Thursday, May 13, 2010
wonky baby girl quilt
My favourite quilt to date. This quilt was new for me in several ways:
1. It was a commission! My first paid piece for which I did not make a dime of profit. Oops. The quilt was commissioned by my mother-in-law for a friend of hers. She said the mom-to-be was "non-traditional" and was having a baby girl. That is literally all I had to go on.
2. It was the first time I had ever tried any sort of "wonky" block or any improvisational piecing. It wasn't as improvisational as it maybe should have been, but I love the end result and there was only one block made but not included. And only because it looked like a 3 ring circus.
To get things going, I took my brother (again) to the fabric store. Together we picked out a selection of prints from Amy Butler's new Love collection with the idea of doing a whirly giggle type pattern. I should have known that what I plan on when I shop is almost never what I make.
I got home and decided the quilt needed more variety and a different design altogether. Wonky blocks it was! I went through my stash and added some new other fabrics and bits that went well with the new fabric and started fussy cutting for centres.
I think there is about 17 different fabrics not including the backing and the solid white background. Most of the fabrics are either Amy Butler from various collections, or solids/semi solids, but there are a couple of special bits thrown in from Heather Ross' Mendocino, Echino, and a a few random prints that I have no idea where they are from.
The backing is a big piece of flannel polka dots from Amy Butler's Love collection, and it's bound in a pink cotton.
I LOVE this quilt. I loved it so much that even though it only took my a week to make, I kept it hanging over the half wall in our dining room for another week just so I could look at it. I love it so much, I am contemplating making an (almost) exact replica just for me, even though I have no need for a baby quilt right now.
When she finally had her baby, the "non-traditional" new mom loved her quilt! Good news for me, because that means I did my job well and a tiny little baby has a snuggle blanket to grow up with.