Twelve months later

Quilting & sewing July 31st, 2009

I finished this quilt:

quilt-on-chair

Miracle of miracles, it’s actually going to its intended recipient.   That’s especially good in this case, because it’s very customized to said intended recipient.   She’s the daughter of some teacher friends of mine, and (last year) as soon as I heard they’d named their daughter Poppy, I hopped on Esty to look for poppy-themed fabric.   The fabric I decided on is called Fresh Poppy (!) by Amy Butler, and the pink and green matched the colors Catherine chose for Poppy’s nursery.   Perfect.

I got the quilt top done before school started, and intended to have the rest by the time Sean returned from paternity leave, but, well. . . didn’t.   My failure to meet the target date is not exactly unprecedented.   Though my goal has always been for my friend’s babies, especially firstborns, to receive something handmade, the specific gift given depends on two factors.   One: What craft I’m feeling into at the moment.   Two (and much more significant): How much spare time I have.

Hence, though my intentions are noble, in reality, one is much more likely to get a handmade gift from me if one’s offspring is born in the summer.   Which goes a long way toward explaining why the quilt I intended for Corrie and Steve’s Steven (born in April) currently looks like this:

stevens

(I just gave up and got Steven something off the registry.)

The “quilt” intended for Rebecca and Andrew’s Isaac (born in January) shows even less progress.

isaacs

(Isaac got a hand-knit sweater, six months late; that means it arrived in June.   Thankfully, I sized it for 9-12 months.)

But Poppy, ah, now, Poppy was born in late July.   Which, as it turned out, was still not enough time, but the timing remained fortuitous one year later, when Sean and Catherine invited Matt and me to a barbecue for her first birthday and I had the perfect, if only half-finished present, and plenty of time to work on it.

As for the finished product, I’m pleased with it.   I found a fabulous coordinating fabric for the back:

corner-turned-down

It’s covered with the names of flowers, and yes, Poppy is amongst them.

I deliberately arranged the solid blocks in the middle with an eye to a wee bit of decorative quilting, which came out reasonably well, I think.   If I were doing it again, I’d probably embroider the name for a look that’s a bit smoother.

center-closeup

This was my first time with free-motion quilting, which I both enjoyed and found to be reasonably rapid.   I’m hoping the latter point will help me clear out some of my backlog of quilt tops.   (No, Mom, I don’t want yours.)

Poppy’s party is tomorrow, and it will be nice to see people from school again.   I’m also hoping to avoid my customary last-minute gift-wrapping rush, due to the fact that quilts pretty well wrap themselves.

wrap

The moral(s) of the story:

  1. If you want a quilt from me, have your baby in the summer.
  2. Pick a summer when I’m in the mood for quilting.
  3. And don’t hold your breath.

4 Responses to “Twelve months later”

  1. Corrieon 02 Aug 2009 at 11:39 am

    LOL – I do like the fabric you picked for Steven, although he still enjoys holding his organic fabric veggies, too, and feel touched that you even considered making him a quilt to the point of picking out fabric! Maybe you will feel like quilting a pillowcase — perhaps it seems “smaller” and thus “easier” to me, although I know nothing about quilting — in time for Steven’s 27-month birthday? Just saying. ;-)

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