Monday, May 21, 2012

a quilt for my daddy

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I'm so happy to be able to finally show you my most recent finished quilt. I have been saving this post for the Blogger's Quilt Festival and am so excited to link it up!

Although I have been working on this quilt for quite some time now, this quilt was fun to do and really one of the easier ones I have done.  I made this quilt for my Dad as a late Christmas and early Father's Day gift.

I chose this verse for my quilt as a testimony to my Dad and our family. The most important thing to my Dad is his relationship with Jesus. No, I have never asked him what's most important. I just know. It's because of the life choices he makes, and the way he lives. Isn't that the way it's supposed to be? My dad is a Godly influence as a father and the leader of his house. My dad, by far, has had the biggest influence on me and my own life decisions. He is the person (aside from Jesus, of course) I try to model myself after, especially as a parent. If you can't tell, I love my dad. I have truly been blessed with the best!


Joshua 24:15 Quilt Front {design- my own}


Joshua 24:15 Quilt Back

Ok. Now for the specifics. This quilt is pieced and appliqued. I drew my own letters so that each letter would be the same size, making the math and geometry part of the design much easier to figure out. Each letter is cut from a large rectangle of pieced strips and is raw edge appliqued with a zigzag stitch to it's own light tan background square. The squares were then pieced together. I added in a pieced "house", tree and arrow in light cream for some extra interest and to fill in the empty spaces.

The back is a solid tree bark fabric. I chose to to a meandering random pattern for the quilting. It gives the back a little of a 3-D effect all while not taking away from the front. I really like the way this turned out and I hope you enjoy it as well!

31 comments:

  1. That is a really lovely quilt! I adore the fabrics and colours you used...

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  2. Very nice. Your dad will surely enjoy such a gift.

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  3. So cool! Dad will love it! :)

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    1. He already has it. You'll have to look at it next time you're there! :)

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  4. I love text quilts. Yours is wonderful.

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    1. Thanks! I enjoyed making this one. I relly like text quilts, too. :)

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  5. Your Dad has certainly set a great example for his daughter. He will be very proud of you and the quilt. Lovely.

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  6. This is such a beautiful quilt and story! I love this verse, I would love to have this on my couch for ALL to see. He is going to love it :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you. It's one of my favorite verses as well. :)

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  7. Oohhh so cool! I have this verse over my fire place. Love the colors you chose!

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    1. Thanks, Shannon. It's one of my favorite verses. I originally wanted to make this quilt for myself, so I could have that verse in my house. I might have to make another! :)

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  8. Beautiful quilt! I loved seeing it at the meeting! Thanks for your tips on it!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. I gave it to my dad a couple of days before the last meeting, or I would have brought the finished quilt. I was kind of disappointed not to be able to bring it.

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  9. it's beautiful and I love the colors you used

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  10. What a lovely gift for your father! He's blessed with a wonderful daughter. And I love the colors you used!

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  11. What a special quilt. Sure to be loved and treasured for many years to come! SMiles~Beth

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  12. That's really wonderful. I have a Godly father as well so I can understand.

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    1. Thanks, Heather. Godly fathers are one of the Lords greatest gifts to His children. I'm so glad that you can relate!

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  13. Amen! Love this quilt for your father.

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  14. I can't believe it has been 3 1/2 months since I had my baby Clark, and I haven't posted on your blog yet. I just wanted to say how much we LOVED having you as our nurse!! I love this quilt too! You are so great!! - Elizabeth, Andrew and Clark Sanders! elizabetherekson.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so happy that you "stopped by" my blog to say hi! I often wonder how things are going for some of the moms and babies that I care for, and you are one of those that has popped into my thoughts a couple of times. It was a blessing to take care of you. I hope you are all are doing well. Thanks so much for posting- it truly means so much to me. :)

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