Anyhow, back to the subject of the post:
The first Rockin' Rectangles tutorial grabbed my attention: so simple, so effective. I bookmarked it. Probably that day or the day after, I spied a charm pack of Fossil Fern by Benartex flannels I'd bought a couple of years ago at Connecting Threads. I grabbed them and sliced them in half... and then knew I needed to go shopping for a light flannel for the background. The one I had here was too gold in tone.
Then, Bernie of Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics (no affiliation, another great little shop though!) saw my comment on someone's blog to that effect, and contacted me, saying she had some flannel that might fit the bill. Yep, it was good, and so I bought enough for this quilt and enough for the backing of quilt #2.
It didn't take long before I had a flimsy on my formerly naked design wall, as I'd said on an Instagram post. Having a bad chest and sore throat that's turned into laryngitis this weekend meant I wanted something uncomplicated and gratifying to just sit and quietly sew.
I make them as lap quilts, as the kids will hold onto them as they meet with their counsellor, and they get to keep their quilt. This is why I made mine smaller than Sarah's pattern. I kept the quilting simple as I didn't want to stand for long with not feeling the greatest, and I wanted a fast finish. Wavy lines it was, but of course, I had to add a little pizzazz, with some random rows of pebbles...
and then quilting loving and positive thoughts into the quilt:
|"you are beautiful"|
|"love" and "smile"|
I wanted a light and soft backing, and somehow these two came together, both feminine, both from stash, Liberty Print (it's lawn I believe, very lightweight, so pretty) from a friend from a couple of years ago, the Hoffman International from forever ago:
|The Hoffman is 1920s ladies|
It washed up beautifully! It was so soft beforehand and is even more so now. I've named it Fern, as that is such a pretty girl's name, and well the original charm pack is Fossil Fern!
Pattern: 'Place Your Bet' by Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Size: 44.5 X 55" after quilting and washing
Fabric: Benartex Fossil Ferns flannel charm pack; P&B Textiles 'Moose Meadows' flannel
Backing: from stash: Hoffman International and Liberty of Japan
Batting: left over Nature's Touch? and some left over Warm 'n Natural
Threads: pieced on Billie, my 1947 Featherweight; quilted with Essential 100% cotton 50 wt cream top and in the bobbin. Binding pieced and applied by machine on my Bernina with Mettler 100% cotton.
After reading Leanne's post at Devoted Quilter where she is donating a top she made for the March Island Batik challenge to Victoria's Quilts Canada, which is one of the causes, a Canadian one, for this year's comfort quilts, I thought hmm! I have one top from last year's twelve challenges that is still not quilted; it is pretty much exactly the size they're looking for, so why not donate it?
So now I just have one complete quilt to make, a boy-themed one.
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Cooking Up Quilts
Dizzy Quilts for the Q2 FAL