If you’re following me on Twitter (and really you should, because I am THAT interesting!), you might have followed my progress on this darling quilt using Sweetwater’s latest line for Moda called Sunkissed. It’s a lovely fabric line and a bit of a departure from my usual choices. Though it is still a variation on the pink-and-green theme, it is a lot more subdued with yellow, grey and orange thrown in the mix. I am so glad that it is finally finished!
Now for the stats.
Size: about 43″ x 53″ (or thereabouts)
Fabrics used: 1 charm pack of Sunkissed (40 squares exactly), 1 charm pack of Bella Solids in White Bleached (whitest white by Moda), 33″ of Bella Solids in Gray, a metre of fabric I had bought in France back in November, with little animals in yellow, orange and green clothes, which matched Sunkissed perfectly, 6.5″ of Bella Solids in feather, to make the backing bigger and half a metre of Michael Miller’s Picnic Gingham for the binding, that I cut on the bias.
Quilting: The centre of the quilt is stippled / free motioned quilted. I then quilted a frame around the edges of the border, about 3/4″ on each side of the seam. And finally, I quilted the border in free motion style, but this time I quilted loops. I used a very pale yellow thread to quilt the whole thing.
This was my first time quilting loops on such a scale, so I roughly drew the loops beforehand, with an air erasable pen. I just wanted to make sure that I was in the right position for the double loops on each corner. The rest was pretty much freehanded at the time of quilting.
I really like the back. The main fabric with the little print is not the same weight as quilting fabrics. It feels a bit like a cotton lawn or maybe voile. It is light and silky, very nice. And it fits this quilt just perfectly!
As usual, I embroidered a little label. I love adding this little bit of hand embroidery to my quilts. I did it after the quilt was all put together as I didn’t want the quilting to run over the embroidery. Since I don’t have a special recipient for this quilt, I just embroidered the name of the quilt, the date and my little special quilt signature. I wrote it first with an air erasable pen, then stitched it with backstitches, using a light orange perlé thread. I’m very pleased with it!
I’m not quite sure what I will use this quilt for, but I’m very pleased I made it! It is such a lovely quilt and everything worked out fine, like it was meant to happen!