It's called Neighborhood Charm and is such a great modern baby quilt. I love the bold graphic design and the movement of the negative space.
Some time later, both my parents and my sister Michelle were moving. And while moving is a common occurrence in my life, the rest of my family is fairly stationary so it was kind of a big deal. Since I was far away in Turkey and couldn't help with the packing/unpacking or the extensive remodel that my sister's new house required, I decided to turn this cute baby quilt into two twin-size matching quilts (doesn't that make them twin twins?).
My graph paper and I got to work extending Debbie's little neighborhood of houses into a whole suburb. And then armed with a handful of Moda's Juggling Summer charm packs, I started building houses.
Putting the white corners on each charm results in some waste triangles. But with an extra seam I found I could create tiny one inch HSTs which I pieced together to make a border.
Here's Helga (my Viking) quilting away on Michelle's:
I waited until our family reunion instead of sending them in the mail just because I wanted to see them open them. (That is pretty much the best part of giving away a quilt, right?) So here are the twin twins:
For the backs I used some wonderful Turkish fabric I had picked up in my final fabric shopping spree. Turkish fabric is 90 inches wide and makes amazing backing. Right before I left I found several fabrics with English text on them.
I used some pre-printed quilt labels I had ordered and just a raw edge applique before quilting. I'm not super happy with the result and in the future will attach a finished edge label after quilting. My sister's is called, "Keep Calm and Re-model On," and my parents' is "Hearth and Home."
I have never made the same quilt twice. And I'm not sure I will again but I'm glad I did it this way - both at the same time. And that I quilted both the negative space and the borders uniquely for each quilt.
After our fun family reunion, both quilts went home to their new houses - to live happily ever after.