a half before I gave her the quilt I decided
to photograph the back and would you believe I got bird poo on it, fresh bird poo!!!
Arrrggghhhh! I tried sponging it off but, NO, it made it worst so into the washing machine
it went, all the time crossing my fingers the black wouldn't run. Thank goodness
for colour catchers. Then straight into the dryer and onto the BBQ. Phew!!!
It was a little tense I must say but all was well in the end.
Happy Quilting!


7 comments:

Anita said...

Hi Mandy,
No wonder you want to make the quilt again, it is rather gorgeous. And drats to the bird poo! Hope it came off.
Cheers, Anita.

Patchwork and Play said...

This is a fantastic quilt Mandy! I'm certain your friend will appreciate the time and skill involved in putting this together! I will be well loved!

Quilts on Bastings said...

Great quilt Mandy - too funny about the bird poo, I must say I haven't had that happen!

Julie Mylander said...

Beautiful quilt! I can see why you would want to keep it! Oh, I bet that was pretty tense with the bird poo! It is a funny story though, now. I love the pattern you quilted with your longarm. What a great gift for a dear friend!

Lorna McMahon said...

I absolutely LOVE this pattern! And your fabric choices are just gorgeous! What a fabulous finish, Mandy! I am not surprised Jeanne loves this quilt!

Kris said...

I have been wanting to make a quilt like this for a while. I just love the fabric you used. so pretty!

Jo Ferguson said...

The quilt is gorgeous. I can see why you'd want to make another. I love the pattern and your colour choices really worked well. Thank you for going into the wilds of your backyard to take a photo of the quilting/back. Who'd have thought it would be so dangerous. Glad the poo came off.