A good friend from grad school had her second baby recently, and I felt compelled to make a quilt for the sweet little babe since I had made one for her older sister. I’ve had a large piece of Lizzy House fabric languishing in my stash for ages and I finally decided to use it as a quilt backing.
I pulled out a few oranges and greens that coordinated with it and made a large swoon/carpenter block for the front. I created it completely from squares and half-square triangles, which I know wasn’t the most efficient method but I didn’t feel like working my brain (and I don’t have a pattern, although I’d REALLY like to make a legit swoon quilt some day). With each quilt I make I see my points matching up just a little better, and that really motivates me to keep at it :-)
I straight-line quilted in a pattern that sort of mimics the block shape. At first I attempted cotton quilting thread, but it looked pretty awful with uneven stitches and slightly wavy lines . After I switched back to regular polyester thread it went much more smoothly. I attached the binding completely by machine, which I think was a first for me. I usually enjoy sewing binding by hand on the back, but I really needed to get this quilt done. It took a few turns of starting and ripping out what I had started before I got the binding lined up properly on the backside to get it stitched down somewhat neatly. That is an art in and of itself.
Now do you want to hear the really tragic part of this story? The quilt is gone. LOST. I mailed it a month ago and there has been no sign of it since. I’ve had a couple weeks to adjust to the hard truth, so I won’t do any more whining about it now. I’ll just accept that I made a decent looking quilt and then move on. I am still trying to decide if I should make another for my friend or maybe make something else instead.