Last Spring while Ethan’s nieces visited Oregon, I asked them what their favorite colors were. Madalyn had mentioned how all of their quilts/blankets are for babies. That was all the prompt I needed. We see the girls two times a year, Spring Break and Thanksgiving so the quilts had to be done in November.
I made Hannah’s quilt first and was inspired by this Kaffe Fassett quilt:
But I wanted to see what would happen if I started the quilt from the center and built it log cabin style. So I cut a whole bunch of 1.5″ strips and separated my fabric into two piles, lights and darks. I measured my first strip based on the finished size I wanted (twin). Sew, iron, sew, iron, sew… until the strips were getting so long I had to add a step, pin, sew, iron, pin, sew, iron…. Luckily my mom is a long arm quilter and was able to quilt both quilts for me (time saver!). When I got on the plane both bindings still had to be hand stitched. Turns out I can hand stitch a twin size binding on in four hours, but only with a Thimble Lady needle (the very best).
This year we spent Thanksgiving on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama (see previous posts). The first morning we were there I set up one of the bedrooms with the quits for the reveal. (Note, this is a full size bed.)
I wanted to do something special on the back of each quilt so I added an element of the sister’s quilt to each. My hope is that they don’t grow out of these for awhile—I made them long enough (twin XL) for them to take to college, say if they wanted to bring it with them. 🙂
And for some super exciting news, this quilt has been selected as one of the quilts that will be on display at QuiltCon! It will be part of the Modern Traditionalism category.