When my seven year old daughter and I decided to make a special quilt for a special young friend recently, we both knew exactly what fabric we wanted to use - Out to Sea by Sarah Jane.
We added in some other favorite fabrics and then just started cutting and piecing it all together, improv-style as usual!
When it came to quilting, I used several different designs and motifs - some new to me and some I've been using since I started trying new things with FMQ.
I also decided to try machine stitching the binding. When I started this blog earlier this year, I wrote about trying different binding techniques and had decided that I liked to attach the binding to the back first, flip to the front, and finish with a zig zag stitch (a variation on this tutorial from Stitched in Color.) Then at some point, I realized that what I really like - both for the process and aesthetics - was hand stitching the binding. However, I was on a time crunch for this one so I tried the stitch in the ditch method for attaching the binding by machine using a similar method as shown in this tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts.
I really liked using this technique. From the front, I think it looks like it was hand stitched. I will definitely try this again. I did "miss" in several places on the back but it was easy to just go back afterward.
Since we were gifting this straight out of the dryer (literally!), I only had a few minutes to take photos and I only had a small helper to hold the quilt outside. So, I quickly snapped this pic right before it left the house. This was taken just minutes after the other photos but inside - isn't the difference in the lighting just crazy???
Oh, and in my defense, I could have gifted this next week but my "little helper" was very impatient and wanted to give it to her friend while she was visiting - thus, the rush on the binding and photos!