This is my first ever 24-hour quilt. I started it a few days after my closest friend finally (after the longest labour the world has ever seen, I swear) gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. I figured I had a couple of days to get it done before I'd be visiting, then suddenly both our weeks shifted and it needed to be done tomorrow. Of course.
Having started at lunchtime, I had the top laid out and pieced by about 5pm - it's only about 30"x40", so this isn't exactly an incredible feat. After a quick stop for dinner with my kids (apparently it's not ok to fail to feed them because you have a quilt to make), I got the backing cut (blue organic cotton from my stash) and spray basted it (love spray baste, especially for small quilts), leaving it to dry a bit while I made the binding. Then I quilted it with some straight lines following the outline of some of the crosses and sewed the binding down to the front. Which took until exactly 11:59pm. Phew.
Hand finishing the binding started at 5:50am the next day (there are some perks to being a lark rather than an owl, and a bit of peaceful hand sewing time is one of them) and was completed at 9:50am, about 8 minutes before I walked out of the door to drive to meet the new baby ( did stop to give my children breakfast in that time. Again with the needy kids). I can honestly say I have never constructed a quilt at such breakneck speed.
It is made mostly from Liberty prints - I used one of my blue charm packs, cutting each charm into four squares. The remaining orange/yellow prints are scraps I had kicking around, plus a few kona solids I ordered a while back when this quilt was first in my head (largely inspired by Susan's quilt, but I knew I didn't have the fancy pants binding in me). Simples.
And yes, I did take a blurry iphone snap of the finished quilt on their sofa. I didn't exactly have time to stage a beautiful sunshine-lit shot in the local nature reserve with this one...