It’s finished, and delivered… And I love it so much. This is one of my all-time favorite quilts. The pattern, the fabrics and colors, and even the quilting. It just makes me smile. Even the back makes me happy.
Fabrics for this quilt were 97% pulled from stash- and many from the scrap bin. There’s Tula, Kaffe, Lizzy House, Allison Glass, Cotton + Steel, and so many more… some of the fabrics are many, many years old. But they play together so nicely.
I basted the quilt and still didn’t have a quilting plan. I ended up doing a 1/4″ line around the edge of the elephant, and then I quilted a grid across the inside of the elephant. I doubled over some lines so I would have as few ends to bury as possible. For the grey background, I quilted right along the diagonal seams. I love the puffy textured feeling that this created. I did a simple outline stitch inside the purple border, and a criss-cross inside the outer border squares. It works.
And I think the black and white polka dot binding worked out really well…
I admit, I just wanted you to see the teensy tiny elephants on the back of the quilt…
The shower for mom-to-be was at work yesterday, and I got to give her the quilt. I am fairly certain she loves it And now, there will be a brief sewing break as we work on a massive family project that I’m not quite ready to share here yet- but stay tuned!
Meanwhile, linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday. Have a great weekend!
This is my life right now. No sewing. No knitting. No energy. All the germs.
Last year I had fun making a pair of coordinating-but-not-matching baby quilts for some frolleagues (that would be colleagues who are also friends…) Their baby boys were due mere days apart- though one decided to be as late as he could be and so they’re slightly further than that- but still within the same month.
I finished the quilts, and got photos, and gifted them and everything, but never blogged them. So without TOO much further ado, here are my final finishes for 2015.
Baby Boy #1:
(pardon the lousy cell phone photos snapped early in the morning before giving it away…)
Both quilts were focused on the doggy batik fabric- and also the remaining pieces of the rainbow batik roll that I used for my favorite quilt of last year. Both quilts were made up of pieced HSTs that came from this tutorial by Amy at Stitchery Dickery Dock. Quilt #1 got a backing made from some very very vintage Anna Maria Horner and remaining batik.
Same squares, same border, same binding, same quilting, different layout: totally different feeling.
This one got different backing, too.
I love it! Rainbow dog treats. So happy- and so likely to hide any stains a baby boy might make…
My heart totally melted a few weeks back when I saw Mr. Quilt #2 in his 3 month photo on FB- on the quilt… Hooray!
Linking up with TGIFF and Finish it Up Friday.
Life got away from me, and I never showed you this lovely finished baby quilt. I got it bound and washed just in time for the baby shower, and even managed to snap a few photos before gifting it.
There’s that pop of aqua that I used for a binding- I really do love how it finishes the quilt off.
Can you see how I chose to quilt it? I echoed the shape of the star, and since it is off center, I really like the final look. The lines aren’t as straight as I might have liked- this was my first time using my new quilting bar, and I’m still getting the hang of it. I used a purple variegated thread that has been in my stash forever- I don’t think you can really tell, but it made me happy…
I quilted the white star in soft grey thread, and I am really happy with the impact of the lines inside the star. You can see it on the back as well…
I love this backing- it’s a perfect companion to the front, it works with the binding, I like the play of the stripes with the quilting lines- AND- it was on sale!
The baby shower was truncated (it had been scheduled prior to the Broncos making the playoffs, and was going to overlap with the Patriots game… so it was moved up and ended early as so many people needed to leave to go watch the game. Me, I couldn’t care less…) But! There was still time to open gifts and I can happily say that the quilt was well received. Phew! (And mom-to-be already got a lovely thank-you note to me- so I know it was truly appreciated…)
Linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.