Last week, my husband suggested that, rather than start 2 or three new quilting projects, why didn't I try finishing up some already started ones? Hmm, what a good idea! Here is my first finished up quilt:I made this quilt top last year for the little gal's first birthday, along with a whole ensemble of items using this pink cherry fabric. I think it may be one of my favorite fabrics of all time! I'm glad I bought tons of it, enough to make birthday presents, and three little girl dresses, and a quilt, because now you can find it in white but not pink at Joann's. I saw a cute idea for framing fabric yesterday, this one is a candidate for that. And of course we've all seen all the cute versions of fabric displayed in hoops, or stretched on a canvas. Anyhoo, I still have some left- maybe enough to make another dress. I'll save that project for next year!
she seems to like her new quilt:
I always learn something new with each quilting project. This quilt looks really cute, and it is fine for just a little quilt for dragging around, throwing down on the grass, but it's not really the best quality there is. This red check fabric from Joann's is a little cheapo and is really thin and frays easily. I think it's not 100% cotton. I probably should have found a red check of better quality. The cherry fabric is pretty sturdy. Also, I decided to use some polyester batting that was free to me, but I don't think I'll use it again. It doesn't have that soft, flexible, old-fashioned texture that just gets better with age and washing like cotton batting does.
It also has a lot of puckering in the back, and even a little on the front. I just read a tip about taping down the backing onto the floor before you pin the three layers together- that would have been a good idea. There is a line in "Alice in Wonderland" where Alice says something like: