Tada! The Aggie Quilt...
It seems that in Texas you're either a Longhorn or an Aggie. For my friend Sherry, being an Aggie is a family tradition. I'm pretty sure she bleeds maroon. She wanted to give her daughter Megan (Class of 2012) a birthday/graduation gift to celebrate their shared love of all things Texas A&M. That gift was The Aggie Quilt.
The Aggie Quilt represents quite a few "firsts" for me. It was my first time to...
- use a quilt kit (Stars Over Texas A&M kit from Lone Star Quiltworks)
- do raw edge applique
- attempt free motion quilting
- make a scrappy binding
At 66x84 inches it is the largest quilt I've ever made. This sucker was so big that even standing on a ladder I couldn't get a picture of the whole quilt. And every bit of it was sewn on my Babylock sewing machine while sitting at my kitchen table. By the time the final stitch was sewn, I had used nearly 4 spools of thread, 9 bobbins, and had broken one needle. I lost count of how many times I thought "what did I get myself into??" But I was determined to see it through from beginning to end, so I stuck with it and I'm really glad that I did. I'm very proud of this quilt. You never know what you're capable of until you challenge yourself, right?
I am very pleased with how the free motion quilting turned out. It was tricky in the beginning and at times it wasn't so easy to maneuver such a large quilt under my machine, but once I figured out the setting for the tension and got into the groove it went pretty smoothly. I feel like I've got the hang of it now. I even managed to sneak a few traditional Aggie phrases into the quilting in the bottom border (you may have to click on the photo to enlarge it in order to see it).
|"Gig 'Em Aggies!"|
I would like to send out a big "thank you" to my mom for completing the appliqued letters and embroidery on the borders. And another one to my sister for spending two hours sitting at my kitchen table clipping a billion tiny threads.
Hopefully this quilt will become a treasured family heirloom that is passed down to many more generations of Aggies. Gig 'Em! :)
If you like it...