a few of my favourite things

by Nova on January 24, 2012

I knew I was getting close to finishing this one but surprised myself by how close!

hand quilted & labelled..


with some vintage buttons added to the mix

& backed with polka dots  (bonnie & camille’s bliss)


my redwork is complete :) & I am so so happy!

red work

saying that though, I had to walk away from it about 6 inches from the end of the binding as I really didn’t want this project to be ticked off the list! I have loved every stitch.  You can read about the journey here

Mum finished hers too (waaaaaay before me!)

Funny, we ended up with similar subject matter but the results are totally different!  You can see clearer pics of all mum’s embroideries here  &   mine over here

some notes ::

a correspondence project between me & my mum spanning a couple of years.

red & white fabric blocks  were swapped in letters so we each had the same prints.

we each made 40 embroidery blocks & swapped one

block size = 6″

my finished quilt measures approx 70″ x 70″

all  embroideries were either traced or drawn. I used this method a lot too

It’s been a joy.



{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

nicke January 24, 2012 at 6:06 am

what a special thing to do with your mom. you will treasure that quilt forever!


Fran January 24, 2012 at 6:09 am

Both are really beautiful!! Love the polka dot backing too :-)


Laurie January 24, 2012 at 6:16 am

I only wish my daughter had ANY interest in quilting, besides always asking me to make her another one. :) Yours is a sweet quilt; I can see why you didn’t want to finish. Now you can just enjoy looking at it!


leanne January 24, 2012 at 6:32 am

simply gorgeous – love both of them – I’m thinking of doing this with my mum now :)


Flying Blind January 24, 2012 at 6:41 am

Oh they are both so stunning, what a team! Incredible.


Nicky January 24, 2012 at 6:45 am

These are both lovely!


Stacey January 24, 2012 at 7:16 am

Nova, they both look great, it wonderful that you both made your own designs. perfect.


Katy January 24, 2012 at 7:21 am

Oooh, these look fab, what a great combined project. I’m totally laughing when I saw the block size though, the one you inspired me to make had 12″ x 13″ blocks!!! No wonder yours seemed to take less time than mine :D


Tanya January 24, 2012 at 7:49 am

Absolutely beautiful Nova! So much detail and care, definitely to be treasured. x


Suzanne January 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

What a lovely project. This will be treasured for year! I love your hand quilting and the vintage buttons add such a nice touch.


Angelina S. January 24, 2012 at 11:22 am

Oh, Nova. This is so lovely! What a special project for you and your Mother. I feel lucky to have been able to watch your progress. Thank you for sharing some of your favorite things with me through your blog!


Melissa January 24, 2012 at 11:57 am

This, is so amazing. I could look at all night. Wow.


Gayle January 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I love your quilt and I also love that both you and your Mum made one. Well done!!


Jenny M January 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Beautiful quilts and such a special project to share with your Mum.


Colby - Sew.Quilt.Explore. January 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Such a beautiful quilt! And the meaning behind it adds so much to it! Such a good idea!


Kerry January 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I am not surprised you didn’t want to finish, this quilt had a beautiful journey and a fantastic ending! Absolutely love it!


Reene January 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

It looks totally fabulous Nova! What a fantastic heirloom project to have shared with your Mum. You might just have inspired me again :-)


Ailsa January 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Absolutely stunning! You’ve both made gorgeous pieces there, you should be rightly pleased with yourselves!


Judith Dahmen January 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Oh Nova it is so beautiful. I was thinking about this one actually a couple of times last week and was close to drop you a mail asking “When the hell are you finished with it, I want to see it !” You must have been reading my mind. Well done to both of you for two wonderful quilt works.


Franziska January 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm

it’s funny. A couple of days ago I thought “what happened to the embroidery quilt?”. I couldn’t remember and thought it was because of my bad memory… But now I know you didn’t finish it (until now). But it’s really wonderful. I like it a lot.
Why did I think of it? I thought about labeling a quilt and thought “I wished I could do such awesome embroidery like her.”. Unfortunately I don’t and ‘though I have tried it I’m not convinced that it looks good. Maybe someday a tutorial will find my way and my ability will be better.


lee January 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm

A beautiful and meaningful quilt! I adore the redwork.


Krista - Poppyprint January 25, 2012 at 2:28 am

Nova, I’ve long admired this project and seeing it here all quilted and bound, I can understand your desire for it to continue forever. What a labour of sweet love! Congratulations – it really is one of my most favourite stitchery projects ever, not only for how beautifully it turned out, but for all of the sentiment and sharing with your Mom, too. So, so special.


Jacey January 25, 2012 at 4:38 am

I remember seeing some of your redwork last year, but I’m not sure I realized the span of this project. Both of your quilts are lovely!


Annie January 25, 2012 at 6:36 am

I’m blown away I am so stealing this idea and making this quilt. I embroider everything (my fist craft love) and have run out of ideas other than the quilt I’m making with embroidered mazes for the grand kids to come – (I hope). This has been one of those why didn’t I think of that moments. Thanks!


Liz January 25, 2012 at 6:47 am

Simply stunning! It’s making me itch for a bit of hand-sewing to do.


Judy January 25, 2012 at 7:07 am

Just lovely. I wish when I lived overseas my mother and I made something like this. I love the keep calm and carry on stitchery.


Sarah January 25, 2012 at 3:58 pm

congratulations Nova! Your quilt, and your Mum’s, are both beautiful. Wow!!


Janine January 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Your quilts are beautiful and I l’ve the way you did this project with mum!


Lauren @ Craft My Life Away January 26, 2012 at 3:16 am

I am just loving the rework quilt. You really did a spectacular job. Very inspirational.


ina January 26, 2012 at 5:39 am

What a special quilt! What a special quilt to be passed down in the family. ;p


catriona January 26, 2012 at 8:36 am

Gorgeous quilt! I love it,and your Mum’s too. What a brilliant idea and a memory to treasure.


kathyh January 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

I have a fondness for redwork and this is extra special for having shared the journey with your mother.


amandajean January 29, 2012 at 6:19 am

oh, Nova! it’s just wonderful! what a sense of accomplishment you must feel. it’s beautiful. love your hand stitching!


Emma January 30, 2012 at 5:27 am

What a fabulous quilt and such a great way to share with your mother. I can see why you didn’t want this quilt to end.


Chrissie Grace January 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

Oh Nova!
It is truly a labor of love!


Kallie February 2, 2012 at 3:18 am

I have been popping in to look at your blog for a couple weeks now and just wanted to say it is just lovely! The Favorite Things red work quilt is stunning and really makes me want to add it to my ever growing to do list! Fantastic job by both you and your mom!

Have a great day!


Second Hand Rose February 7, 2012 at 12:24 am

WOW!! Your quilt is amazing, you are amazing! I’d love to be able to make something like this! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.com/


Anne May 10, 2013 at 6:19 am

that is the CUTEST thing I’ve ever seen!


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