I actually have three finishes to share today.
Remember the great granny square quilt my sister and I made for our mom's 70th birthday? I made a quilt for my sister using three of the leftover blocks and finished it just in time for our trip home. This quilt top came together quickly once I sat down to sew. Once again, I spent more time thinking about the quilt design than I did assembling.
The layout is the same as the Got Pink? quilt I made for my mom years ago. The background fabric is Kate Spain's Fandango which I absolutely love. The fabric is so soft.
I also used Fandango for the back (with a little bit of Picnic Parade by Jenean Morrison) and for the binding. I quilted loops with some free form flowers thrown in here and there. This was my first time using Aurifil thread, and I have to say I am hooked! I now see what all the fuss is about.
I really need to do better about taking quilt pictures. I quickly snapped some indoor photos before our trip thinking I would get some later and then promptly forgot all about that. I did get a cute picture of Michelle dozing under her new quilt, but I don't think she would forgive me if I posted it here.
I promised a picture of Leo's quilt rack with more quilts. If you compare this picture to the other one I posted yesterday you can tell the quilts get rotated. It is obvious that the quilts in his house are used frequently. I like that.
The Leo quilt is a new addition. I finished this right before his birthday. This project has been in the works for over a year. Most of the siggy blocks were decorated at the baby shower with others sent to out of town relatives to sign. This time the procrastination was not entirely mine....seems this trait runs in BOTH sides of Leo's family. The quilt is backed with Turquoise Bubbles from Jenn Ski Mod Century fabric line. Using a sample of Aurifil thread I received in my QuiltCon goody bag, I quilted straight lines round the letters and 1/4" from the seam lines of the blocks. The green Aurifil thread matched the background color perfectly.
|Leo's quilt rack|
I also stitched a little blanket for Leo's first birthday using yardage of Malka's new Simple Marks fabric for the front and backed with a denim-looking flannel. First I basted and quilted the top together with the batting in straight lines on either side of the "blocks". Then with right sides together I sewed the backing piece to the quilted front leaving room to turn right side out. Lastly, I topstitched all around sewing closed the opening.
My original quilt planned for Leo is too big for a one year old, and since I was pressed for time anyway, this blanket makes a colorful alternative. I can imagine Leo sitting on the blanket while playing with his toys.
|makes a soft play mat|
|another cell phone picture|
The Peace Baby quilt I made when Leo was born also used fabric from Malka Dubrawsky (A Stitch in Color). I call them his Florida quilts ;-)
I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilt's finish it Friday. Happy stitching!