- Sierra's QuiLt -

It was a labor of love, this quilt that Becky, Suzie and I made for our new daughter-in-law/sister-in-law Sierra. Making the quilt was a team effort and a joy for me to work with my daughters.

Mike and Sierra were so happy to get the quilt that they spread it out and posed with it right in my kitchen.


This is the "inspiration quilt" that Sierra loved when she and Mike were engaged. (Sorry, I can't make the image appear.) When I told her we wanted to make her a quilt, she showed me this photo that she had pinned (from the tumbler feed of "a well-traveled woman"). Sierra was drawn to the modern feel and the simple design. I knew it was going to be a fun project and sent the picture on to Becky and Suzie. 

They both went to work on the quilt. Suzie started finding fabrics - both online and at stores where she lives. She came to Logan for Sierra's shower and brought a stack of fabrics for the quilt. We also pulled some pieces from my stash. Suzie even talked Mike into weighing in on fabrics he liked. 

Brookelyn also got in on the decision making and had some good suggestions. The large-print florals and gingham checks were important to achieve the right 'look.' Suzie had a good eye and did some patient sleuthing through internet fabric shops to put together the perfect yardage. 
Meanwhile, Becky was figuring out the quilt pattern. The blocks had to be varying widths and yet the strips had to end up the same length. That took some good math skills. She came up with a cutting guide which Suzie used as she marathoned a couple of late nights to cut the blocks. Then Becky and I sewed the strip sets and Becky sewed the quilt together. 
 Lizzie loved playing with the fabrics. 
My friend Carol Armstrong graciously consented to machine quilt the quilt - in the midst of her Christmas preparations and getting ready for family to visit. I appreciated her so much. Her quilting is beautiful.
I was looking at the quilt and loving how Carol added some hearts into the design. Suddenly I saw another little extra...Mike and Sierra's initials quilted into a block on the lower edge. So special...thanks Carol! 

I kept the quilt for awhile...yes, it took me some time to get the binding sewed on...and it looked so awesome hanging from our balcony that I just had to enjoy it for a few days weeks. Now it's at home in Sierra and Mike's cute little apartment where it belongs.  
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