As soon as I heard that Heather Ross had a new fabric line on its way, I was ready to check it out. Previews were so very lovely, but the release date, for my purposes in making a baby quilt, was far out. And by that I mean too close to my due date. Which is two weeks from now, so now it’s on shelves and ready for everyone to grab it up. Which is a good idea, because when HR prints sell out people get a little nuts. Like frenzied eBay auction nuts or 12x markup on Etsy nuts.
So I e-mailed Windham Fabrics and did a little begging for pre-release fabric. And they sooooo very kindly sent me a stack of half yards to play with. Aaaaah, a really fun package to open and imagine all of the possibilities.
Had they sent charms, I would’ve gotten all patchwork crazy, I’m sure. But with half yards, I just couldn’t bring myself to chop it up. Strip quilts have become a staple for me, and I’m trying to branch out a little in my thinking, but… I just couldn’t chop ’em up. And I didn’t want a busy quilt. Something nice and soothing and simple, with room to appreciate the adorable creatures in the prints. I was so indecisive about combining a bunch of the prints that I actually made *two* baby quilts. This is the first of the two.
I’m working on a follow-up post about how I put this together and will add the link when it’s ready, but this is a combination of machine and hand quilting. I was pragmatic in my approach to quilting– expecting I’d love the look of hand quilting but also that I’d get tired of if after two lines of it. So I did some straight lines of machine quilting and then 12 meandering lines of hand quilting. Which ended up being a lot more fun and less annoying than I expected as related to my level of patience for such things. But couch time with my husband while watching Mad Men and the Newsroom was key.
A brief interruption of the photo parade to say that while hand quilting, I carefully avoided piercing or impaling crickets, bees or frogs. ‘Cause I just couldn’t. They’re so freaking adorable. And I’m not even typically a creature lover. But these are SO sweet.
When piecing the front I didn’t want even ratios for each fabric strip as much as a balance between the visual weights of the prints. I nudged and folded and rearranged until I was happy with this one and the companion quilt, then measured and noted the size for each strip before trimming the half yards down.
K saw that I was photographing the quilt for the blog and offered to help. So sweet! After doing my usual directing, I realized that the last words out of my mouth were “hold it up so I can’t see your face!” Ooooh no. How rude. So I explained a bit. And then took this photo. It’s my fave. I can tell from her eyes that that’s her smirky smile under there.
More on the making of it, and the companion quilt, soon! (Soon being a relative term. Before giving birth, after giving birth, dunno. Just adding suspense and excitement to quilty world.)