|My new official quilt holder upper!|
My sister-in-law, Steph, asked me to make a quilt for her friend back at the start of summer. We knew she was expecting a girl and Steph had a very specific colour scheme in mind: cream, beige and pink - not my normal go to, but very pretty. A found some ideas on Pinterest and Steph picked the pattern from those.
All of the fabrics came from my stash. I really don't know what the neutrals are, but the pinks include Art Gallery, Lily and Will, and Pearl Bracelets. I normally struggle with pink, as I never have the shade I need, but this pretty, girly baby pink seems to be abundant in my stash. After some grovelling around the dining room floor I had my layout. I started piecing this back in July...
There was a hold up at the end of July, when I realised that the backing I had bought wasn't big enough... but I found a replacement at Harrogate at the start of September. For quilting, I knew I wanted to do straight lines. I have a walking foot for my Brother machine, but I prefer the walking foot on my Husqvarna, so I waited to get the Husqvarna serviced before I quilted it. I'd originally marked some diagonal lines for quilting, but at the last minute I changed my mind and quilted a quarter inch on each side of all the seams. It has given the quilt a really lovely drape. The binding is a bit more Lily and Will.
The finished quilt is 48"x 36" - this is a great size for a baby quilt, as it's so versatile: when baby is small it can be used on the floor to create a clean safe area for baby to lie, roll and play, whilst when they are bigger it can fit a larger cot, or be used as a lap quilt until they are quite big.
I'll need to wash the quilt before Steph can gift it, but this is officially my first ALYoF finish since June... so I'm proudly linking up with Sew Bittersweet and Fibre of All Sorts
And this quilt has also appeared on quite a few Finish Along lists, so at the end of the year, I'll link up with Adrianne too (you can find my list for this quarter here)