In March of 2012 I made the quilt “Zigzagged” for a friend. She recently contacted me to ask if I had time to make a baby quilt for her niece. I am always excited when friends want me to make a quilt for them, and since she was a return customer, I was doubly excited! We quickly settled on a nice soft pink fat quarter pack of Robert Kaufman fabrics. I used my Go! fabric cutter to get 6 tumbling blocks from each fat quarter, and I had a lot of fun coming up with the pattern for the top (with help from Puppy, of course!).
The top went together really quickly, and I had lots of blocks left over to make a pieced backing. There were a few orange and salmon colored fat quarters, and they worked out great with the backing fabric. The backing fabric has “poppy” orange leaves on delicate trees. Over all, I have gotten just as many complements on the back as the front. I think this quilt will work well either way!
I really wanted the quilting for this quilt to make it “pop”. The top is really luxurious in its color, but the quilt/block pattern is pretty simple. I had a lot of fun using my new Bernina to free motion quilt a vine pattern of hearts. I am very happy with how the quilting turned out!!
You might be able to see that I also added a bit more to the quilting than just the meandering heart vine. I stitched in some words as well. It was an idea I had and at first I was pretty nervous about how it would work and turn out, but after a washing, I think that it is evident enough to be noticed but subtle enough not to overwhelm. The whole “theme” of the text is really rooted in the family and I liked that the backing gives it a “family tree” theme! The words stitched down are:
On a random side note, this is the 26th quilt I’ve made since moving to California, and I look forward to making many more!