My best friend just had her second baby and so I decided to make her a quilt to celebrate and keep this Fall Child warm. I bought a jelly roll of Aneela Hoey's Little Apples fabric and a fat quarter pack of oatmeal colored fabrics and started playing around. Ultimately, I decided that the combination of beige and the grey, aqua, red, and olive was too dour so I found some yellow plaid I had lying around and set it next to the Apples. Suddenly everything just popped and all the colors woke up.
I hand pieced the whole thing! I thought it would be easy, because I embroider and I'm pretty solid with my needle skills. I didn't count on this being a completely different skill set and the fact that I can not, in fact, sew in a straight and level line. I ended up deciding to "birth" it and there's some minor wonkiness to the edges as I wiggle-waggled down the sides. My husband says it adds charm.
I pieced the back using more of the plaid, some leftover rectangles from the front and the lightest of the oatmeals to break it up. I also did an embroidered quilt label pulling the squirrels and snails from the prints. I found them in A Rainbow of Stitches.
And here it is all tied up and ready to go to the baby! She turned out to be a healthy girl called Sylvie Beatrice so I tied it up with a pink ribbon for her. I started cutting and piecing around 10/1 and I finished up on Sunday 11/6. I definitely think I've been bitten by the quilting bug... I'm already planning my first machine quilt.