First Finish for ’15!
My daughter That Clever Chick needed a baby boy quilt for one of her friends, who is on bed rest for seven weeks. I always wish I could consult with the recipient and see what their taste is – do they prefer bright or neutral fabrics? Do they have a decorating theme in mind? But in this case I couldn’t, so I decided to go with fairly predictable cuteness.
I wanted to incorporate these blocks that I had made a few years ago, but had given up on because they were just too blasé.
I took them to the quilt shop with me and found some fabrics to mix in with them and give the quilt some life.
(I might have found just a few other fabrics to take home too. And Melanie, I would love to discuss that with you, but my husband reads my blog.)
For this kind of quick quilt, I lay out the whole backing and batting, and then start the top with a panel of the “feature” fabric in the middle. I lay a border strip on one edge of the panel and sew through all the layers, and then just rotate around the central panel with strip after strip, all the way out to the edges. This makes one giant log cabin block. I use thin strips, fat strips, and sometimes big chunks of pieced blocks.
I hesitate to call it “quilt as you go” because there is not a lot of actual quilting going on. The various strips have nice neat edges that look as though I am the queen of stitching in the ditch. Once everything is sewn down, I do go back and do a small amount of quilting in any big open spaces. (Part of me wants to get really good at quilting and strive to be as good as Doreen, but the other part just wants to jump into picking the next set of colors and patterns to combine into a new project.)
We have had two months of dreary gray weather, so it was fun to work with these bright colors. I hope they brighten the waiting period for the new mom, too!