it sings spring
Spring means daffodils, warmer weather and no more snow, but for my friend Sandy, this year spring means the arrival of her first grandbaby! To celebrate, I made this quilt for the soon-to-be wee one. All signs indicate baby boy, but I played it safe with a gender-neutral theme–every baby likes animals.
I fell in love with this animal print and chose complementary fabrics from there. For the quilt’s design, I was inspired by the charm squares baby quilt pattern that Elizabeth Hartman generously posted on her website Oh Fransson. I decided that rather than using sashing strips between the pieced rows, I would use only the alternating rows of squares and rectangles (12 rows in all) and butt them up together. This made the quilt approximately 32” x 52″–large enough for a toddler bed and for building blanket forts.
I backed it with an orange zigzag flannel–I have a real weakness for orange.
I bound it with Quilter’s Linen by Robert Kaufman in Leaf. It sings spring.
I wanted to quilt it using Amanda Jean’s honeycomb quilting technique; however, I couldn’t get my Bernina to do that. It’s not its fault–blame operator error. So I used Faith’s (at Fresh Lemons Quilts) wavy-line quilting. It meant a lot of quilting, but I am fond of the crinkly soft texture it creates, which becomes more pronounced with washing. Like a baby’s sweet cheek, it is irresistible to touch.