Here's my Sunny Days quilt, a quilt that was originally intended for Baby Brady, before we knew he'd be a he!
The first 'first' was the imminent arrival of our first grandson, in July 2008. Brianne and Tim didn't want to find out ahead of time, so I knew I'd make a yellow or pale green quilt. I went to Cotton Patch Quilt Shop, then in Bradenton, now in Sarasota, Florida, to purchase fabric. There, I not only found fabric, but I also found the pattern for this soft quilt.
It's a healthy size for a baby quilt. For the life of me, I can't recall or find the pattern I bought, and it comes with the template to make the scalloped edge! One day soon, my sewing studio will be set up and organized with a place for everything and everything in its place. It sewed up super-fast, just squares and rectangles. It's not a Turning Twenty quilt, but very similar, and may be by the same author.
Once Brady was born--good thing his nana didn't have his baby quilt done in time for his birth--I put as much blue as I had in it, and limited the pinks. I even did a pieced rather than a solid inner border, all blues, but it still felt too feminine. So I put it aside, and made him a baby boy quilt. Here are the two photos I have of it just after completion in summer, 2008.
|This all came from stash. It's either 24 6" blocks or six 12" ones, can't recall, didn't write down what block I used. It's my own setting.|
|Of course his name is quilted in it! Part of his last name is cut off on purpose.|
Back to Sunny Days.
In December 2008, I decided to finish the quilt, as I thought it appropriate for our Florida condo we'd bought that year. Another first in this quilt is the non-traditional block, pieced by randomly choosing fabrics, no order. The other first is the scalloped edge. Previously, I'd done a runner with this edge, but never on a quilt, which requires bias binding. I'd bought a pale green and pink stripe for the binding (long love of striped bindings too!) so I was worried how it would look cut on the bias, but it turned out just fine.
|It was the perfect place for feathers, a long-loved quilting motif of mine. Note I didn't do a fill behind them along the inner border; yet this hasn't been a problem, and the quilt has been pretty well-used, and washed several times.|
|I did feathers along the outer edge and did a leaf inside. I wasn't confident about stacking feathers in that narrow an area. This looks fine as there are leaves in the meander on the quilt.|
The backing may be familiar; it was used on last month's TBT quilt, Windy Day Fun! As I said then, I bought several metres of it as it is such a great backing. It's all gone now, maybe the odd scrap in the blues bin.
Here's a look at the texture. No sun when I was taking these shots; it was out earlier for a bit when I was on my walk.
You can see a couple straight lines of quilting on the back; I always stabilize the quilt even when doing an all-over, by stitching in the ditch in a grid along the block seams.
I did an all-over meander on the quilt, one of my favourites, that I still do on the longarm, an open poofy flower and loops and leaves. It's great for a quilt like this.
I'll maybe do a quick tutorial on it in a future post, as it's open, fast, and forgiving. And no back-tracking. 😉
|That green is a woven fabric, ah the texture on your fingertips!|
I can't recall (and don't have any notes) as to whether I quilted this in thirds, but if not thirds, then halves. You can read a tutorial on doing that here. It, along with spray-basting, changed my quilting life round about 2000, five years in. The previous five years I was not as enamoured of the quilting part of making a quilt, mainly because of a "hate safety pins" relationship (hit 'em with my needle, or sewed over them, and then had to break thread, or poked myself MANY a time closing them, yeah yeah, I even used a grapefruit spoon to help close them, not a fan).
|Rather faded, written with a brown Pigma Micron pen. Sherwood Park, AB, Dec. 2008.|
This quilt was named Sunny Days because almost all days in Florida are sunny, and having that condo to go to in every school break helped me get through the last years of teaching. I never did do well in the long dark frigid months of winter in Alberta, especially after having spent five years in Essex County, where the winters are a lot milder and shorter. I need sunlight. My family rolls their eyes when I talk about weather, but I am mildly affected by it, and I know a lot of people who are. At least Alberta does have the blue skies and sunshine, even though the winter days are short, and the outdoor temperature may be -30C for days and days on end.
A windy day today, even in our sheltered yard, meant it flapped around a bit in the crabapple tree, but I like this shot anyhow.
Our humongous maybe Norway, maybe Sycamore maple tree is starting to turn yellow, and dropping some of its leaves. I love autumn now we are living back here, where it is soft and gentle, like this quilt; however not soft colours, but glorious vibrant one that make my heart sing, as Mother Nature slowly adorns herself in her autumn finery.
Pattern: ?? (to be updated when I find it or when my brain kicks in)
Size: 56 3/4" X 65 1/2" (after quilting)
Fabric: Simplicity by 3 Sisters for Moda (yay for a few scraps still!)
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: free-motion quilted on my Bernina,
Threads: pieced on my Bernina with Gütermann cotton; quilted with Sulky Blendables
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