Laura and I exchanged our holiday gifts last night so now I can finally show you what I was working on in early January.
I started this quilt after a failed attempt at another gift. I don’t want to give up on that idea so I’ll keep it a secret for now. I was staring at said failed gift and thinking about what else I could make for Laura (now a week past christmas). Then I remembered I hadn’t made quilts for any of my friends yet. Then I remembered she loved the fabrics in my (soon to be) ginger blossom throw pillow. Then I remembered this picnic quilt. I think we can all agree that when things come together like this, you just have to go with it.
The quilt is made up of 16" squares for an overall size of 64"x80". I wanted it to be large enough for cuddling on the couch. I was worried that the large squares would be boring but after seeing all the squares together, I'm really happy I tried it. The fabrics get a chance to shine and with fabrics as beautiful as these, it just feels right.
It's quilted with white thread in a medium, wandering sort of pattern. I'm still getting very uneven stitches but I'm sure Laura won't mind. I wonder how many quilts I'll have to make before I'm happy with my free-motion skills?
I was planning to use green flannel for the back but when I saw this in the store, I knew it was meant to be. The pink is divine, a perfect match and the scrolled crowns and hearts are so very Laura.
I'm working on a few other quilts and haven't forgotten about the bento box. My creativity is slowly creeping back after my sad week last week so stay tuned for more updates soon.