My finish for this week is something I started back in late June. My niece was due in August and I wanted to make a baby quilt for her – something special that she can use for years. It took me a while to figure out the perfect pattern for the fabrics I chose for her as the fabric line had some pieces that I wanted to showcase. The fabric is Owls by Adornit. It is absolutely lovely and has just the right colors.
I ended up fussy cutting three large owls and raw-edge appliqueing them to plain white squares. The other center blocks are simple squares with white borders, all divided by a sort of dots and dashes sashing, mixing in a bunch of the fabrics. It’s a simple and clean look.
This is the first quilt I’ve ever completed using hand-quilting the entire way. For the thread I used a DMC red perle cotton. I experimented with different shapes and quilting in each block and did a simple outline quilting on the edges of the larger block. I love the look of the quilting.
The block above might be my favorite bit of quilting. I’m pretty sure this design is going to be reappearing in future quilts.
The stitches aren’t perfect but they got better as I went along. I started out using a large hoop, but by the end, I was quilting without it. It seemed easier and I don’t feel the fabrics shifted too much as I both spray basted and pinned the layers.
The backing was pieced using a few different fabrics, and on a whim, I added a fussy cut tree branch and appliqued it to the edge.
It was shockingly difficult to let this quilt go … it had become a sort of friend of mine. I was sad that it was finished, it was such an enjoyable quilt to make. But it makes me happy to know my niece will love it through the years. And she will know that each stitch was stitched with love.
I’ve linked up to Finish it Up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts.
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It's very cute and she'll love it!
Thank you Brenda! 🙂
Oh my…that is lovely! The colors, the pattern…..but the hand quilting! Fantastic! I really, really must give hand quilting a try! This will be a very special gift that will be cherished a long time!
Thank you so much Kathy! I bet you would love hand quilting. It is so relaxing. Thank you again for popping by my blog! 🙂
Thank you Jessica!!
Beautiful quilt. I love the hand quilting, it adds a wonderful dimension to the finished piece.
Thank you so much!
Hi! This is fantastic quilt and I love your hand quilting (lovely corner stitches and the circles). I'm so happy to see your big, beautiful photos! x Teje
Lovely sweet colors, design, and great perfect for this quilt hand quilting!!! Wonderful!
Thank you so much Teje! Your kind words mean a lot!
Thank you Stephanie!!
Absolutely delightful! Personally I don't think you can beat hand quilting. Your stitches are beautifully even. The red was an excellent choice.
Such a sweet quilt! Bright and cheery! And the stitching is perfect! Thank you for sharing 🙂
I love the material and the details you put in the quilt. Your niece will love it.