Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Namaste Hug for Gillian

She's done.  And I'm in love.  This quilt was sewn with good vibrations, love, and positive thoughts for a dear friend.  Hope you've got a warm coffee or tea in hand for the dozen photos in this post!

A Namaste Hug - Namaste is a Sanskrit word with which I, like most yoga teachers, always close my classes.  It simply means "the light and all that is good within me humbly honours the light and all that is good within you."  Isn't that a beautiful salutation?

pre-washing, sunny
post-washing, not as sunny
What a difference a few hours makes for light!

The back:
I wish you could feel the incredible soft plush of this fabric
This shows off the plush fabric, as well as the quilting and the random words I quilted in in various spots
The backing was a hit at the guild meeting Tuesday night; the girl holding up the quilt for Show 'n Tell took it, and then when she touched it, her eyes widened, she gasped, "Oh!" and she rubbed her cheek against the back, saying, "MMM!" and smiling.  :-)  They were so impressed with the short, oh-so-soft plush pile. Someone else had a quilt for Show 'n Tell with navy minky on the back but it was a longer pile and not as nice.  I didn't ask where she purchased hers, but the shop owner of Guildcrafters said the box stores don't get the real minky Cuddle stuff.  I found out that a quilt shop in Leamington, just 8 km away from home, has lots of minky, so I will check them out.  And let you know how it compares price-wise of course!
Side view trying to get the texture of the ribbon candy and dot to dot after washing
I used the Jinny Beyer Coral Reef fabric as the binding, scraps of which I used to line one of my Nesting Bowls.  Bought for kaleidoscopes, and used as the backing on a bargello quilt in the early 2000s, I now have very little of it left.  I love a striped binding, and this one was perfect; there are also two squares of it in the heart.  I usually sew my binding down on the back by hand but this one I did by machine, sewing it to the back first, and then machine edge-stitching it down on the front.  It turned out really well.  I zigzagged the edges before applying the binding even though I'd already stay-stitched them, another tip from Jasmine.

Since Jasmine of Quilt Kisses had given me a wealth of advice and tips, I decided to copy her method of labelling a quilt.  I also hadn't applied my regular label before loading the quilt on my Avanté...
Why is there always a little thread, or in this case, piece of dead grass, that you don't notice until you input a picture?
I kept the swirl quilting quite open and large; Jasmine advice, so it didn't squash the pile.  At the store, the owner said she's used Cuddle a lot on quilt backings and she finds it's okay to quilt it closer as once you wash it the pile fluffs up just fine.  btw, it sure did wash up nicely!  I am happy I did the loose quilting; it was fast and freeing and it did turn out really well. The entire quilt is so soft and not heavy at all.

Here are some shots of the words I quilted in:
I always do this in the quilts I gift, quilt the recipient's name or names into the quilt.  Sometimes I tell them, sometimes I don't, and let them find the surprise.  Without going into detail, but I'm sure many of you have guessed, Gillian has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.  She was my first Yin yoga teacher, one of my first two Ashtanga yoga teachers, and we did Ashtanga yoga teacher training together throughout 2012, me for the first time, her for like the twenty-first. She likes to stay current, and loves workshops.



A shot of the Dot to Dot and ribbon candy pre-washing; I'm really happy with how I'm improving with ruler work on my Avril, as well as quilting upside down, sideways, diagonally, etc.

Love this old stone wall across the street!
Quilt Stats
Pattern:  original design based on Helen's Big Heart Big Family quilt
Size:  50 1/4"X54.5"post-quilting, but pre-washing it was 52X56
Fabric:  Kona Snow from my stash, pink and aqua from my scraps and stash
Backing: Minky Cuddle by Shannon Fabrics purchased at Guildcrafters
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on my Avanté
Threads: pieced with Gütermann; quilted with Isacord white 0015 and pink 2560, both 40 weight; machine bound, and edge-stitched with Sulky rayon variegated in pinks 2130 40 wt

I will definitely be using Minky Cuddle again... Jasmine, you have a convert!

I will be linking this post up with Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Pet Project Saturday at Pink Doxies, and Oh Scrap! At Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework. Phew! So much fabulous creativity and inspiration in our corner of blogland. :-)

30 comments:

Patricia said...

Beautiful quilt, love the pink and aqua!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

I really love the quilted frame around the heart with the ribbon candy; what a great choice! And thanks so much for sharing some of Jasmine's great tips on how to use cuddle / minky. I might have to give that a try one of these days...

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

This post just makes me smile :) Beautifully done! Gillian is sure to feel all of the love, good vibrations and positive thoughts that radiate from this quilt. I can feel them from the pictures. She is sure to have great comfort in knowing that a piece of you is wrapped around her as she goes through her treatments. Namaste my friend :)

Skootchover said...

