I’m so excited to share my first finish for 2015; my scrappy bear paw mini quilt. I pledged that I would get this mini quilt finished as part of the January “A Lovely Year of Finishes” and it seems I accomplished just that – finished it in January 2015 (which is handy as it was part of the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap Round 3 and needed to be finished ASAP!).
I’m so thrilled with how this turned out and I have to admit that I had some reservations about sending it to my partner (I wanted to keep it for my wall!). But I sent it off and as I type this it’s winging it’s way to the good ole’ U.S of A.
While I’ve been patchworking (is that a word???) for a few years now, I’m still really a novice when it comes to quilting and so I decided to just let my walking foot and some (hopefully… sometimes…) straight lines do the talking for me.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for a pattern and in the end I have no idea how I managed to settle on this pattern, but I’m glad I did because I really like that it just compliments the patchwork and helps to highlight the fussy cutting.
I spray basted the quilt top and then left it for 12 hours before sitting down to quilt it and I’m worried the the really humid days we were having may have caused some crinkling which then added to some not so happy quilting situations. But overall I think it’s ok.
I figure once it’s washed it’ll crinkly up even more and it won’t matter as much. I used Aurifil 2314 in 50wt with a stitch length of 3.5 for the quilting and it just really disappeared into the text prints. I am head over heels in love with the diamond cross hatch blocks that formed from the straight line quilting.
I bound the quilt in a black and white print (Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park Domino Dot in Black) to try and complement the text prints that I used as the background. I backed the quilt in some baby chicken fabric that I had hiding in the stash from a prize pack I’d won and it came up so well. (My swap partner said they liked chickens so I thought it rather fitting.)
I did also learn not to bind something while the 2yo is awake as he loves to “help” especially if there’s chickens involved.
I’m so pleased with how it turns out and I’m praying that it arrives to my partner (I just had my Festive Mug Rug envelope turn up to my partner opened, emptied of it’s contents and then resealed…) and that they love it.
It was so much fun making for someone else and wondering whether it will be something they love or not. I’m trying to limit how many swaps I’m in this year, but it’s all just so much fun. Might just have to pace myself. Are you doing any swaps this year?
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