I’ve finished my second quilt! And as it often turns out when you are learning a new skill, this second one is a huge improvement on the first. My corners aligned better, my quilting was neater and I was a lot more confident.
This quilt is for my friend Ella’s baby girl who is due this week, so hopefully I won’t have long to wait before I can wrap it up and give it to her.
I love the Marmalade range by Bonnie & Camille for Moda, so I bought a charm pack and used that for the feature on the front of the quilt. It has a beautiful feminine feel but it’s not babyish so hopefully this little girl will love her quilt for a long time! I wish I could afford to buy the whole range in yardage!
I felt that the pink and red colours were strong enough without adding more, so I bordered it with a yellow solid that coordinates with the yellow tones in the Marmalade charms.
I backed the quilt with an aqua polka dot that coordinates with the aqua in the Marmalade fabric. I chose a multi coloured polka dot binding but I’m not sure I made the right choice – I think the polka dots are too big for a binding, but it looks OK. I love spots and small prints for binding.
I did a much better job of the quilting on this quilt – I bought a walking foot for my sewing machine and that has made a world of difference.
These photos really don’t do the quilt justice – the sun was just so bright!!
The one thing I do need to work on is binding and mitering the corners. A couple of corners worked well and a couple were a bit of a dog’s breakfast. I need some lessons!I have no problems with smaller projects but bigger projects are harder to bind.
I am working on some scrappy blocks for a quilt for Anna now, and I’d love to make a nice lap quilt for myself by winter time. I think I’d like to use a pattern next time. Do you use patterns or are you more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants quilter?