I had the design for this happy crib size quilt drawn out long before I chose fabrics for it. It has taken me a long time to admit that some designs need to wait for inspiration before I move ahead. I know that when I wait for all the pieces to come together I will not strive with the process but I will coast through all the steps painlessly. This quilt is proof of that. As soon as I saw the fabric that ultimately became the outer border the little artist in me did a happy dance and I was on my way!
The fabrics for the outer border, leaves and flower pot are from the beautiful Apricot and Ash collection from Coriander Quilts. I simply love the entire collection, the colors are soft and feminine and a little modern at the same time. I think the apricot and grey colors would make a very sweet nursery.
There aren’t that many pieces in this quilt which means it goes together very quickly. The corners on the petals and leaves are made by placing a small square in the corner of a larger square, sewing across it diagonally then “flipping” the small triangle up. I refer to this technique as the “snowball method” but I’ve also heard called the Stitch & Flip technique. Whatever you call it, it is an easy technique that eliminates bias edges when you sew.
I filled the background with a simple crosshatch pattern. My free-motion quilting isn’t that great so I tend to use my walking foot a lot. I did free-motion quilt in the petals and leaves and I am pleased with how they turned out.
I drew a simple butterfly and placed one on each side of the flower. It made the background quilting a bit more fussy but I’m happy with the results.
In the top photo you can see the quilting I chose for the outer border. It’s a very classic design and what I loved is I was able to use my walking foot as the curves are very gentle.
The pattern is available now in my shop. You can find it here.
I’m hoping to get back on track with my patterns and blog posts. Working with my hands is what makes my heart sing and I am ready to make it a priority again.
I hope you have a blessed day!