* Okay, so this wasn’t pieced but it was quilted — and completed — in a day!
I have been on a baby blanket binge lately; it seems as if everyone around me starting having babies at the same time. I have spent countless hours knitting blankets in the yurt and on my lunch hour but when I found the above fabric (11 yards for $8 at the thrift store, thank you very much!). I knew that after so much knitting, I wanted to try something different. Conveniently my newborn niece has a room decorated in green and raspberry, so this bright fabric is perfect.
I have done a few quilts with free motion quilting and want to do more to perfect the skill. It is intimidating to take a pieced top that you’ve spent oodles of time and money on and essentially practice quilting it. This project seemed like a good opportunity to get some practice in and have a quick baby present made. I started by basting the two pieces of fabric and batting with multitudes of pins. Once the piece was basted, I was ready to sew.
The nice thing about practicing on a blanket of this size is that you don’t have a lot of excess fabric to move around and impede progress. Compared to the other quilts I’ve done, this was finished in a matter of a couple of hours. Tuned into a jazz station, I let the music inspire my swirly stitching pattern. Also, because the blanket is two sides of this strong fabric pattern, I didn’t have to worry about any stitches that were less than perfect being blatantly obvious. I finished up the project with some complementary bright pink binding and by the end of a weekend day, I had a completed blanket and felt more comfortable with my free motion skills. With 9 more yards of fabric to go, I think that a few more of these will be in my future, probably for charity but perhaps as back-up gifts for the when the next round of babies strikes.