Thursday, January 29, 2009

Finally Finished!

One lovely day in the spring of 2006 my mother-in-law and I spent a happy afternoon browsing around a quilt and gift shop in Lehi, Utah called Broadbent's. It's a marvelous place. I came away with a gravy pitcher in my favorite shade of blue and a kit to make the top of a baby quilt.

The pattern for the kit was very, very simple, but I loved the bright florals. I didn't have time for elaborate projects anyway, with baby Roo on the scene. Speaking of baby Roo, she already had more blankets than a little girl needs, so I decided that this quilt would be for my next daughter.

Sometime late that summer I got the top put together, which was easy. Too easy. I decided the quilt was too simple and I should do something to make it fancier. What if I hand-quilted flowers on the large squares with pink embroidery floss? I did the first of four squares and it looked great. But then I ran out of steam. And I got busy. And then I moved out-of-state. Twice.

The quilt sat in my cedar chest, full of pins. They poked me every time I dug around in the chest. It was annoying, but I never seemed to have the time or the inclination to finish it.

Until now! I realized that my second daughter was definitely here and she wasn't going to need such a small quilt much longer. And I've had this January burst of finishing unfinished things.

It didn't take very long to quilt the flowers, so I decided to quilt small flowers on the small green floral blocks as well. But I definitely didn't have time to hand-quilt the whole thing, so at that point I tied it. That made the quilting superfluous, but it's still cute.

Here's a close-up so you can see the hand-quilting (if you click to enlarge):

It shows up better on the back (again, click to enlarge). I like the back.

I love to do stuff like this and I can't believe this is the first quilt I have done in over a year. I will definitely be doing more as soon as I can train my children not to flip their "AWFUL" switches the minute I get out my sewing machine.

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1 comment:

scraps said...

Very nicely done, beautiful! Rabbit looks happy with it. Yeah!