Tuesday, August 21, 2012

40th Anniversary Quilt

40th anniversary quilt 1

I am so happy to finally be able to say that this quilt is finished! It's a quilt to celebrate my parents' 40th wedding anniversary, which happened back in June, but really thoughtful gifts are worth the wait, right??

40th anniversary quilt 2

Each of the foundation pieced blocks represents something about my parents and their life together.

4 blocks

Pansy: Mom enjoys gardening • House: they built their house together • O: they met at the Ohio State University • Pig: they were hog farmers when I was a kid

more anny blocks

Heart: for love! • Truck: my dad's job • Boat: boating is an activity they like doing together (this isn't the right kind of boat, but after several failed attempts at drawing a motor boat, I went with this easy-to-sew sailboat!) • Fish: fishing is another hobby they both enjoy

I had a fat quarter pack of Deb Strain's Cherish Nature collection I knew I wanted to use because it has my mom's favorite blues in it. It was pretty easy to find blocks I could use to represent my parents as I've known them all my life and have plenty of material to work with *wink*. But I took a ridiculous amount of time finding just the right layout. I almost always use EQ7 to work out my design choices, so I thought it might be interesting to see some of my rejected layout ideas.

40th anniversary quilt rejects

The winner:

40th anniversary quilt winner

It's fun to see how a design evolves. My original intention when thinking about this quilt was to make the foundation pieced blocks a secondary design element. Not something you noticed right away, but saw after looking at the quilt for a while, which is why I made them all in neutral fabrics. That's not the way it ended up; I think the blocks are pretty center stage in the quilt. But I love the way it turned out. And I figured if I'm going to spend all that time making these intricate picture blocks, people better notice them!

A peek at the back:

40th anniversary quilt 3

Sewing time was pretty sparse these past few months, so this project pretty much took up my whole summer. But it was well worth it and the summer was spent doing lots of fun summery-type things. However, I'm so ready to tackle some new sewing projects! My oldest starts first grade tomorrow and I look forward to finding our new family routine, which I hope includes a bit more sewing time for me.


  1. Your anniversary quilt is lovely, I am sure your parents will love it. I really like the neutral blocks too.

  2. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing the meaning of the blocks and I love the very first photo! You have such a good eye for color when showcasing this quilt.

    Tell them "Congratulations" and what a testimony to their lives and commitment to each other!

  3. What a beautiful quilt! So full of meaning, and I love the design too - so clever! Happy anniversary to your parents :)

  4. That is gorgeous Jenny, I really love all the thought you put into it and what a fantastic gift :)

  5. WOW, that quilt is beautiful! Happy Anniversary to your parents. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday.

  6. this is really beautiful! i love the colors and the paper pieced blocks are so great!

  7. What a wonderful gift. Im sure they will cherish it!


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