What a Gem!

On Christmas Eve, this little pumpkin turned a year old:

Gemma 1st Birthday

She’s our grandbaby, Gemma. I started a quilt for her a while ago (Hubby and I picked out most of the fabric together before she was born) but I always give myself until the first birthday to finish and gift a baby quilt. In Gemma’s case, I gifted the quilt to her on her 1st birthday.

I used the Gem Block, lavender prints with a scrappy yellow background:

 Full Shot Gemma What a Gem Quilt

 Gemma What a Gem Quilt

I was trying to design applique into the front when I started this project, but I ended up adding an appliqued monogram to the flannel back instead:

Gemma Quilt Back

Gemma Quilt Back Detail

The G was machine-appliqued on, prior to quilting:

Gemma Quilt Applique Detail

 Gemma What a Gem Quilt

The quilt measures 36″ x 45″, 18 (9″) Gem Blocks and 2 Accent Blocks. I used six different purples (lavenders) and 5 different yellows on the front, the back is a Moda flannel and the “G” monogram is a tone-on-tone Peter Rabbit print from my stash.

Here’s a shot of the little cutie pie modeling with her quilt (she’s wearing a hoodie with buttons all over it, for her Christmas visit to Grandpa & Grandma’s house!):

Gemma & Her Quilt

Happy Birthday, Gemma!

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8 thoughts on “What a Gem!

  1. How pretty, Doris! I love the colors, and that flannel has to be great on the back. I’ve never used flannel on a quilt. So her name is pronounced like “gem”? Like Jemma? It’s a cute name, but LOOKS like it would said differently. You picked the perfect quilt block for her, for sure. Miss being around you, friend! Your talent is a joy to behold.

  2. Beautiful quilt. I like the gender-neutral but lovely combo of purple and yellow. Gonna remember that! And I also like the periwinkle-ness of the purples. Lucky you! She’s adorable and is going to be a sewist, I can just tell 😉

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