Finish It Up Friday ~ Michigan

I’ve been waiting a long time to share this project that I started back in October. I’ve kept it under wraps, but I can share it now that it has finally been gifted. 

I cut the pieces before I left for AZ. I pieced the top there, and I quilted it when I got home in February. I got the idea from a picture I saw on Pinterest. I tracked it down and it turns out that quilt was made by Life Sew Crafty. Her quilt is much bigger and she cleverly pieced hers to even represent all the counties. I didn’t even try that, I just wanted the outline to be recognizable as Michigan.

I used randomly placed small squares, large squares, and rectangles to fill in the pixelated outline.

I wanted the quilting to have the feel of a topographical map. It is all freehand work.

Many of the prints are from a Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements line. The blue is Moda Grunge, but I don’t remember the exact color. I included a lot of prints with French elements as they will be traveling to France for their honeymoon, and math/ruler stuff for the engineer in the family.

And just for fun, here is an in progress picture showing the top before quilting.

The quilting makes all the difference!

This quilt was made as a shower gift for Daughter #3 and soon to be SIL #2. I will eventually make a bed quilt for them, but she didn’t know what she wanted just yet. I couldn’t let the occasion pass without any quilt, so I made this throw for them. They both love our state of Michigan!

And here is the happy couple! Aren’t they beautiful?


I love them dearly and have no doubt that this is truly a match made in heaven.

Have a great day!

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric AddictCrazy Mom QuiltsBusy Hands Quilts Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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26 Responses to Finish It Up Friday ~ Michigan

  1. Terri says:

    Definitely a beautiful couple! I LOVE the quilt. If there a pattern for it,,? You are amazing!

  2. Zenda says:

    Wow! What a gorgeous and creative quilt! Congratulations to the happy couple!!

  3. Kathy D says:

    What a wonderful quilt! Love everything about it. Well done!

  4. sue says:

    Goodness but my mouth really fell wide open and a small gasp escaped when I opened your post. What a fun quilt and so meaningful. Fabulous!

  5. What Sue said! I gasped out loud! It is fabulous!! The quilting is the icing in the cake, for sure. Well done!

  6. PattiP says:

    Wow great quilt! They are a beautiful couple & what a blessing for you to be so confident of the match.

  7. Val W says:

    What a wonderful quilt. And you know it’s going to a good home – even better!

  8. Mari says:

    Oh wow, what a great quilt! The fabrics are perfect and I love the quilting. Congratulations to the happy couple! (Extra happy because they get two quilts?)

  9. Alison says:

    As a native Michigander, I just love this SO much!

  10. Marianne says:

    I love this! And yes, a beautiful couple!

  11. anudge says:

    What a great quilt and a darling couple. Theu look so happy.

  12. Kat says:

    What a cool quilt! I especially love your quilting, it’s the perfect choice!

  13. piecefulwendy says:

    What a neat quilt and, yes, they are a beautiful couple. This was a very clever idea, Katy! Congratulations to all of you!

  14. dezertsuz says:

    What a wonderful quilt, and yes, they are a nice looking couple! I really like your topo quilting.

  15. Fantastic quilt! It turned out so lovely.

  16. Heide says:

    Amazing! I am a Michigander and I love how you quilted the great lakes. Sure to be a cherished gift.

  17. ceciled05 says:

    That’s a special gift for a very special couple ! You can be proud Katy….
    Congratulations !

  18. Jeanne says:

    I love it, Katy! Looks like the lucky couple do, also. 🙂

  19. Ariane says:

    This quilt is beautiful. The quilting really adds so much texture, and it also looks like topographical lines. Love it!

  20. Barb Vedder says:

    congratulations to the beautiful couple. what a unique quilt!

  21. knitnkwilt says:

    Topographical quilting was a perfect finish! Love the mix of aqua fabrics in the water as well as the variety in the land.

  22. Myra Barnes says:

    Perfect in every way for the occasion!

  23. Jannette B. says:

    I recognized Michigan! (I lived in Kalamazoo when I was younger). Love the way you quilted it too!
    What a great idea for a quilt – and for such lovely young people! Congratulations on their engagement and upcoming wedding!

  24. Donna says:

    LOVE-LOVE-LOVE everything about this. It is just beautiful. Congrats to the lovely couple, too.

  25. Lynette says:

    Nicely done!! That Grunge was perfect for its background. Awesome fabrics in the piecing.

  26. Hello Katy,

    Such a beautiful quilt for a beautiful couple! I love the prints you have used, and the way the quilting looks like contour lines on a map. The straight border across the south of Michigan is a gift for a quilter!

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv

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