A good friend of mine is having a baby girl in a month and a half or so. All babies are special–the arrival of this one is especially anticipated. We are thrilled for Katie and Jeff! I had the bright idea that a few other friends might want to be in on the fun, so I hosted a quilting night last month. It was great–talk about assembly line quilting.
Here is the process in pictures….
Happy fabric–loved the yellows and grays and reds and greens–added gray and pink kona cotton from my stash to calm all of the prints down a bit. Drew a plan. Or 7. Tried to get it right. I figured it would be easier to do a group quilt a long if there was a plan and the fabric was cut before the ladies got here! Used the stack n whack method talked about a lot of places; I saw it here.
Laid all of the blocks on my lovely design wall piano. (Yes, there is a mirror on the piano, hence the illusion of even more blocks cut! We had three friends sewing the blocks together, one designated ironer, and one designated block trimmer–me! And I made a few mistakes cutting out/putting the blocks together, so that gave us all a good laugh. “uh, Katie? What do you want me to do with this?” Oops! There was also a bit of unpicking after the fact, but just a little bit. Those rain drops are tricky to orient just the right way–some of them defied gravity! Two friends stayed later and helped with the layout–two of the squares have raw edge appliqued squares on them–I like something a bit different to break up the quilt. There is a sweet label on the back, which will include the baby’s name after she is born (and named). Everyone who helped signed the block. The week after at another quilt a thon, we finished basting it, I stippled the quilt (uh, its been a long time! Maybe since this one…) and the binding was a group effort–special thanks to Brooke for doing the bulk of it. I gave Katie the quilt today–I hope she and her family know how much we love them. And if there weren’t enough pictures in this post, here are a few more. I wish I would have taken pictures while we were sewing–we had such fun! Thanks everyone!