I have just (finally!) finished a baby quilt for my first little niece, Megan. She was born in mid-December but I was so buried in Christmas gift making, other projects and a broken hand (in a brace for a few weeks in January) that I'm just now finishing up her quilt. I had the fabric well in advance and knew what colors I'd use, I just didn't make the time to put it all together.
I *so* badly wanted to take fabulous pictures of this outside in the beautiful South Florida sun but alas,
it has been overcast and dreary here for 3 days.
As usual, I started with a pattern I liked (I used AmandaJean's Whirlygiggles - she has a great tutorial here) and then added a few things of my own. Of course, I changed the measurements some (started with smaller blocks), cut some of the fabric upside down (Doh!) and ended up with fewer, smaller whirlies than I had planned. Oh well... I still think it came out great and I will most definitely use my "backwards" whirlies for another project.
The white background fabric (with the flowers and ladybugs) is from a crib sheet. Megan's mom (my sister-in-law) had this on her baby registry so I was pretty sure she'd like it! I put Megan's name on the quilt with big appliqued letters and added an embroidered quilt tag with her birth stats.
This was my very first time trying free motion quilting. I am SOOO excited about it! I clearly have a lot to learn in terms of FMQ patterns.... I went with a pattern I'm calling "seaweed" because I think it looks like those underwater plant tentacle thingies (yes, pretty sure that's the scientific name) you see on Finding Nemo. (I'm actually hoping someone will tell me this is a real FMQ pattern and it has a real name.... that way I'll feel like I did FMQ the right way, even if it was only by accident!)
The FMQ made the quilt a little "stiffer" than I'm used to (I've only used stitch-in-the-ditch or other straight line quilting in the past), but I am in *love* with the "pucker" that the FMQ gave it after it was washed and dried.
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~*~ May your day be full of Love and Ladybug Hugs ~*~