TGIFF – Bartering for Flowers

My mother-in-law knows how to strike a deal! Earlier in the year she casually mentioned how she wanted to make herself a new duvet cover, and I fell for it, hook, line and sinker. No sooner had I suggested I instead make her a quilt, were we at The Remnant Warehouse shopping for fabric. “Beverley, they don’t open until nine.” “Yes, but we want to make sure we get the good fabrics,” she said, turning to me as we stood outside on their sidewalk at 6:37 AM on a Saturday morning.

Oh, we got the good fabrics. All the pinks, mint greens, rose buds, and precious floral fantasia you could find in the place. Oh, and checks, it must have checks. I had to scale that woman back, lest it turn into an overpowering, Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds mess. It almost went there, let me tell you.  I insisted we dilute the sweetness with a few graphic elements like the red and cream stripe, and the pink mini-herringbone.

It wasn’t all bad though. She gravitated towards the Tilda Mini-Roses in White, and while not necessarily my cup of English Breakfast, I can get down with some preciousness every now and again. (Lord Latifah knows I’ve been known to clutch my pearls!) I also thought that other multi-coloured fabric used for the binding was especially crisp, so I was happily on board her crazy-train for that one.

So fabrics in tow, I was off to make some magic happen. I’d never made a Disappearing Nine Patch quilt before, and since known for its effortless effectiveness, I thought it would be a good way to sail through this project with fabrics that didn’t quite leave me inspired.

Along the way, my mother-in-law loaned out her Pfaff sewing machine for me to complete this project and sneak in as many others as I can. For that, I am forever thankful! (:::bows humbly and graciously to Beverley for her patience, kindness, and generosity:::) I’m a bit sad that it will be returning to her house, but it has given me proof that I need to invest in a quality machine of my own. 

I also learned more about machine binding, and took the opportunity on this quilt to try it out myself. I don’t think I’m a total Stan yet, but with some more practice, and with the right quilt, I can see the benefits. You might even see it on an upcoming quilt — hint hint!

The stellar quilting was completed with Aurifil 2835 Sage Green, by Jane Davidson (Quilt Jane) of Want it, Need it, Quilt! I was uber-impressed with her artistry, communication, price, and speedy delivery. If you need a quilting service in Australia, I would highly recommend this divine creature! I’ve yet to label it, but I plan on doing that post-haste as soon as I get some labels ordered. 

So I’m calling this epic quilt, Bartering for Flowers since my mother-in-law saw an opportunity to get what she wanted, and in exchange I got what I needed. As I present it to her tomorrow for her 72nd birthday (and early Christmas gift!) I know we will both cherish the contributions this quilt has given us. Regardless, it’s always a good idea to keep the mother-in-law happy, no matter the cost of flowers.
Some quick quilt facts:

Title: Bartering for Flowers
Size: 90″ x 104″
Quilt Design: Disappearing Nine Patch
Patch size: 5″
Quilting: Aurifil 2835 Sage Green,
by Jane Davidson (Quilt Jane) of Want it, Need it, Quilt!
Binding: Machine stitched front and back
Backing: Extra wide backing fabric, with DNP racing stripe
Label: To be added at a later date
Favourite Part: That it will make my MIL happy.

21 Responses

  1. Leigh Anne says:

    So now I understand why you've been so speedy with the quilting! You were on a borrowed machine deadline LOL.

    This turned out wonderful and your MIL will be thrilled.

  2. What a good son-in-law you are!! Reminded me I need to make MY MIL a lunch bag as she ordered before she arrives next month… And oh yes darling, you need to get a good machine!

  3. Paula says:

    You've done a beautiful job and the quilting is wonderful. Your MIL is one very lucky lady.

  4. You know, I actually really like it! The graphics help immensely.

  5. Pat says:

    I'm not big on those flowery fabrics either, but this turned out great – very soft and pretty.

  6. Sooli says:

    Well it turned out beautifully in the end. A lovely mix of fabrics which I'm sure she's going to love. Definitely scored yourself some brownie points there which may well translate into an awesome Chrissy pressie for you from MIL! (Get thee to a sewing machine shop with haste!)

    • Muttmomkay says:

      I so want a new sewing machine too. I can understand now why I have been unable to keep up with all your projects the last weeks. so sorry that it has to go back. after using the pfaff, is that the machine you want or do you have your sights on a different machine?

  7. Very lovely! I think the red and cream stripes really ground the quilt and are the perfect touch.

  8. Jane S. says:

    You were spot on about the red stripes. They work wonderfully!

  9. Am L says:

    The fabrics aren't my preference either, but the quilt looks fabulous. Great job, and I'm sure your mil will love it.

  10. Jenny says:

    It's perfectly lovely. You and the quilter did a great job.

  11. Katy Cameron says:

    Fabulous exchange dahling, shame the machine wasn't for keepsies!

  12. Julie says:

    It is a beautiful quilt – I am sure she will be thrilled with it.

  13. The O's says:

    That is simply stunning. It was stunning before Jane quilted it but even more so now! Love the binding fabric.

    Given the recent kitchen purchase I propose equal if not more be spent on your Christmas pressie! Put your dream on layby, set it up with the store and ask friends to pay some off for you for Christmas…

  14. This will surprise no one. But I like the back the best. It's like you zapped her with a modern quilt but all sneaky-like. 🙂

    It's so hard to work outside of one's fabric "like" zone. Congratulations for doing it, and for doing it so fabulously!

  15. Kelly Young says:

    It's a really pretty quilt, even if it isn't your usual style. I really do think that the addition of the red/cream stripe keeps it from being too precious. I'm sure your MIL knew exactly what she was doing- getting herself a Molli Sparkles original!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  16. Gorgeous quilt thanks for sharing. Marie (

  17. RobinSue says:

    Even though it wasn't exactly your cup of tea – it's a beautiful quilt. Your MIL is very lucky!

  18. Sarah_L_N says:

    It's lovely, the quilting really suits it 🙂 I got a new sewing machine recently. I wasn't sure I really needed one other than my very basic singer, but once I tried it in the shop I realised how much nicer it was to sew on! I hope you get a shiny new one soon 🙂

  19. Looks like a lovely finish – thank you for linking to TGIFF!!

  20. Adrianne says:

    Even though I share your opinion on the fabrics I still think this is a beautiful quilt. I'm so pleased your MIL loves it!

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