So... funny story behind this finish. (Which is way overdue to be blogged about... since I gifted it months ago. Oops.) I started this quilt almost two years ago. First for a holiday gift. (And then those holidays were blown out of the water with a travel call.) Then for a birthday gift. (But I had just brought home an angry kid.) And then for a holiday gift... again. (But I still had an angry kid and a kid being bullied in school.) And THEN... I actually finished it and gifted it. How's that for efficiency for you?! Geez.
This quilt came together because I noticed a pile of fabric stacked on my shelves that seemed very much like my sister. After a few days of looking at it... I realized the fabric was calling out to be made into a quilt. I swapped in a few different fabrics, and started cutting. No plan in place. At the time I started this quilt... I had made two other quilt tops in my whole life. Both very, very simple and both very modern in feel. I wanted this to be on a different spectrum. I wanted something simple and sweet to mirror the fabrics... and timeless.
I don't think it gets more sweet and timeless than this:
Now, at the time... this was a big undertaking for me. It was harder than I expected to get all those corners to match (spoiler: they don't) and I learned a LOT while making this. But I'm still really very proud of it... AND it has so much meaning in several of the fabrics.
I cut 6" squares of 12 different fabrics. I laid them out on the floor and lived with them for days like that, occasionally swapping squares. (Ask my 7yo how stressful those few days were... I banned him from the room!) Once I was decided on a layout, I stacked 'em up and sewed them together... and months and months later, I had a flimsy. Like I said... it was the never ending project! (I should add that part of the reason it took so long to sew all those squares together was because I had a six-year-old helping me. A.lot. Granted, he did an amazing job... but things just seem to take longer when you have help... you know?!)
I backed it with a two flannel fabrics that I thought the recipient would love, and then continued the "sweet and simple" feel with some straight diagonal quilting using purple variegated thread. (Wow... it takes a really long time to quilt something this size. Yowzas.) I bound it in a purple print (any guesses what her favorite color is?!) and then wrapped it up.
Like I said above.... it's my first quilt, and I know it's not perfect. But it was made with love and lots of special fabrics... so my hope is that it will be well-loved and well-lived with. (I mean, it WILL BE... right!?)
Pattern: "Winging It" by me. ;-)
Fabric: Mostly Stash... with the exception of backing flannel and binding. Both from JoAnns.
Pieced & Quilted: By Me! (WOOT. Milestone.)
Finished Size: 55" x 71.5"
(All photos taken when a storm was rolling in... I tried to stay as true to color as possible in editing though.)
At the beginning of this year, I set out a challenge for myself to complete 15 projects in 2015. This is project 4 of 15.
Linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts and this week