Hand quilting has begun…
Morning! I can’t believe it’s Thursday already. I find myself, every Friday, saying to myself, “Is it really Friday AGAIN?” Time seems to be running by while I slowly meander along at a nice stroll……..and by stroll I mean old lady pace while stopping often for closer inspection of the flowers. Anywho….I thought I ‘d give an update on the baby quilt. You can follow the process here, here and here …….
I’ve had the sashing on for a while now and have “sandwiched” the quilt with a single layer of Warm & Natural batting. I pieced together a few different fabrics for the backing and I”m really happy with the outcome.
Having said that, see that large med. brown fabric that covers 2/3 of the backing? With the ivory leafy pattern and birds on it? I broke down and had to buy some fabric for the backing as I didn’t have any 1 piece of matching fabric large enough. The lovely ladies at the fabric store helped me find it and we all thought it would look great. I bring it home and can’t wait to show the hubby and get started. I snatch it out of the bag, all breathless and excited and just know that he will think it’s cool. And instead of the calm smile I was expecting, he gives me this hesitant look and crinkles up his face. He says “it’s flowery“….and I stand there, wide-eyed, and say “no… it’s not!…it’s leafy……and nature inspired………see the leaves?…………..and the birds?…………………it’s brown and cream and orange!” and then he just looks apologetic and tells me that he thinks it’s girly, but that if I like it then he’s sure it’ll be fine. So we end it there and I walk off feeling a little deflated and not as eager to get to work on it. I gave it a week or so to consider whether I wanted to buy a different print or just go with it. In the end, I took a deep breath and decided to “just go with it”. I added a piece-y strip and the orange polka-dots and used the nature inspired brown print on the bottom 2/3rds of the backing. And you know what? I love it! So girly or not, this boy bun-in-the-oven will be wrapped up in it by Christmas!
I started hand quilting it about a week ago and I can tell that it’s going to be a slow process. I chose a nice gold color of thread and will just border all the little blocks. And, granted, I’m not the best hand quilter out there. But that’s okay. Something tells me the recipient won’t care a bit about how small and even my stitches are.
So, what do you think? Think it’s too girly for my “manly” baby boy coming in December? I’m sticking with my “nature inspired” point of view!