Saturday, April 11, 2015
A Preppy Baby...
After finishing the Hazel quilt, I still had one more baby quilt to make before a double baby shower in April. I pulled similar rainbow-themed fabrics to make a Preppy the Whale quilt and at the last guild meeting before the retreat weekend, I cut out all the pieces so that once I got to retreat, I could jump right into sewing.
At the end of the first day of the retreat, I had the entire top completed! I adjusted the Oh Fransson pattern to make a similar size to the Hazel quilt. To do this, I paired it down to 2 columns and only 6 rows and bumped up the width of the horizontal and vertical sashing. Just those 12 blocks took a decent amount of uninterrupted sewing time, so I'm impressed by the makers who have done the larger sized tops requiring 30+ whales!
I like the softer rainbow colors - just enough yellows, pink, and purple to balance out all the cooler tones and still just right for a baby boy.
I pretty much repeated the loopy meander that I used when quilting the Hazel top and backed it in the same blue flannel. The good news is that the quilting went even faster this time around and I would have finished it completely in just a few hours if I hadn't run out of white thread with only a handful of space left to quilt. So I must be making progress! Still have to work on keeping my stitches consistent, but it's become a much less scary process for me.
So both of these quilts are ready to be gifted and I hope that they bring some comfort and brightness to some sweet spring baby boys :) Don't they look adorable together?