I remember the night I started this quilt very clearly. I was home by myself, in my old apartment on a Saturday night. It was getting down to the wire before moving and I had a list of things a mile long to do. Mostly cleaning, purging and packing. Do you know what I did instead? I purged a bottle of wine from the fridge and cut up a pile of fat quarters into triangles, cause we’re quilters and that’s what we do.
I’d never made a triangle quilt before and suddenly when I looked at this cute gender neutral baby prints bundle I realized it needed to be my first triangle masterpiece. I’d picked up a bundle at Quilter’s Way at some point in my travels and without any baby in mind I thought it would be good to have some neutral baby prints around since I am in that age where suddenly everyone’s married and pregnant.
I used my Super Sidekick ruler to cut the pieces up and then quickly arranged the triangles and pieced them together. Before Sunday was over I had completed the top and hadn’t packed a thing. I put the quilt away to finish after the move.
Recently I got around to finishing the quilt. It was kind-of a disastrous finish. First I didn’t have enough of the flannel backing fabric (not a lot of flannel around to piece a back together with) then after I quilted with a fresh new Minky backing I botched the binding not once but twice.
All in all I’m happy that I ended up with this new binding cause I like the way the orange and white scallops plays at the edge of the quilt. I used the glue binding technique I learned from the class taught by Christy Fincher of Purple Daisies Quilting at the Original Sewing Expo back in April. It was challenging cause of the minky, but I finally got it done.
I was excited last week to get the birth announcement from a former co-worker that they had their first baby girl, Maya. A bunch of us from that job all got together this week and I gave her this gift to bring to keep Maya warm in the Minnesota winters since they’re moving back to her home state shortly.
So happy this guy has a home now; a baby quilt with no home is a crying shame!
A Thought on Packaging Gift Quilts
Maybe it’s just me but I prefer to fold up the quilt so the back is showing then wrap it in tissue paper and put it in a gift bag; that way the recipient can’t get a preview of the top until EVERYONE there gets to see it once it’s removed from the bag and unfolded. (It also makes for a great photo op that way!)
How to you package up your gift quilts? Share your method in the comments!
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