...AKA the grown up blankie AKA my first quilt.
So I have finished my 20+ years of education (seriously, I counted.) and I have no job. So what's a girl to do in between job hunting? Take up quilting of course!
So here it is, the pinkest, cutest, most diabetic-coma inducing quilt ever to be made and not given to a small child. I'm not even going to pretend this is for my niece because even at 7 years old, even she's too cool for this quilt.
It's nothing fancy, but given the fact that the most complicated thingI had made before his was a blue jean apron, I am rather proud of myself.
The quilt is made of 10"x10" squares of 4 prints from my modest stash that I thought matched well enough arranged in a 6x6 pattern. It ended up being about 56"x56" after being assembled. My favourite squares are retro Strawberry Shortcake ones, though the cherries are very, very cute too.
Here you can see a glimpse of the backing (cotton flannel. Soooo soft!) and the binding; I cheated a little and used satin blanket binding resulting in a quilt that resembles a giant blankie but who cares, its soooooo snuggly! I tied it using cotton embroidery thread in the centre of each square and in each patchwork corner, so its nice and lofty. It's the perfect nap blanket for grown ups.
Sucky phone shot of the top just to give you an idea of the size.
Since I am a sucker for progress shots, here's the back side of the top just before I put all the pieces together. Since this is no way I could fit the quilt in my machine and there is no way on earth I was going to spent several days of my life quilting this by hand. I ironed down some heavy duty interfacing on the corners and stuck some heat 'n bond under the seams to keep them smooth after washing. Probably a little bit of overkill, but I liked the resulting super tidy seams.