Here's my finished quilt:
My New Year Resolution was to use up some of my stash and scraps and that really happened with this quilt.
- All the 'Freckles" were cut from fabrics in my stash, some have been there for a long time, many of them used in other Freckles Quilts or other child/baby quilts.
- The backing is from a piece I bought several years ago from Spotlight in New Zealand. It was a bargain and I bought 3 yards to use as backing. Up until this quilt I have always felt it wasn't quite the "right" fabric for the backing. However, with this quilt I decided not to be so fussy: it is a typical baby fabric and although it is a contrast to the front which has such bold colours I think it works. Being paler shades it shows up the bright turquoise Perle cotton hand quilting very well.
- Again, using my principle of using up I looked in my bag of spare bits of binding, all left overs from various quilts I have made over the years.
This is quite an old photo of my bag of scrap bindings and several of these have already been used.
However, I found two lengths of spotted bindings (I love spotty bindings), one was a pale blue with white spots, the other a turquoise with yellow spots). When I sewed them together they went all around the quilt with about 8" to spare! Perfect. ............... Guess where the spare 8" is?
- The Perle Cotton was also from my stash, a bright turquoise variegated one. Almost finished it on this quilt but a little left for a future small project.
- The batting was a leftover piece which, when I sorted out my stash cupboard earlier this year, I had measured and pinned on a label with the dimensions. Very useful when I looked through my batting pieces and found this piece which was exactly the right size!
- Embroidery threads used for blanket stitching the Freckles were all from stash.
The only new fabric in this quilt is the blue background which I bought at the Festival of Quilts in August this year. About 6 GBP per metre. Got a small bit left to use for framing Crumb blocks or using in a future Strip Quilt, perhaps.
So, a small baby quilt, it measures 30" square. Ready for the next baby boy. I know of three babies expected between December and mid April so perhaps this little Freckles quilt will find a home with one of them.
A Close up of some of the Freckles and stitching:
And, finally, the backing and hand quilting:
A few stats about my finished quilts so far this year:
- 14 finished quilts, 4 of them UFOs
- 8 of the 14 gifted so far: 4 are now in New Zealand, 1 in Germany and 3 here in the UK.
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