Sunday, March 29, 2009

Don's 50th bday quilt

My friend MaryCarol asked me to make a photo quilt for her husband's 50th birthday. I love photo quilts. I love that when you're piecing a block, there's usually someone smiling back at you in the form of a picture. She brought me a bag full of pictures and we were able to narrow it down to 16. Her husband, Don, is half Japanese so she wanted to use Asian fabrics in it but didn't want it to be too feminine. She also had a hankerchief that was given to her by Don's family in Japan that she wanted me to incorporate it in. We found a really great Koi fish print that matched the rust color in the hankerchief. We also found a really cool black fabric that had gold medallions on it. I was only able to frame 8 of her pictures with the hankerchief and for the rest, I used a Kona beige-ish color (I forgot what it was called). 4 of the pictures were black and white so I group them in the middle

Here's a close up of a block with the hankerchief and black medallion border.
The finished quilt measured 69" square. I wasn't able to go to Don's bday party but MaryCarol said that Don loved the quilt. Yay!

* Don has "Made in Japan" tatooed on his butt. I've always wanted "Made in Taiwan" tatooed on my butt with bar codes but I hate needles so I don't see it happening :)


  1. Love the quilt! He is definitely going to love it.

    I am with you on the needles - but that is too funny!

  2. ooh, you should go for the tattoo - that's a great idea!

  3. it looks great! i would have been so nervous to cut into the hankerchief.

    My brother has eyes tattooed on the back of his head. I cant imagine how painful that would have been.