A friend's son and daughter-in-law are expecting their first baby the end of this month—a boy—and I figured I better get my rear in gear and quilt the top I finished in early September. Actually, it wasn't just pure procrastination; it was procrastination for a reason. I wanted to get some free motion quilting practice under my belt before I attempted stippling this quilt.
Enter the Free Motion Quilt Along by Christina at A Few Scraps. Perfect timing! I hopped on board that train and road along the learning curve all the way up to our current stop, Stippling 101, where we are experiencing a momentary layover.
But that's okay, because stippling is exactly where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do on this baby quilt. I practiced on my Spiderweb Halloween table topper, then practiced a bit more on my practice quilt for the quilt-along. Finally, on Monday, I basted this baby (quilt) together, and away I went!
Oh, there are some stitch length issues and a few mountain peaks where there should be meandering curves, but overall I'm happy with how it turned out.
I did a pieced backing, since I had enough strips cut anyway. I like a little something extra on the back of a quilt, don't you?
It's mostly from stash, except the Kona cream (I don't know the official color name). I was trying to come somewhat close to what may or may not be the mom-to-be's nursery theme. I think there are giraffes and leaves involved anyway. I was fresh out of giraffes but had a bunch of leafy prints. The gray/white/black print is a vintage piece I've used in probably way too many things already, but I love it.
Now all this quilt needs is a little baby boy nestled in the middle. As Tom Petty said, "The way-aiting is the hardest part!"
I'll be linking to AmyLouWho's Sew & Tell Friday. Click on over to see the other great finishes this week!