The fabric in this quilt uses up some of my stash favourites. Hushabye by Tulapink was released in 2009 (or was it 2008?), as soon as I saw this collection with owls, rabbits and ducks disguised as flowers and swirls – I snatched up a 1/2 metre set in aqua.
I used tiny bits of the fabric when I learned how to do cathedral windows at the Workroom, but I decided to save the rest to make Gigi Thimble’s Mod Medallion quilt. I thought it would make a nice set for a future little person. I started the quilt top but then time passed, and I never finished it. Taking it out again after all this time, I still love this fabric so much – check out the bunnies! Ooh, and the owls!
Fast forward to 2015, when learned that a friend of mine was expecting her first child. I decided to give her the quilt rather than have it sit unused and unloved in the closet. I can’t wait to see her baby cuddled up in it, she’s due in two weeks!
Now that it’s been gifted, I can log this as my first finish of 2016. Oh, there’s the floral duck, do you see it?
I think the backing is a Lecien fabric, but I can’t remember what it’s called, I bought it at the same time as the other fabrics. It’s super soft and light, I might even have enough left to make a Wiksten tank for the summer.
When I chose this pattern in 2009, I’d only made log cabin quilt blocks and not much else. I’ve sewn a lot since then, but I’m definitely still a quilting newbie (see how not all the brown lines match up?). I really appreciate the straightforward assembly in this pattern: using appliqué for sewing the medallions on to squares, and rectangles for the borders. The pattern calls for a little extra square of fabric between each block, but I skipped that. It was very satisfying to see it all come together and I can see myself using appliqué for quilts in the future.
I’m slowly getting my crafting mojo back and hope to finish a few other projects for myself this winter: my second Bird in Hand mitten; Pomatomus fingerless gloves; a hairpin lace wrap and my Ginger jeans from class last year! Given all the #finishalong, #finishallthethings posts appearing on Instagram, I’m reassured to see I’m not the only one with unfinished crafty business.
What’s on your list?