Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Papa's Pride

Well, once again I am under the gun to get a quilt done as a gift. We are having a surprise birthday party for my dad this weekend in New Jersey. His wife had suggested a few weeks ago that a quilt with family pictures would be nice, if I thought I could do it. Of course I said yes. The fact that I have never made a quilt like this, or used any of the products to transfer pics to fabric never crossed my mind. I think the hardest part was picking the pictures. I had 40+ years worth of pics to go through and finally settled on 30 of them. Hmm..what pattern? I really love the 9 Patch quilt from the Moda Bake Shop , so I decided to use that and switch the spot for the 9 patches with the family pics. Finally, last night, I got to start sewing it (remember..I am leaving early Sat morning, so it needs to be done by then!!). I got the center of the top done last night and tonight finished putting the borders on. It really goes together quickly once you have it all cut! I added one more row of blocks to the pattern, so the top measures in at 80 1/2" x 92 1/2". Tonight I am sandwiching it and beginning the quilting on it.

These are a couple of pics showing the pictures after I printed them onto the fabric. I hope you can see how clear these turned out. I am VERY impressed. I guess I was thinking of the old transfers we used to put on shirts and was not expecting the amazing clarity of the pics.

Here is a shot of the finished top. As usual, it was dark out, so you don't get the vibrancy of the colors but I will post a clearer pic as soon as I get it quilted. This is a Moda Glace jelly roll with a little yellow thrown in.

And a close up of a couple of the photos:

Other than rushing like a madwoman, this has been a GREAT experience! I can't wait to use photos in more projects now that I know how versatile and easy this is. If you have had any doubts, check out the new products and give it a try!!


  1. What a wonderful quilt! He is sure to love it and I love the pattern you chose.

  2. Oh Reenie, your dad is going to be so happy when he sees that quilt. The pictures turned out really nice.

  3. That is so cool - it looks great! I bet he will absolutely love it.

    So have you visited yet? Lots of links to other quilters and sewers on the web - and links to charities that need help sewing some love for those in need.

  4. This is great. I love that pattern and what a great setting it is for the photos. Have a great trip ... oops, it's sat. you are probably giving the gift as I type! Wave to me as you go home again. Hope you've had a great time. Love the quilt.

  5. What a great gift and the quilt turned out beautiful as always. You are so talented.