For this fall's Blogger's Quilt Festival, I had a real debate. I thought about sharing the first big quilt I ever made, more than a decade ago now, since the improv pieced back is still a favorite design - I called it my Frank Lloyd Wright inspired quilt and always preferred the back to the front. Alas, it is so faded from constant use that an indoor picture just doesn't do it justice, so I'll share it another day (or better yet, make it again in better fabrics). Maybe I'll even write it up so it will be my first official pattern!
100 Quilts for Kids. I altered it a good bit, so some of the squares are now rectangles and the middle of the three borders is wider than the others...next time, I'll make this even more pronounced, I think, as well as perhaps substituting a larger piece for the center. I used a charm pack of Half Moon by Moda as well as a variety of black and white prints that I bought in my first fabric shopping spree that I'd been saving for FOREVER!
I pieced the back to take advantage of those wonderful large polka dots, and I wanted to include some red, as well. I used the binding tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts to machine bind it using a 2.5" starting strip (versus my normal 2.25" width), and I was very pleased with how it turned out...only one place where I had to go back to recatch the binding. I think the key is definitely lots of pins, and by my third side I figured out how to pin from the top, which made it a little easier. I also loved her measurements for how to overlap the ends - it worked perfectly and was much flatter than my usual tuck-under-one-end method.
Luckily, when I bought the first charm pack, I decided to buy 2 so I could make one for our future child. I've been making charity quilts and quilts for close friends' babies for awhile now, but I've decided I really need to start a stash of quilts for when we have a child, since many bloggers have mentioned that they had a hard time quilting once they were pregnant. So, you'll likely see something like this again if you keep following my intermittent blogging! I'm going to have a lot of big finishes in the next few weeks to share, and I plan on quilting a lot when I'm in Georgia around Thanksgiving taking care of my mom after her back surgery. While she rests, I'll be sewing up a storm in the next room between bringing her little cups of tea and snackies! While I'm home, I am very excited about giving my brother his new duvet cover and my nephew his new Chasing Chevrons quilt, plus I've got gorgeous fabric for a log cabin for my mom that I may wait to sew once I'm down there (or maybe I'll get it done in advance, we'll see)!
Blogger's Quilt Festival Statistics
Finished quilt measures: 40″ x 40″
Special techniques used: machine pieced, machine quilted with walking foot, machine bound
Quilted by: ME!
Best Category: Favorite Baby Quilt, Favorite Home Machine Quilted Quilt