Friday, 24 May 2013

Birthday roses

One of my daughter's best friends celebrated her 18th birthday yesterday. Daughter decided last week that she'd like to make her friend a quilt ... as you do! 


I directed her to Want It, Need It, Quilt where she promptly chose a 'Padstow' layer cake by Cabbages and Roses for Moda. Her choice took me by surprise a little - very 'English Roses', sophisticated and grown up.

 

The time frame demanded something simple, so she used my raw edge quilt tutorial. We argued debated enthusiastically about whether to use the two dominant red prints. I lost :) But  we compromised by including a few extra dark pink fabrics.



For a girl who has not shown much interest in sewing, I was very impressed with how quickly and perfectly she put this quilt together. She was decisive and focussed, dismissing any procrastinating on my part. "No Mum, no time for worrying about that. I have to finish this for Thursday"!



Admittedly, she ran out of time to hand stitch the bind. That was my job, into the wee hours of Thursday morning! And so, daughter arrived at school yesterday, a cold, bleak Thursday, with her birthday parcel tucked proudly under her arm. She even tolerated my request to take my point-and-shoot camera to school to snap some shots to show you! Her friend is a beautiful young girl, sincere and loyal. She was quietly overwhelmed with her gift, and I'm guessing the quilt will be used to snuggle under as she studies for her HSC later in the year. 

16 comments:

  1. What a wonderful gift. Your daughter's friend will cherish it forever. Be proud Mom, you raise a very kind caring child.

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  2. What a beautiful quilt. A very special and thoughtful gift for a friends birthday. My daughter has started quilting and I will now use the words strongly debated instead of argue when she asks me for my opinion on how to do something then argues strongly debates when I give it!! I also use ask your teacher what she thinks and then the teacher tells her to do what I told her to do.

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  3. What a lovely gift .......for your daughters friend, and for you to share the making of the quilt with your daughter. As a mother of three boys, I am a little envious.

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  4. Well, at least she gave you a week or so. Better than the night before. Very impressed that she was keen to sew something - a very special gift that will be used for many, many years!

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  5. What a thoughful and commited daughter you have. Her friend will likely remeber this useful, beautiful gift of love all her life. Good on your for puting in those early morning hours to see it through to completion in time. It may be the beginning of more sewing projects for her, they make such wonderful gifts.

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  6. Wonderful quilt. So funny, you never know with what the girls come up with. They alway surprise us ;-)

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  7. Just beautiful. Perfect present for this time of year

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  8. what a beautiful gift....
    Hugz

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  9. What I like best: how many friends fit under the quilt in the photos.
    Great job.
    I hope you got to catch up on sleep after the binding was done!

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  10. Such a beautiful quilt made in record time. Good on her.

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  11. So very precious Ros...lovely story, you've made my morning!
    Her friend will treasure it.

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  12. Such a lovely quilt - perfect fabric choice and great piecing!
    I'm sure it will be treasured for many years!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  13. How precious and such a perfect gift, of course no surprises with the talent that exudes in your family.

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  14. I'm not at all surprised by how quickly she took to it! She definitely takes after her mother :) Need to get a photo of her next to my M very soon - there's a little bit of a resemblance :)

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  15. Such a sweet and personal gift. Handmade gifts are the best your daughter is so sweet to do that for her friend.

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