This morning we are leaving to fly to Melbourne. We have been invited to a naming ceremony for the baby of a good friend of mine. Well, at the 11th hour it is done!
Way back at the beginning of the year, I decided to visit the baby after its birth and make a quilt for the occasion. I chose to make the quilt using the Road to Tennessee block, which is one of the blocks I made for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge in 2014. I have also seen this pattern on the Net titled "XO" and "Hugs and Kisses". Whatever the name, I think it is a lovely block and makes up into a nice quilt. I have mentioned it in several blog posts, so you may recognise it.
With our trip to the UK happening in April, I gave up on the idea of going to Melbourne as well, and of course the quilt got sidelined by other more urgent tasks. I attacked it occasionally and by the time we got back from our second trip early this month, I had begun to quilt it, but had not got much done. So the race was on.
I quilted it in the ditch in pink to outline all the X's and then marked each of the pink pieces in the centre with my Frixion pen. Then I FMQ'd it in a tear drop shape using the markings to point and shoot. At first glance it looks OK, although there are an awful lot of Whoopsies in it. I didn't have time to pull them and redo them.
Lots of cute fabrics in this which I tried to fussy cut as much as possible.
Bunnies & chooks here.
I had intentions of quilting a simple design down the borders, but in the end I chose to be easy on myself and let it go.
I had bought a pink spot for the backing, but of course I hadn't bought enough! So I put in a panel of pink check fabric which looks OK with the spots and which I had in stash. Then I made up a label in a Snowball shape to echo the Road to Tennessee block. The binding is a sweet stripe which was printed on the diagonal so I didn't even have to do the binding on a bias. Yay!
So now my quilt is packed and ready to go.
Also this week, I have finished off this quilt......
One of the ladies at Friday Quilters in in the throes of a torrid time. The girls decided to make a quilt for her while I was away, and had done most of the sewing by the time I got back, so my input on this has been minimal. I took it home last Friday to applique the little dragon flies onto it and make the backing.
It will be quilted by our friend Robin on her long arm. The pattern was "Dancing with Dragon Flies" by Busy Thimbles and is designed to use 5" charm squares. It was really quick to put together.
Gotta go. Planes don't wait!
Til next time.....Keep on stitching.