This quilt, along with Felicity's quilt, are the two most intricate quilts I've ever done. Though it may not look like it, there is a lot of small piecing involved with this quilt. A lot for me anyways! I worked on it in small, assembly line steps, making slow progress for months. But it was worth it! When I saw the tutorial for this quilt online, I just couldn't pass it up! So I'm glad I am limited enough in experience to not have known how intricate it would be just by reading through the tutorial. By the time I figured out how much work it would entail, it was already underway, so I just kept plugging along. :)
I never really had a plan for the border, binding, or back. The border and binding fabric came from my stash. It had sat there for 6 years, and worked perfectly. I thought I could maybe do the border, binding, and back with that material, but found that the binding and border took more fabric than I thought. So I ended up just taking all the scraps, and piecing the back. I loved how it turned out, and its kind of like two quilts in one!
My wonderful friend let me come over to her house and use her fancy machine to do the free motion quilting. I'll tell ya, I SWEAR by my old, all metal sewing machines, and have never wanted a new fancy machine......until now. Free motion quilting is fun! But I guess I don't need to go out and buy a new machine since I have a friend who's so generous. :)
I caved for this print. I rarely order fabric online. But how could I pass up retro space kids, astronaut ducks, and mice and cats floating around in balls?!
I have a tradition to make the kids a baby quilt before they're born. Now that Ari's quilt is done, my nesting has slowed way down. His quilt is ready, so he can now officially arrive whenever he pleases. And until he does, I'll snuggle up with his quilt every night to ensure it smells like Mama.