Such a gorgeous quilt! The quilting you did takes it from wow to WOW! The last minky I used for backing gave me a lot of trouble. Thanks for the info about the shorter pile minky; I'll have to try that next time.

Ruth said...

Beautiful, love the swirly quilting! Really looks so cosy and warm.

Tish Stemple said...

What a great post all the way around. You taught me a great new word and that I would like to try minky as a backing. Everything about this quilt is great. Your quilting looks amazing and you really took advantage of all that negative space. This quilt screams love and warmth feelings.

Julie said...

I say Yum too. This is a beautiful job,Sandra. I know your friend will love the care you put into it.

Shelley Folkerts said...

I truly love everything about this quilt. Gillian will certainly see and feel all the love you put into her quilt. I have not worked with minky before, or at least not the good stuff. If one is to quilt with it on their domestic machine, do you have to spray baste the living lights out of it? Thanks for sharing your gorgeous finish. Namaste, dear Sandra.

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

This is a beautiful quilt Sandra. The quilting is fabulous, and there is so much to discover hidden in the yumminess. Your friend is sure to love it!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

So beautiful, Sandra! Therre's nothing better than a quilt made for someone you love who needs a hug right now. Your friend will love it!

Liz said...

This turned out so beautifully, Sandra! The quilting is gorgeous and I love the way you've personalized the quilting. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift - I'm sure Gillian will sense the positive vibes in this!

barbara woods said...

It's beautiful, I write words on mine because they are for family

BJ said...

What a beautiful quilt with a beautiful sentiment to match. It will surely bring lots of joy. I've been backing quilts (certainly baby quilts, fall/winter lap quilts & throws) with Minky for a decade now. Once a quilt recipient gets one with a Minky back, it's a must for subsequent ones. Love the way the quilting shows up on the back. Very nice!

Sandra Walker said...

Hi BJ, Thanks so very much for your comments; I think this is at least the second one. I've tried to find you with no luck whatsoever. There is no blog linked to the Blogger profile that comes up when I click your name, and you are a no-reply blogger. I always respond to comments, so I do hope you somehow see this and know that I appreciate you taking the time to leave another comment. This Minky was just incredibly soft. I want some for me!

Gina Smith said...

Beautiful. I love how you've quilted it. You can feel the good thoughts and energies coming from it

Gina Smith said...

Beautiful. I love how you've quilted it. You can feel the good thoughts and energies coming from it

Heide said...

How wonderful, love your quilting too!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I like the idea of quilting words. The quilting is amazing! You should be proud.

Maartje Quilt said...

The colors, design and quilting is so beautiful with this quilt. Great job. Congrats with this amazing finish.

Valerie Reynolds said...

Fantastic finish!! Inspired by the personalization of words....

gayle said...

It's gorgeous! The quilting just takes it right over the top. I'm sure your friend will feel the love radiating from it.
8)

Jasmine said...

I love everything about this quilt including the design, the name the quilting, the binding, the label... I could go on and on. So glad you showed close-ups of your gorgeous quilting. I have quilted my sons' names into their quilts, so I will have to think about doing it for others. Glad your first experience with the minky was successful. I'm sure your friend will treasure it.

Lynn White said...

That is such a beautiful quilt! The shape, the fabric and the exceptional quilting, what a great job. Thanks for showing us.

Linda C said...

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I am lost for words. This quilt literally takes my breath away. It's nothing short of magnificent; I feel it is one of, if not THE most beautiful quilts you've done, but that's so difficult to judge as they're all stunning. A wonderful friend you are, she will take such comfort in it. I can feel the soft gentle backing through the pictures. Could stim on that softness forever. <3

Ramona said...

Oh my this quilt is gorgeous! I love everything about it... the message behind it, the words quilted into it, the heart, the colors, the quilting.... all of it. What a wonderful gift. Your friend will sure feel the blessings coming from this beautiful gift.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

What a great finish Sandra! It really is beautiful and I am sure will be treasured and bring great comfort. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Stitchin At Home said...

Wow Snadra! This is beautiful. I am sure it will be a great comfort to your friend.

Lara B. said...

"Namaste Hug" - a beautiful name that conveys your feelings so well. This quilt is so gorgeous Sandra! I really love the quilting you did: the ribbon candy framing the quilt, the swirls, hearts, and the words and Gillian's name. Real Minky makes the most huggable backing and is so perfect when you want to surround the recipient in love. I pray that your friend beats her cancer. This quilt will certainly bring her much comfort!

Linda said...

What a beautiful quilt, with beautiful intentions. Love everything about it.

Word Weaver Art said...

Oh my goodness! The white space is absolutely as intriguing as the colored part! I honestly didn't see it coming from the "flimsy" (You know I can throw around these quilter words now. ha ha ha) where it was just a lovely heart on a big piece of white. The quilting completely transformed it. Pretty amazing. :)