Hushabye Medallion Baby Quilt, first finish of 2016

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.

Picture: So Fun Fabrics Blog: http://sofunfabrics.blogspot.ca/2010/04/have-you-checked-out-great-tula-pink.html

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!

These bunnies!

Hushabye Owl

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?

Bunnies and owls

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.

Front and back

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.

Baby Quilt
I took this last pick in a hurry, but you get the idea.

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?

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