1. Oh, Fransson!’s binding method works (be sure to cut strips 2.5 inches!). Loving the hidden stitches and crisp mitered corners. Next time, use a thimble when hand-stitching…
2. For some reason, making a small quilt is not nearly as satisfying as making a larger one. At least it looks respectable all folded up. Best to go bigger next time. Toddler bed quilts? Throw quilts? Twin quilts (gulp!)?
3. Don’t judge a quilt until it’s quilted. My goodness what a BIG difference that little bit of texture makes!
4. Um, press the quilt before photographing. Yes, it’s really necessary.
5. Working from a pattern (Oh, Fransson! New Wave with modifications) is not all that creatively fulfilling even when it’s a cool design. Enjoyed making the quilt back (especially the quilting design) more than the front… because I created it.
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Our yard is a bloom with rose, iris and dogwood. Little violets cluster under the shade of the pear tree and all the trees boast bright new green leaves. I started cutting for this baby quilt on Easter and just finished the quilt top this evening. The warm, girly hues of Sandi Henderson’s Meadowsweet collection are quite sweet for spring.
While I love this fabric, I’m not sure that this quilt is doing it justice, to be honest. I like the taupe Kona cotton I paired it with, as I felt that cream and natural linen had a washing out effect. However, the quilt just doesn’t have the “pop” I’d hoped for. Here is a bird’s eye view of just a few rows. Unfortunately my camera lighting ran out before I finished the quilt top:
I plan to use Kona’s rich red for the binding, which may be just what it needs. And, I’m hoping that it all looks much better once bound and quilted, as things tend to do. But, for now, I’m putting this Meadowsweet baby quilt aside for another project. My mama has requested something special for mother’s day. I’ll be sharing more about that soon!
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