I have been working like a madwoman to get a baby quilt made for my new granddaughter due to greet us the end of July. I wanted to make a quilt of my own design, so the first obstacle was to decide exactly what I wanted to do. I decided on a night sky with wonky stars (Gwen Marston style). I have a grandson that (thankfully) lives close to us. We have a "thing" that we always say to each other, "I love you up to the sky and back always and forever no matter what." That saying pretty well sums up how I feel about the grandchildren, so I wanted that little saying to be on the quilt.
I finished the quilt top yesterday. Here is what it looks like.
I found some letter stencils I liked at Michael's and used them to draw the letters (in reverse) on the paper side of a fusible web. I machine appliquéd them to the quilt top using a very small zigzag (1.8, .8 setting on my Janome). I'm happy with the way it turned out. I'm planning on using a variegated blue thread to quilt it with a meandering star design, and I'm thinking of using Hobbs Heirloom quilt batting. (I like the way it shrinks up when washed.) I think the baby's name (evidently a big secret or not known at the current time) will be either embroidered or appliquéd to the bottom of the quilt.
The next day I finished the quilt--machine quilted (for wear) and bound.
If you look closely (or zoom in) you can see the quilting. I did use the variegated blue thread to quilt it and used the Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting.
I sure hope this quilt is used and loved. My favorite story about a well-loved quilt is here. The story is in the second paragraph, but the other quilts you'll see throughout the story are really cute too.