i wish i had pretty outdoor photos, but it's been raining for a solid week and it's in the 40s. blecch.
this quilt took me much longer than it should have. i made the top in one day and the back in a couple. i pieced batting scraps together and had it all ready to baste. and then i set it aside for several weeks. i finally got it back out over the weekend and finished it up.
i had grand plans to try out different free motion quilting on each strip but in the end i just wanted to finish the damn thing, so i did straight line quilting with some brown cotton Essential thread. The quilt is 41x47-ish. i used warm and natural batting and several stash fabrics, including remix, red letter day, fabric from connecting threads, solid flannel, and it's a hoot. the backing uses kona khaki and a love in a mist block surrounded by some log cabining. i put the block off center on purpose but i kind of wish i had centered it instead.
i chose a stripey remix fabric for the binding. i wasn't sure if it would be too busy on the front but i love how it turned out. I used the continuous bias binding method and handstitched it on the back using a ladder stitch. i figured i should try the handstitching at least once and sure enough, i hated it. it took forever and my hands were aching by the end. My stitches aren't completely invisible but I can live with it. i'm just happy the stitching made it through the wash intact. i won't say that i'll never do it again, but i definitely won't on anything bigger than a baby quilt.
i'm pretty happy with this one. i love how the bright colors are tempered by the browns and neutrals. i hope that my brother and sister-in-law like it. i'm sure this won't be the last baby quilt i make for my new niece or nephew. in fact, i have another top i should really finish up...
I'm participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. there are almost 500 quilts listed there--it's awe-inspiring and worth a look.