Ever since my littlest was born 9 months ago, I have been wanting to make her both an I spy baby quilt and a quilt with her name on it.
I also have been trying to pull from my scrap box for most of my recent projects.
So, using mostly scraps of prints and solids, I made her this scrappy modern baby quilt with some I spy on the top and bottom and some flaps in the middle that reveal her name when lifted.
Unfortunately, the quilting is, um, atrocious! But the intended 9 month old recipient certainly doesn't mind and I have to say, I don't mind it either. If you read my blog, you may know that I am searching for a new sewing machine and have been using my kid's inexpensive, manual machine which has a tiny harp space and no walking foot or FMQ capacity. I actually don't really mind using it but when I went to quilt this - yikes - yes, I really need to go shopping! My oldest daughter told me that she actually likes this quilting and since it isn't FMQ, she decided to call it "freestyle quilting" But, I still think it is time for me to pick out a new sewing machine and buy it! I am sure my daughters are nodding their heads in agreement reading this as they really want their sewing machine back.
I haven't hand-stitched a binding in a long time but there was no way this machine and I would have made it through machine-stitching this one! I forgot how much I love the look and process of the hand-stitched bindings.
I went with some colorful fabrics for the back to offset the browns and greys used for the top. I also used some flannel on both sides thinking the baby might like the different textures.
I'm still working my way through this quilt and I am now SO glad that I decided to hand-quilt it!
Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, and Sew & Tell at amylouwho.