How can you see all of this color and not jump up and down with happiness for Spring?
This is a baby gift for my cousin’s new little girl, Mia. Crazy story left me rushing a little with this one – my cousin actually didn’t find out she was pregnant until she was about 30 weeks. A few more weeks and she would have been on one of those TV shows! So, yeah, it was a bit of a surprise to everyone involved. But regardless, the whole extended family is plenty excited to have a new baby in the family.
The starting point for this quilt was the Alexander Henry Apples & Pears print. I’ve had a yard of it in my stash forever, and the colors seemed like a good place to start. I like the way the white in each block kind of reminds me of the white outline around each fruit in the inspiration fabric. Though I think in my head I originally thought the white space would be more prominent, I like that it ended up so bright and colorful. Nearly all of the fabric in this quilt was already in my stash before I started.
The back is nearly all of the remaining Apples & Pears on one side, and a nice girly pink on the other with a few print blocks for fun. The pink is one exception to the from-the-stash statement: I was cutting fabric for the back when I realized I didn’t have quite enough of a single color of pink, so I had to make a run for some more. Whoops!
I did my favorite loopy quilting in white thread.
Speaking of quilting – LOVING free-motion on my new machine. The extension table makes such a huge difference, plus I got one of those teflon-y sliding mats and the spiffy gloves, so the quilt slid around quite nicely. The stop/start button was an enormous bonus during free-motion, because I knew the needle speed would remain consistent without thinking about how heavy my foot was. The fact that it takes a second to ramp up to full speed when you hit “start” was also really nice. I did have a few periods of annoying thread breakage, not sure to what I should attribute that problem. But it’s one that has not completely disappeared and is always a pain. That said, I was overall very happy with the experience, and remain quite enamored of my new (and still nameless) sewing machine.
At any rate, that counts as my first finish for Spring to Finish! Now I’m off to trim some pinwheel blocks…