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Friday, November 8, 2019

Running Free

Granddaughter Megan had a big birthday this week – I can’t believe she is now 25!  Like all grandmothers I can remember when she was born, a toddler, going to school, then college, now working, haven’t the years just flown by.  We met up during the week for coffee to hand over her new quilt for her special birthday.

Birthday girl Megan with her Nana

Just like her older sister Emma, Megan is a keen and proficient horsewoman, taking part in all manner of horse events, from competitions to hunts.  So a horse quilt would be just the thing for this birthday celebration.   With a whole pile of dark grey and black nine patch blocks left over from Emma’s horse quilt,   I decided to utilise them, introducing a bright teal as sashing between the blocks.

Nine patch blocks

These blocks were set around a horse panel I spotted in a quilt shop while on our travels some time ago.  The sashings picked up the touches of blue water in the panel.  The top was assembled some time ago, you can see how tiny our kitten Gemma was back then.  And as often happens, the project was put away for a while, but not forgotten.

Working on the top

The quilt was finished earlier this year and I took it to a local quilter to be commercially quilted.  Much too big for me to cope with, it measures 87 inches by 95 inches.  I remember sewing the miles of binding down, that took ages. 


With the label added, it was just a matter of waiting for the big birthday to roll around.  Now both granddaughters have their own special horse quilts.

Running Free, for Megan


loulee said...

Lucky Grand-daughter. What a lovely quilt. That blue sashing really does pick up the blue in the panel.

White Rose said...

Hi Jenny happy birthday to your lovely granddaughter and what a beautiful gift you gave her,the quilt is amazing xx

Lyndsey said...

Jenny the quilt is beautiful and the teal gives it a lovely pop of colour. The horse panel is perfect for a horse loving grandaughter.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

very sweet! I love horses but never had the chance to learn how to ride

Tired Teacher said...

Happy Birthday, Megan! Love the quilt and the photo of you and Megan.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Before I forget, Jenny, how are you adding your selvage strips to those pretty Asterisk blocks?
Love your version of Meg's pretty autumn design and the perfect border fabric for it.
Happy smiles in this photo!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

What a meaningful and special gift for your granddaughter. Just lovely.

Judith nb Serena said...

Beautiful quilt for your granddaughter, love the colours. Also like your heading stitching. I was wondering how you attached the selvedge asterisk too.
Judith nb Serena.

Karen S said...

Lovely to see the two of you together. Your quilt is a wonderful gift!

Janice said...

It’s beautiful! I bet it was very well received. It is a lovely photo of the two of you.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Its beautiful Jenny and what a zpecial gift from her Grandmother....I am sure it will be treasured xx