My husband’s aunt asked me, months ago, if I would make a quilt that she could give as a new baby gift. Her niece was having a girl, but she didn’t want anything super-girly. I had two charm packs of Hullabaloo in my stash that jumped out as a good option.
I toyed with a few ideas that were ultimately non-starters, and eventually decided to just do straight patchwork. Simple, easy, always good-looking. Except, here’s the problem: those damned charm packs. They SEEM like such a good idea, but then they aren’t all REALLY exact 5″ squares. I’m not saying my points and corners always match up the way they should, but when it’s so obviously NOT MY FAULT… argh, it was frustrating, to say the least.
I added borders to make it just a bit bigger, finishing around 45″ x 55″, but the whole thing just didn’t quite want to lie flat and straight. Hrmph. Maybe this is why I don’t usually do borders? But I decided my initial plan to quilt with straight lines would not be wise, so I did free-motion meandering for the first time in I-can’t-even-remember how long. (Answer: last September. Wowza.)
The back was a mish-mash of things I pulled from my stash. It was just a hair too big to back it with a single piece of fabric, but I was determined not to buy anything new, since clearly I already have entirely too much fabric.
The ultimate destination is somewhat up in the air. My aunt just found out that her niece already has a new quilt, so this one might go to another new baby girl. Either way, though it’s not exactly perfect, I’m glad to have this one done. Though I may never do straight patchwork with a charm pack again.