It was about a year ago that I walked into a quilting store for the first time. Before this, I had thought that my only options for fabric were at JoAnn's and Hancocks. During that first trip, I walked around the store several times, each time feeling more and more overwhelmed by my fabric options. I finally picked up a couple of coodinating Amy Butler fabrics and a couple yards of Martha Negley's pink floral fabric. I love this fabric – it is so pretty, but I didn't really have anything to do with it until now, when finally someone I know is having a GIRL!
I finished the quilt last night. Huge thanks to EVERYONE who left comments on my last post answering my questions. I only have one aquaintance who quilts, and haven't had much opportunity to pick her brain on these matters (she has 4 kids, I have 3 – who has time to talk quilting?). But YOU, in this circle of crafty bloggers have taught me so much!!! Thank you for taking the time to comment! Before this week, I'd never even heard of a stay-stitch…
Here she is before the first wash:
Here she is in all her wrinkled glory.
A wrinkled beauty. Would that someone would say that about ME one day. In addition to the floral fabric, I threw in some Martha Negley's fruity squares since this little girl's nursery is pink and sage.
And finally, my first attempt at a label. I wish the top square hadn't been blank, but with babies sometimes coming early, I didn't want the month to be forever wrong on this baby's quilt.
As I was putting the quilt together, I kept thinking that it looked disjointed. But as I was taking pictures I realized that looking through the camera let me see what the final quilt would look like. Looking at it in a small screen blurred the lines just enough that it looked better through the camera.
I love this pattern. I will definitely use it again. I looks so country-ish and takes me back to a time when people rode in covered wagons, lived in log cabins, and fished by streams. Of course they had no running water and air conditioning, so I'm very thankful to be living in the present and romanticizing the past.