Sunday, March 20, 2011
Far Far Away 2 Baby Quilt
I have been working on this quilt for a friend who is expecting for several weeks but haven't posted anything about it since it was a surprise. Her shower was this weekend and I gave her the quilt (ok, well, showed it to her since I was still finishing sewing on the binding)... so I can go ahead and share it with you, now, too!
She is having a girl but didn't want something with a lot of pink... I thought about the fabrics in my stash and kept coming up with ideas that were just too girly. My friend loves natural colors and fibers and the more I thought about it the more I realized that the Far, Far Away 2 fabric line by Heather Ross would be perfect for this quilt. The fabric is a linen cotton blend and is a bit heavier weight than a regular quilting cotton, and the details in the prints are just adorable.
The fabric is so beautiful that at first I was having a hard time getting myself to cut into it and couldn't decide on a design. So, I told myself to just go for it and starting cutting out the fabric, and laid it out until I decided to do a design with pieced strips of varying heights. I had bought barely enough fabric for the sashing so I calculated what width I could use and still have enough. I pressed all the seams open, which ended up being helpful for reducing the bulk at the seams when I hand-quilted it.
I thread-basted the quilt every 4-5 inches and then I hand quilted it. With the thread-basting I was actually able to quilt it without a hoop, just holding it on my lap. I originally wanted to just quilt in the sashing but then I decided it could use a bit more quilting and did some outline quilting inside the blocks. The outline quilting ended up being one of my favorite parts of the quilt! I love how it accents the sweet fabric designs.
I'm very happy with how it turned out! Congratulations Suzanne and Grant and wish you all the best with your coming arrival!!
I'm linking up at Sew Mondern Monday...