Hey everyone! I’ll just remind all of you who are dropping by that the giveaway for the Mildred bag is only open until tomorrow at noon, so don’t wait to enter! You can find that post here.
I was going to wait until after I chose a winner for the bag to write another post, but I can’t help myself! I finished Layla’s quilt and I really want to show you!
I used Anna Maria’s Spinning Stars pattern which I found was very clear and easy to follow. To be honest it would not have mattered how easy it was to follow because from the moment I saw this pattern back in June I loved it so much and knew I would be making this quilt- probably more than once. I chose Little Folks for the quilt top because it is so buttery soft, but also for the bright and saturated colors found in the line. I’m in love with the bold yellows and deep pinks and the touches of aqua found in many of the prints!
After getting in enough fabric to back it with either voile or flannel, I chose to use Anna Maria’s Folksy Flannel to back the quilt. I did this because I love the print which is only available in flannel not voile, and because the weight of the flannel greater than that of the voile. Also, flannel was easier to “keep still” during the quilting process, whereas the voile is pretty slick and I was afraid that I would not get the back as flat as I could if I would have used voile. Of course, the plus for Layla is that she’ll have two different kinds of soft fabric to choose from when she snuggles with her new quilt.
The quilting was done entirely by hand using Perle 5’s. I used pinks and oranges to line the stars throughout the quilt, and I used white to go around the inside of the octogons.
The binding was done using one of AM’s Pastry Line fabrics in voile. I love the way the white stripes look going around the Spinning Stars quilt.
I’ll be giving this quilt to Layla Grace on Christmas morning. She’ll open it and I’m hoping she will love it. I am a realistic mother, however, so I realize she’s going to love her toys that were made in China better and then she’ll love all the stuff from her grandparents even more later in the day. She’s only one now, but I’m hoping that later on when she’s a bit older she will appreciate the love and time and went into stitching up this lovely quilt for her. The bold colors reflect her very independent and outgoing personality. The fabrics are the softest and best quality I’ve worked with, and I know Layla will only use this quilt if it is the softest thing she’s ever felt (she has high standards).
I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon to announce the winner of the Mildred bag. If you’ve not entered yet, visit that post and be sure to enter!
Also, don’t forget that I still have free shipping going on in the shop through tomorrow! Just enter code OJHBIRTHDAY at checkout!