Friday, January 31, 2014

Mommy Plus One Quilt

I am so excited to share with you not only my first finish of 2014, but my first quilt finish ever!

My best friend, Laura is expecting a little girl March 4 and as soon as she told us she was pregnant, I knew I had to make the little one a quilt :)  The great thing is, with all the snow days we had in the beginning of January, I was able to finish it before her shower.

Laura originally told me that she wanted pink and purple as her color scheme, but when I started laying out the pluses it looked too two-dimensional with only two colors.  So I took a cue from the Erin McMorris fabric (lower right in the above pic) and pulled some peach into the quilt.

I tried to lay out the fabrics so that they were pretty evenly distributed between the different colors and shades.

I quilted it with a Pumpkin Seed walking foot design which took about 2 days, but mostly because I wasn't very comfortable with wrangling a quilt under my machine and it took me a few passes to get the hang of it.

It's backed with lavender Minky (you can also see the quilting better on the solid side) -- which is sooooooo soft!  I think I just might back all my quilts in Minky!

The binding is a Riley Blake polka dot that matched the Minky.  I machine attached it using the tutorial from CluckCluckSew.

There are a lot of firsts in this quilt for me, and I am so proud of it.  It has definitely given me the confidence to have a great (ahem lovely) year of finishes this year.  I hope baby girl gets lots of use out of it and that she loves it as much as I do!

Her mama was very happy with it :)

Quilt Specs:
36" x 53" finished dimensions (3.5" finished squares)
fabrics from a variety of designers including Riley Blake, Violet Craft, Heather Ross, Erin McMorris
backed in Minky
stitched and quilted with Gutterman thread

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Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes! and TGIFF!

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes: January Goal

My Button2013 was a year of building skills and dappling in multiple projects that struck my fancy.  2014 will be my year to finish projects!  In order to hopefully keep myself on track, I am going to participate in a Lovely Year of Finishes.  I didn't really get into the blogging world until last summer so I missed out on a good chunk of the party last year.

(IG pics ahead since I generally work on things in the evening and I'm terrible at taking in-progress pictures)

My best friend is having a little girl, due in March.  Her shower is January 11.  So my challenge after the new year was to finish a baby quilt in 10 days!  Save the fact that I have not yet finished an entire quilt, I've been working my tail off to get this gift finished :)

The quilt top is finished, and I spent the weekend working on quilting.  I think the only thing that allowed me to get this done is the 1 1/2 snow days we had last week.  I hope to have it completely quilting, bound and finished by Thursday (I have to since I'm leaving for the shower in PA Friday night).