Hooray! I finished my quilt! It actually went relatively quickly, I think the fastest one I’ve made yet! And for the first time I LOVED every second I put into this one. There was not a single step that I felt like I was trudging through, even the squaring up! Which is totally crazy! I guess it really does feel good to know for SURE that I’m making it for someone else. The only other quilt I gave away (to my sister), I wasn’t sure if I was going to be selfish and keep it or not until I was almost finished..
I knew from the start that I wanted to give it to a sweet friend of mine who just had a baby. She is a kind and giving person, so I felt if anyone would appreciate the gift of a quilt (and who deserved one) it would be her. Especially since months ago we had a conversation in which she was talking about how amazed she was that anyone ever gave quilts away because of how much work they are and how special they are :)
Picking out the fabrics was kind of difficult, the typical pastel blue/ baby truck/ cheesy typical baby decor on fabrics for baby quilts is not my (or my friend’s) style, plus it was difficult to find something that wasn’t flowery or majorly girly. But then I saw this gorgeous jelly roll, which was SO perfect since the baby’s name is Clay and those oranges are exactly the color I imagine when I think of clay. The fabric roll is Sweet Serenade by Basic Grey for Moda. I went ahead and got coordinating backing and fabric for the binding in the same pattern family.
I used this tutorial for the Strip Twist. I really like all the movement in the pattern and how the diagonal squares look like they are the main blocks, giving a little illusion. And don’t you just LOVE when all the points match up? I certainly do!
I decided to just stitch in the ditch vertically, horizontally and diagonally instead of doing fun free motion because I really wanted to have lots of softness and drape since this would be a baby quilt (a REALLY big baby quilt, lol) I have found that more quilting makes a sturdier and not quite as soft finish, even though I love the look of it. I also thought that by doing it this way all the stitching wouldn’t distract from the fun pattern of the piecing itself.
OH and remember that horrible binding cutting mishap I had the other day? Well I fixed that right up and you can hardly even tell :) It actually took quite a few shots of the camera before the photo would even pick up those stitching lines!
I wish I had taken more photos, but the quilt was delivered to the little sweet baby yesterday and is much appreciated in it’s new home :)
As much as it is hard to let go of something you spent so much time and energy (and money- quilting is NOT a cheap hobby!) on, it also feels REALLY good to give it away to a sweet and thankful family!