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February 27, 2017

Andrew's Graduation Quilt

 It took me more than a year after Andrew's graduation to deliver his finished graduation quilt so it's only right that it took me over a year to do a blog post about it. Enjoy!

A few months before his graduation I showed Andrew a picture of the quilt I was planning on doing  for his graduation quilt and asked him what he thought. He was honest and said it wasn't really his favorite. So I pulled out a binder of patterns I had been collecting and he started flipping through all the options until he found one he liked. He chose the Pattern Layer Upon Layer by Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts - a pattern that appeared in the August 2013 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. We switched out the reds in the pattern for a variety of his favorite color green and left everything else the same.

When Graduation day came around I had all the individual units pieced. I been hoping to present him with the finished top so that all I had left to do was layer and quilt, but that wasn't the case. On graduation day I presented him with a wrapped shoe box with all those unit pieces stacked up and ready to be finished. He is such a gracious young man, he loved how it was looking so far and of course sent the box back home with me to finish.

Several months later I took all those pieces with me on a quilting retreat and managed to get the center portion pieced. Sadly while I was stitching away my machine quit working and forced me to stop sewing. If it hadn't have been for the machine issues I would have had the borders on it as well. But I had made good progress.

 Once I was back home I sent my machine off to the repair shop and pulled out my back up machine and got those outer borders attached. At this point I decided this was just too small and it needed an additional border to make it fit a double size bed. Which is when I discovered that I didn't have enough of the cream to add the 8 inch borders I wanted to add. So off to the quilt shop I headed praying they had more of the fabric I needed.

After buying everything the quilt shop had and ordering a bit more from an online shop I had enough to make it more of a man sized quilt.

Feathers are one of my favorite quilting motifs, but with this being a manly quilt I needed something less feminine. Open swirls would fit that bill perfectly.

 Of course once the quilting was finished and the binding complete it was time for a photo shoot.

I found the perfect piece of fabric for the backing in the scrap bin at the quilt shop. It was a rather large scrap.

When I finally delivered the finished quilt to Andrew he loved it. He even said it was worth the wait. 

Quilt Stats:

Quilt Name: "Andrew's Choice"
 Finished size: 76" x 88"
Quilt Pattern: Layer Upon Layer by Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts
Pattern can be found: August 2013 of American Patchwork & Quilting
Batting: Heirloom Premium Cotton 80/20 Blend
Quilting Thread: 50wt. Aurifil - Leight Beige #2310
Quilting: Free Motion Quilted using my Husqvarna Sapphire 875Q domestic sewing machine
Thank you for stopping by and sharing in my quilting journey!
Happy Quilting and God Bless,


  1. Such a gorgeous quilt! The piece work & quilting is stunning. A wonderful gift for Andrew to treasure always.


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