I first cut all the pieces during a trip to Florida in November 2015:
It's a kit I bought that year from Connecting Threads (affiliate link, I think), using Amanda Jean Nyberg's 'Good Neighbors' line. It's such bright and cheery fabric, much like my niece Fawn's bubbly personality.
So from Florida to Ontario, I think it fitting that the finished quilt got part of its photo shoot by water.
|Lake Erie, whose shores are a mere 2-minute walk from my house, though not quite as warm at this time of year as the Gulf of Mexico!|
The flimsy finish post is here. There you'll see the beginning of the quilting too. I used Essential 100% 50 wt cotton thread to quilt it in a deep pink. Avril, my longarm, really likes this thread; well, she likes pretty much any thread, but I do love this one.
I did several kinds of flowers, loops, leaves and a few hearts.
It gives such lovely texture. And this is pre-washing!
Of course, Fawn gets her name quilted into her quilt, as all the recipients of my quilts do:
I had bought backing and a bit of coordinating yardage a few months before I spied this kit, so I nearly did use that backing, but then I realized I had a good chunk left of the fat quarters from the kit, so why not make a patchwork backing?
I love the striped grey binding. I stitched it to the back and then top-stitched it to the front of the quilt. Speedy! It was good that the finished quilt sat for a week or so before binding as I worked on a couple of other ongoing projects. I saw a post about a quilt for Molli Sparkles on Lorna's blog (such a great read, such good inclusive thinking there within), and I thought sparkle binding!! This is Jeff's aka Molli Sparkles signature binding, and I just had to replicate it for this sparkly effervescent niece of mine, who I think will get a kick out of, especially when she learns the backstory.
A look at the coordinating sides, and that sparkle/bling binding - love!
After washing it is so soft and snuggly. The thread sunk in beautifully.
Can't wait to hear what she thinks when she receives it!
Pattern: Box A Lot by Connecting Threads
Size: pre-quilting 60.5 X 80.5; after quilting and washing 58.5 X 78.5"
Fabric: Good Neighbors by Amanda Jean Nyberg for Connecting Threads
Backing: as for front
Batting: 100% cotton, not sure on brand, maybe Nature's Touch
Threads: pieced on my Bernina and on my Featherweights; quilted with Essential 50 wt 21241, top and bobbin. Binding stitched down with Gütermann 100% cotton 50 wt grey.
A bluprint note
One little plug as I haven't given one in some time: bluprint. I haven't made dime one since December, and I'm thinking that a lot of people aren't as enthused with bluprint as they were with Craftsy. I also haven't been talking it up as much. However, something happened a week ago that made me think, 'ya know, this is kind of a cool subscription service to Online Quilting Classes.' (affiliate link) I got notification of Christina Cameli's newest class, Free Motion Quilted Gifts. (affiliate link, I think)
Well, I love her stuff, own two of her books, and two of her classes, so I thought oh! this sounds cool' and so I clicked on it to check it out. Oh WOW, is it ever. I can't wait until I get some time to make some of these ideas. As a member, you get 15% off supplies too, even sale items, so that's a nice perk, and free shipping within the US. You also get free patterns that are yours to keep forever, and members only deals like 60% off one item, that I currently have, and have not taken advantage of. Yet. Did you know you can give a gift subscription, even to someone who is a subscriber? Click here to learn more.
Please do come back on April 3 for the kickoff to my third annual QAL, Beothuk Star! See button on sidebar.
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