I finally have a new finish to share! My good friend Jodi had a birthday today, and I’ve been working on this quilt all week as my gift to her. It was a down-to-the-wire finish. In fact, it came out of the dryer slightly damp, so I had to wait until the afternoon to take it over to her.
Jodi’s tastes are a little more traditional than mine, so I had a little difficulty choosing fabrics for her. I had started a rainbow colored disappearing nine patch quilt, and I briefly thought of using those for her, but I didn’t really think they fit her too well, so I chose something else. I started with the sage/rose flower print and just added colors and fabrics that worked with it. Her bedroom is a mossy green and dusty rose, so hopefully this will be a good fit. It’s a queen size quilt on the larger side (which I like for bed quilts).
I was surprised at how quickly this quilt came together. The pattern is a simple one, and I chose it because she had pinned something similar on pinterest. It took me a couple days to cut and piece the top, and then the quilting was finished in another two days. I spent an evening binding the quilt in front of the TV (one of my favorite parts of a quilt!), and that was that.
For the quilting, I chose a floral pattern that I thought would fit well with the fabrics. It’s not as fast for me as stippling, but I really like the finished look. I do find that I have to be more careful with filling in the gaps as I go along quilting. It’s easy for me to work myself into a corner or leave an empty spot if I’m not careful. I used damask tone-on-tone print for the back, which is a little more interesting than just a plain fabric back.
This is the first larger quilt I’ve finished all year, and it has definitely put me back in the mood to work on bed sized quilts again. Up next I have a Christmas gift quilt for my in-laws (if I finish it now, there’s less stress later!), a quilt I want to make my mom for Christmas, and a full size UFO quilt I’ve had on my shelf from a bee I was in a couple years ago.
I’ve been pulling UFOs off my shelves lately and have really been itching to finish them as well as clean up my shelves and use up some of my more special scraps that I have hanging around in baggies. I see a lot of little projects and baby quilts in my future.