Monday, July 12, 2010

A Johnson Family Quilt

I am so excited to finally get to share this quilt with you! I've given you a few peeks here, but it's finally time for the big reveal!

My friend Ali and I met in first grade. I moved away when we were in 8th grade, and she came to visit me when we were in 10th grade. We reconnected on Facebook while we were in college, and during our senior year, she made a road trip down to Kentucky to visit.

Good thing she did... because while she was there, she met one of Zac's friends and fell in love! Chris and Ali are getting married in October - so quick pat on the back for my fantastic match making skills. Take note: if you're looking for a husband, just come visit me.

Anyway, I was so excited to make a quilt for them.  I have made this quilt once before - it comes from this book. I love the idea of putting a family name on a quilt, and while this is a lap sized quilt, it's huge and the perfect size for cuddling and family picnics!

Yay! I think she likes it!

The almost-Johnsons holding their quilt

Close-up of the quilting done by my wonderful grandmother

Me and the bride-to-be!

We threw a shower for them later that night, so I'll give you pictures and info from that soon.  Happy almost-wedding, almost-Johnsons!


  1. Great job on the quilt! I love the idea of putting the family name on it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I hopped over from "I heart Naptime" linky party:) What a beautiful job you did on the quilt. I am sure it will be cherished for many years!!!

  3. What a beautiful quilt and wonderful gift. I love that it has their name on it. :-)

  4. Tara, this was hands down my most favorite part of the day. Thank you for the thought and all of your hard work put into every square. I can just picture it years down the road in family photos! Or when we put our kids on it while they play together :) Ahh, future memories! xoxo

  5. This is gorgeous. I saw this from fingerprints on the fridge. This would make such a wonderful present.

    I am hosting a month long Christmas in July event. I would love for you come and link this up to this weeks linky party.

    Hope to see you there.

  6. T- the quilt is gorgeous!! I love seeing the pictures from all the projects that you're working on.

    p.s. if I'm looking for a husband, visit you? I'm on my way!!

  7. It's beautiful - what a keepsake! It is huge for a lap quilt. Nice job!

  8. Great quilt!! Such a wonderful idea!

    I'm starting a new sew along, come check it out at!

  9. Congratulations Tara! Your Name Quilt made this week's Top 5 Hits at Singing With Birds! Come check it out and grab a blog button, and thanks for posting such a fun story.

  10. This is amazing. What a wonderful gift and a wonderful friend you are. I'm especially taken by the quilting. I love the contrasting stitches. Was that done on a machine?

  11. Cute! I love the colors that you chose. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Hi Kim! The quilting was done a machine. My grandmother has a long-arm quilting machine, but she lives about 10 hours away from me. I take most of my quilts to her house to do myself, but when I'm on a time crunch I have to "outsource" them to her to do for me. So... she's responsible for the beautiful quilting on this one!

  13. This is such a beautiful quilt!

    Thanks so much for linking up!

    Please stop by for another link party Friday! Also, I will be having a giveaway on Friday too!


  14. What a gorgeous quilt!! :o) I love how you incorporated their name. :o) Such a precious heirloom. :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia

  15. What a great idea! My maiden name is Johnson so this was an extra treat to see. Out of curiosity, were the letters sewn on after your grandmother quilted it?

  16. Very cool - love the personal detail of adding the name on it!

  17. I love anything personalized! Great Job!


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