Thursday, December 29, 2011

FO: Avalon Squared and #500

My friends, what a fabulous way to celebrate my birthday today. This is post #500 on little old Jaceycraft. Woo! That's amazing. I know I'm talkative, but I'm impressed!
So, I would like to have some sort of giveaway to celebrate this, but I think I'll wait until the new year, especially since SMS Day was not so long ago (like, 2 weeks).

So, in the meantime, I can finally share my sister's quilt with you!

FO: Avalon Squared

Here it is!! Avalon Squared. I've named it this for two reasons. The majority of the fabric is Avalon by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics. Also, as I was trying to decide on a pattern that would let these bold prints shine, I came across a quilt called Avalon in Material Obsession. So, Avalon Squared!

FO: Avalon Squared

I backed the quilt with an old sheet from the linen closet. I'm glad I used a solid, so that the quilting can shine. I quilted each block a little differently. The block on the right with the pebbling caused many uttered expletives. I broke three needles while doing the pebbles. Odd, since Ella's Bohus Pillow didn't give me any such troubles. I'm guess it was the weight of the quilt.

FO: Avalon Squared

I used Joel Dewberry's Herringbone for the binding, and there's also an FQ of his Woodgrain in the quilt.

The quilt is approximately 60" x 80", so it's a great couch-size quilt.

FO: Avalon Squared

It really was hard to let this go. These photos were taken by Jill. I finished Thursday (just three days before Christmas), and then we experienced several days of dreary weather. Jill was nice enough to snap some pictures yesterday and share them with me.

FO: Avalon Pillowcases

I also made some pillowcases to go along with the quilt!

I know I mentioned this before, but Jill is an amazing sister. She has made my 30th birthday something truly memorable. I feel so lucky to have love, support, understanding and friendship in you.
Thank you again, sister!

And happy new year to you all! Thanks for being a part of this space with me.

26 comments:

  1. Oh, Happy Birthday Jacey!!!! I hope you have a wonderful day or at least a wonderful evening if you're working today (as I am). As I said on Flickr, this quilt just glows. Avalon squared was definitely a great name! How funny that both things came together like that.

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  2. Happy, happy birthday Jacey! The quilt is *gorgeous*.

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  3. Birthdays are great, and how cool that you're posting about a gift you gave to someone else :) I LOVE this quilt and will have to make one similar - I have been having a "bicycle quilt" on the brain and this looks so do-able :)

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  4. Well Happy Birthday! I have a sister named Jill too :)

    -Julia
    Blue-J Cottage 

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  5. And pillow cases? Nice! Your quilt looks great!

    Happy Birthday! :D

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  6. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day! Love the quilting you did....that is like, amazing!!

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  7. Happy Birthday Jacey! #500 way to go!

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  8. Happy happy birthday! That quilt is gorgeous! I'm sorry the pebbles didn't cooperate this time. Would you still do them again or is there another pattern you used on the quilt that you like more?

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  9. I love the quilting! You are right the solid makes it "POP"! The pillow cases are a great finish to the quilt. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. happy birthday old lady! the quilt is gorgeous, i love it. i hope you have a great night! xoxo

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  11. Happy birthday, Jacey! The quilt is awesome, and I love the different quilting patterns you did in each block!

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  12. The finished quilt looks great. Best wishes for a very happy birthday! We look forward to hearing about it soon. Here's to a wonderful 2012 and many more crafting adventures and blog posts!

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  13. Happy Birthday Jacey!! Have a wonderful day!p

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  14. Happy Birthday to you my dear.
    The quilt looks amazing, love all the colour. x

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  15. ohhh, love the avalon quilt! i started one forever ago and haven't finished it yet - so lazy! yours is definitely inspiring!
    happy birthday, crafty lady! <3

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  16. Happy birthday! The quilt looks great!

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  17. Happy Birthday Jacey! And congrats on 500 posts, that's impressive! Love that quilt, its gorgeous. I made the avalon too, it's fantastic to show off so many prints. Love that you quilted all the blocks differently. I always have no patience when it come to the actual quilting!

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  18. Ooh, I love how this quilt turned out, and the pillows are terrific too!

    Hope you had a great birthday!!

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  19. Happy Birthday, Jacey!!! And Happy New Year!

    I love your pillowcases! Mine never got made, however I will make myself a set with my Out Foxed just as soon as I can! This is the longest I've gone without sewing all year!! I can't wait to get back to it! :)

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  20. Happy Birthday! What a gorgeous quilt :)

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  21. Happy Birthday Jacey!!! The quilt is just GORGEOUS!! What a fantastic job you did on the quilting:) Here is to a New Year filled with LOTS of sewing time:) I hope you enjoyed your day! Congrats on your 500th post!!!

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  22. Okay, please tell me where I can find some of that bike fabric (both kinds that you included on the pillow). Do you know the brand/line pretty please? ;)

    Okay, that aside. The quilt is amazing Jacey. I love the colors and the arrangement of the blocks...I love the solid back and the different quilting on each block. It's perfect and I'm sure your sister loved it! And those pillowcases are AWESOME!

    Happy belated 30th!!!! Sorry I missed the actual day...I was in a jet-lagged, post-holiday blue mood for a few days! But it sounds like you turned 30 in style and I hope your find this decade to be even better than last!!

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  23. Happy Happy Birthday! You are such an awesome girl. Thank you so much for being my blog friend.

    And how much do I love that bicycle quilt!?!?! Sisters are the best.

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  24. Happy Birthday (again)! That is such an amazing quilt! Like Rachel, I love the contrast of colors and stitching. You have a very lucky sister!

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