Monday, July 27, 2009

A Very Special Gift

On as many “every other Fridays” as I can manage, I try to get over to the Borders near my house. There’s a fantastic group of local knitters that gather there on a regular basis (every other Friday, obviously).

One of our members, Heather, recently added a baby girl to her family. The Friday group managed to get their hands on her sock yarn scraps and Laurie organized the ModPod pattern for everyone to add a pod or two or three.

The project made its way around the group for several months. I don’t really know who all worked on it, but since Laurie and CelticQueen knew of my mad quilting skillz (HA!), they asked if I’d be willing to add a backing to the quilt.

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Laurie rescued the blanket from Michelle at Bloomin (an easy drop-off point for everyone), added a few necessary pods, washed and blocked it, then turned it back over to the store, where I got it about 24 hours before Heather’s shower.

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I basted quickly and took it over to the shower. Heather is a knitter and quilter, and I figured she’d understand getting a not-quite-finished gift for her shower.

I used the "loose" ends in the center of each ModPod to tie the quilt. Used pinking shears to trim the flannel within about 1.5" of the edge the whole way around, as well as clipping the "inside edges." Then I whipstitched the edge.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’ve been on a rip-roaring tear to get unfinished stuff finished and OUT of my house. This one was sent over to Heather on Saturday.

While I would strongly recommend against attempting to attach a woven backing (flannel) to a knitted object, this is one incredibly special gift that I’m certain Heather and her daughter will treasure for a very long time.

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7 comments:

turtlegirl76 said...

That is an awesome quilt! What a great combination of the 2 crafts.

Jen said...

Your finishing job is just excellent! It's such a beautiful blanket.

Jenn said...

You have mad finishing skillz!

Zonda said...

That is one wild blanket and great job on the backing! I would have not enjoyed sewing that yikes! A great gift!

Bezzie said...

I tried backing a baby blanket I knit with flannel once. Let me just say I am super impressed with what you did there!

SJ said...

I love how this turned out!

Celtic Queen said...

You totally rocked this one. I think it will be treasured as every piece includes a story. Thanks for your fabulous job.