The quilt is from Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones, the fabric is from Timeless Treasures’ Apple line by Alice Kennedy. I started it last fall, and have been alternately picking it up and setting it aside. I’m a little surprised at how long it took given that I got the cutting done a while ago, but I guess I’ve had too many other sewing projects competing with it. Ultimately, this play quilt got done before its recipient arrived (still waiting, if you hadn’t guessed), so it got done “in time.”
This was a relatively simple quilt to make. The blocks were just strips of fabric, assembled together into blocks which are later sewn into the quilt top. I learned to be a bit more careful in assembling my blocks–I had some upside down which required ripping (though not too much). I’m not so thrilled with the fabric in the end. It’s a little too “1970” for me all put together (though I did like the 1970 aspect when I ordered it) but on the other hand when have you not seen loud colors on kids’ things? It’s not a quilt for our bed, after all. I also got concerned about this fabric when I ironed it–the green used for the backing and the binding seemed to discolor under heat (and even under a press cloth–not that, in my opinion, you should even have to do that for quilting fabric!) It seems to have returned to its intended color upon cooling (green rather than rust-green) but it was a bit disconcerting to watch as I ironed.
Just a few photos from the process…
Assembled quilt top
Assembled quilt, binding strips cut
Finished quilt (iPhone photos here, unfortunately).