This quilt for my cousin’s sweet baby girl was so fun to make. The pink/yellow batik, tone on tone creamy white, and Amy Butler fabric….ahhh, so pretty. This was the first time I used batik fabric – I just love how it looks like 4 or 5 different colors when you cut it up. And I have a special fondness for pinwheels.
This was also the first time I used a designer fabric – I always just used material I found at JoAnn Fabrics. When it came time to cut up Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern fabric, I had a hard time with it – it’s just so gorgeous. So I designed this baby quilt to have pretty big simple square blocks. As for the machine quilting, straight lines are all I can really muster, so diagonal lines it was.
I really wanted to personalize it with her name, using my Singer Futura embroidery sewing machine. So I left the middle square big and empty for this purpose. However……I made the mistake of piecing the entire top, THEN embroidering her name. Big mistake. HUGE. I don’t remember exactly what happened, but I think I ran out of thread or something, so the embroidery was a flop. To fix, I restarted the embroidery on a scrap piece of batik (thank goodness I had some left), and then I cut it out in an oval shape and sewed it right on to the middle of the quilt top. But then the oval edges just didn’t look smooth. It wasn’t perfectly curved and just looked off. So I sewed on some simple lace I had on-hand, which really smoothed out the curving quite a bit.