Another retrospective post. Just like yesterday’s post, today is all about getting you up to date with other quilts that have been finished in the past year or so.
I have a habit of finishing quilts for others but the one’s for myself tend to stay stagnant! Do you do that too, or are you a good finisher? I’m working on being much more focussed on finishing this year and not going….oh look, squirrel!!
One of my besties asked me to make a couple of quilts for the new bubs in her extended family for Christmas 2012. This was actually going to be the first time I was going to be paid for my work, so there was a little bit of pressure but generally I embraced the challenge. And although my friend didn’t know it at the time, I had recently found out I was FINALLY pregnant with Peanut so I was very excited to be making baby stuff!
I decided to use the same pattern for each quilt. As quilting was still so new to me I didn’t feel comfortable to make up my own design, so I decided on a simple pinwheel pattern for the quilt. A friend of mine in my quilting class had just finished a baby quilt using this pattern, so I decided to do the same. As the new additions to the family were a baby boy and a baby girl it meant I could make gender specific quilts. Funnily enough I found it really easy to choose fabrics for the boy quilt, but struggled for the girl….I thought that was a sign, I must be having a boy! Ha, so wrong!
I think you can see the pattern design better in the girl quilt.
I also love the backing fabrics for these…particularly the boy’s quilt.
I decided to hand quilt these as I was not feeling confident to machine quilt at this early stage. I love hand quilting so much. I kept a very simple design of concentric circles in the large squares, with just a small circle in the pinwheel blocks. You can see the quilting a bit better in the pictures below.
Of course, being gifts they had to be presented well. It was great to make something for someone else to gift. I hope the recipients love these quilts as much as I do.
Finished quilt size: 37″ x 48″