So, two weeks ago, Thursday, one of my best friends found out that she is having a baby girl after two boys. She is very excited! Since I was planning on seeing her a week from that day for our annual “girl’s trip”, I decided that I needed to make her something girly. And what did I decide on? A baby quilt. Hmm….in a week? Well, everything was going along really well until I sliced the tip of my finger off with my rotary cutter. No worries…no pictures of that.
I found a fat quarter bundle in my stash from the Fat Quarter Shop of Paula Prass’ Flights of Fancy. It had been languishing there for quite awhile since I hadn’t bought it for any specific purpose. But, a-ha! It was perfect. I needed something quick and easy, and not finding anything that struck my fancy in my many quilting books/magazines, I made my own pattern. Just really big squares/rectangles from all of the different FQs (there were sixteen in the bundle). I sketched it out on graph paper to get the scale right, which was actually a very enjoyable process.
I was really proud of myself because I made the entire quilt from stash fabric, except for the binding which is a pink batik that I bought at my local quilting store. I free motion quilted each square with a little bit of a different pattern. Some were just all-over squigglys (there’s a real name for that, right?). Some were wavy lines. On the smaller rectangles, I just did a straight stitch (with my walking foot) around the inside of the rectangle.
So, there it was on Wednesday. I was leaving the next day for my trip. All I had left to do was attach the binding. As I’m trimming up the quilt, whack! Eek! Thankfully I didn’t get any blood on the quilt, but it was pretty hard to sew the binding on after that. I brought it with me and finished hand-sewing the binding on my trip. Did you know that you can bring scissors with up to a 4″ blade in your carry-on on a plane? Craziness. But, helpful for me.
One thing that I made a “mistake” on when crafting my pattern was that after I was done with the big squares and I was testing out placement, I decided that it needed the white sashing in between the rows (which is Kona in snow). However, by adding that 2.5″ of sashing, it made my quilt wider than a standard width of quilting cotton. So when I did the backing, the backing was a tiny bit too small. I ended up having to trim off some of the sides on the front. Ah well. Better than piecing that! Actually, in retrospect, I should have made the patchwork on the back the opposite way so it added to the width and I would have been fine. Next time. Here’s the back (before it was quilted). It’s Amy Butler Lotus Full Moon Dots in Lime. That line is a great fill-in for so many things. I need to get some more.
And a not-so-good shot after I gave it to my friend. I should have had the girls hold it up for me outside to get a better picture. Oh well. We were busy doing stuff like shopping and pedicures, and sitting around bookstores.
I wish I had time to wash it first because I’d really like to have seen how it looked all quilty and scrunchy. But, it’s done! And she was excited to have a pretty, pink quilt.
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