This is the only full-size quilt I have made to date. It’s for my daughter, Chloe. I made it in 2008, before she came home to us, before her adoption was finalized. For a very long time I envisioned a sweet little girl to complete our family. Our family has been complete for over 4 years now 🙂
And what is it about motherly nesting? I don’t completely understand it, but the yearning to provide her space was powerful and undeniable. I wanted her room to be perfect. I pictured soft hues of pink, cream, and green, with subtle vintage florals. Her room is a little retreat, and she loves it.
I used the Pieced Pinwheels pattern from allpeoplequilt.com. The fabric is from Jo-Ann Fabrics, via their Boise store. The backing, which you can’t see, is one large piece of unbleached muslin. I got a whole bolt of it at Jo-Ann’s for a ridiculously good price. Its cream color worked well, the beautiful quilting designs really stand out on it, and I liked not having to piece together the quilt back. I made the pillows, too, except for the solid pale pink one.
And then there’s the free motion quilting. That, I did not do myself. I delivered the pieced quilt top, batting, and backing to Kayla Rich, a talented free motion quilter. I didn’t really know what I wanted for the quilting design – I just gave her creative freedom. She liked hearing that, and I love the results.
When I sewed the quilt top, I didn’t follow the pattern exactly. I changed the borders up a little, making them wider to see more of the pretty fabric.
I love how this quilt turned out, and I cannot wait to make more.