I bought the fabric almost two months ago, from two Quilt shops: Cushla's in Mapua and Quilter's Barn in Renwick and the backing was a bargain end of roll from Spotlight.
I didn't make the quilt straight away as I wanted to make the String Quilt I finished a few days ago.
And then of course there were two trips away, to Sydney and the Bay of Islands, which all meant that starting the baby quilt got pushed onto the back burner.
But earlier this week I started the quilt. I had drafted out the design way back when I bought the fabric so it was just a case of cut and sew. I sandwiched it yesterday and started the hand quilting so I now feel my target to finish by next Thursday is achievable.
How it looks at the moment:
As you can see the Perle cotton and scissors are ready to be picked up as soon as I have a minute to put in s few more stitches.
I have made lots of baby quilts over the years but this is a "first" in many respects:
- I bought every bit of fabric for this quilt just for this quilt. I have lots of fabric stashed away(what quilter hasn't?) but 90% of my stash is back in the UK.. I only keep a small stash here in NZ and I really had nothing suitable for this quilt. Hence the shopping spree. It was lovely to buy everything for one project and there is enough left over to make another baby quilt and have scraps for my ever-growing Scraps Stash! Just got to decide whether the left-overs stay here or travel back to the UK with me on 2nd May. What do you think?
- I have made a few Coin Quilts before but never combined that design with a band across the top with baby's name appliqued on it. This is an idea I got from an English quilting friend of mine, Sarah. So, another "first".
- This quilt will be going to South Africa (taken by NZ Granny when she visits in July) and I have never had one of my quilts end up in SA. Lots in the UK, Canada, NZ, The Netherlands and Germany, but this is the first one destined to live in South Africa.
I am very pleased with how the quilt is progressing, the bright colours really sing and the novelty prints are very apt, I think. Dad is a Kiwi so sheep and tractors are good ( Granddad has a tractor). Dad and Granddad are keen bikers so the bike fabric is good too. Orange for the South African link and a few hearts to show how much this baby is loved. The backing has a pattern of dogs on it, again suitable as Mum and Dad have two large dogs.
Off to do my housework and cooking so I can get back to hand quilting!