This is one of my favourite quilts I've made for a long time. It was a real random assortment of scraps - I went through my stash and cut off a couple of 2.5" squares from every print that appealed, threw in a pink, orange and yellow Liberty print charm pack and sewed it all together at random to make a 36"x40" (ish. I can't remember the exact dimensions) baby quilt for a lovely friend's new little girl. There are some precious hoarded vintage prints in there, quite a lot of Hello Kitty, some sweet Sevenberry cats and dogs. All sorts. The best sort of genuine patchwork.
The backing is a fabric I've had in my stash for years. I bought about three yards of it to make... something (I have no idea what. But it never got made, whatever it was). It's a really sweet border print, but annoyingly the print faced the 'wrong' way, so I had to cut the fabric apart and sew it back on so the border was at the top. Which is possibly the most first world problem ever.
I quilted with straight lines 1/4" each side of the seams in bright yellow thread, which created a rather pleasing table cloth effect on the largely plain cream backing. I am rather fond of straight line quilting, either freehand lines or more precise as on this quilt. Plus I was terribly pleased not to have any puckers in the quilting as I <gasp> pin basted it instead of using spray. After one too many incidents with spray baste all over the carpet, and in a bid to make my quilts more chemical free, I've decided to abandon spray baste, and this was the first quilt in about four years that I've pin basted. I'm calling it a win for pin basting.
I bound the quilt in another Liberty print (kayoko) in cheery yellow and hand finished it on the back after machining the front (lots of instagram debating on machine vs hand finished binding recently, I've noticed. I am a die hard hand finisher).
Rather pleasingly, the unsuspecting giftee (well, her mother. The baby isn't quite up to using social media yet. My sewing isn't that slow) posted on one of the instagram shots of this quilt to say how beautiful it was, which made me smile. I like to think she was extra thrilled when she unwrapped the parcel and found this quilt inside.