It seems lately that there is a story behind every quilt I make and this one is no different!
A young couple in our church is having a baby in August and my plan was to wait until the baby came and once I knew the gender of it, I'd either finish a boy quilt I have on the go or make a girl quilt. Well, yesterday in church it was announced that a baby shower was being held on July 4, one month BEFORE the baby is due. When I asked about it, I was told that since they knew they were having a girl, there was no need to wait until the baby was born (which I don't agree with but I don't really have a say since I'm not hosting it.)
Two weeks, not a problem, I thought - then I remembered we are leaving later this week for holidays and won't be back until July 2nd! So, I figured if I was going to make a quilt, it had to be this week or not at all.
I came up with a plan early this morning for a very simple 'Eye Spy' type quilt and around 8:45 a.m., drew up my plan. Then in the next 3 hours, I picked out the material, ironed it, cut it, pieced it and finally pinned it together ready for quilting. After a little break, I went back to my next 3 hour session. This included quilting in the ditch on the straight lines between the squares but then I decided it needed more quilting so to make it more 'girly' I stitched a heart into the middle (or close to) of each square. Picked out the binding material, cut, folded and ironed the binding and finally attached it. 6 hours later, it was finished.
All I have to do now is make up the Eye Spy chart to add along with it.
So, without further words - may I present my 6 hour quilt:
I know it's very simple (in fact, the simplest I've ever made) but I'm still happy with it and my 15 yo son thinks it's cool, so that must count for something