First day of summer break, you guys!
6 Whole weeks of no teaching, grading and making tests… Hip Hip Hooray! I was soooooo looking forward to this vacation! I have so many great things planned, like putting my apartment up for sale, catching up on quilting, finally finishing all of those W.I.P’s, writing more patterns, visiting friends, getting some sun on my face, prettifying my balcony (as most of the plants have drowned in the awful downpour these last two weeks), visiting several museums and cities in my country and spending time with my two little nephews.
At the end of the school year we sometimes have to say goodbye to colleagues who retire from teaching and others who found a new teaching position elsewhere in the country.
As retirement wishes and farewells I have made some quilty gifts for three teachers with whom I have had a good working relation. With over 110 colleagues in total, there are some teachers that are closer to you than others.
Today I will show you the first of these gifts; a baby quilt!
One of my colleagues was to become a grandmother this week too. The baby was expected any day.
A test block for my flower pattern Dazzle was turned into a sweet baby quilt.
The pink fabric in the star/flower was also used for the binding.
I started with FMQ a kind of flower swirl around the edge of the star/flower. I have not had much time behind my sewing machine these last two months, so the FMQ-flowers were a bit “rusty”. Flowers, clouds… whatever, ha ha! The flannel on the back is VERY FORGIVING! I just loved the feeling of the quilted flannel. “Sew gorgeous!!!”
At a certain moment I stepped back from the baby quilt and noticed that I had unintentionally left a “tail” for the star/flower. Just go with it! I quilted “energy” coming from the star/flower with an elongated McTavish and swirls pattern.
It was great fun to do the FMQ after such a long while of only daydreaming about quilting!!!
- “A star is born”
- ca. 30 x 30 inches
- cottons on the front, flannel on the back
- Batting 100% cotton
- Paper piecing pattern: “Dazzle”, by me 🙂
- 100% polyester thread used for piecing and quilting, white. (hardly visible in the flannel!) Amann, Saba 120
I have already used the pattern Dazzle before for a little pillow. Maybe you remember?
The pattern is so versatile! Just look at these colouring options:
I envision a whole quilt made with this pattern with all different flowers….
…oh too little time!