Another quilt completed! For this quilt I used some charm packs - something I haven't tried before. They were Moda "Sultry" and I found them in a nice Quilt Store that's about 1/2 drive from my house. I found each pack during two different trips. I wasn't sure how I was going to create a quilt that was big enough, so I added a border (more Moda fabric and Robert Kaufman basics).
I posted an earlier picture in this post of the quilt top - the original had much wider borders. However, I totally messed up my calculations and my backing wouldn't fit, so I have to cut down the borders. I almost cried it was so awful. When I bought the backing, I had this specific flannel in mind, but there was hardly anything left on the bolt. I guess I could have gone out to get something else for the back, but I'd already spent too much on fabric this month. I really like the 1" brown border that matches the binding.
I've done lots of reading of other blogs lately and wanted to have some straight line quilting fun. I've had this quilt in my mind for several months now and I was always unsure how I would quilt the borders. I'm not sure why I didn't think of it before, but I could do something different in the borders, like more straight line quilting. I guess looking at other people's pictures, helps me make sense of things since I've never taken a quilting class.
I love how cute the quilting looks on the back! This picture is before I washed it, but the other pictures are all post-wash. I started having nightmares that the backing for this quilt would warp when washed, but luckily it was fine. It didn't really change at all; the whole quilt just got a little crinkly (which I like). I read lots of pre-washing, but I'm not going to lie - I just don't have the time and energy for it. There is nothing I hate more than ironing the impossible wrinkles out of washed fabric and then sewing with it when it's all limp.
I think it turned out super cute! This quilt is a birthday present for one of my best friends who loves pink, but in a more pastel hue (I'm a hot pink girl). Now, for more baby quilts.