Fabric: Scarlet Fig by Laurie Wisbrun, DS Hope Valley (purchased from Hawthorne Threads, my fave online store), Kona cotton in Charcoal, some black polka-dot fabric from Fabric Corner (y’all know I love fabric corner)

Made for: My friend’s baby’s first birthday

Time to complete: About six weeks 😦

Boo, I’m ashamed of myself for taking so long to finish this. The top came together in a couple of days, I had enough batting and backing fabric to make a pieced back and my quilt sandwich immediately, and…it sat.

I originally wanted to tie it, but it looked HORRIBLE, so I waited for further inspiration. Then, I decided to quilt wonky squares around the squares with simple black thread…but when I was done, it still felt like it needed a special something.

Finally, it hit me: hand embroidery! I drew 3/4″ lines around the blocks and embroidered them in long lines. I LOVE how it looks. I completed most of it to and from NYC on the bus, which had the added benefit of keeping me extremely cozy during the long and cold ride from Boston.

embroidery detail

And then…it sat for a couple of weeks while I waited for the mood to strike to bind it. I don’t like binding very much, because I feel it is never quite right. I am always disappointed with how it turns out and I feel compelled to go back and fix every imperfect stitch. That is NOT a recipe for quilting happiness. Fortunately, the binding fabric I chose worked so well that I became motivated to quilt it. And voila! Two episodes of SVU later (one involving an endangered animal smuggling ring…) and I was finished.

backing fabric detail

I can’t wait to give this to my friend K. Her baby is turning one in the same week that they are moving into a new house. I think it will be the perfect gift.

Animal squares quilt top

January 29, 2010

I am quite proud of this top!  It’s a completely improvised design, made for my friend’s baby’s first birthday…which is still a long way off, but I couldn’t wait to use my Laurie Wisbrun fabric.  I bought several yards of Denyse Schmidt fabric from the Hope Valley line at Hawthorne Threads for a half-square triangle quilt I’m making (I know, I know…they’re everywhere!), but I decided to cut into it for this little top…and I’m so glad I did! I used Kona cotton in Charcoal for the background.

Here are some shots of individual squares:

whoops...a stray thread.

I’m actually almost finished with the quilt…I made the pieced back last night and plan to do the sandwich in the morning. For some reason, I think it’s just screaming to become a tied quilt, and I have some tweedy, black yarn that’s been collecting dust bunnies in my stash for two years and wants to be employed in just such a project.

If you haven’t heard of Laurie Wisbrun, she’s a wonderful, (formerly) independent fabric designer. Her fabric is going to be released by Kaufman in the spring, which is very exciting to me! I love her chairs and sofas series, and I bought the very last FQ of the chartreuse sofa fabric in her shop. It’s about to become a small pillow. I think her fabrics are great for children, but suitable for adults (see here) as well.

I hope to have FO shots of these projects soon…until then, happy quilting!