For Lizzie with Love
(Grand Rapids, Mi)
I made my first foray into the quilting world with this gift for my littlest niece, Elizabeth.
It was a complete "fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants" project; I saw a few fabrics I loved (Aunt Grace stuff), and then trolled the local fabric stores for more fabrics that matched those.
The quilt is a bit of a contradiction in eras, since the front is mostly 1930's reproduction fabrics, and the back looks very 50's/60's (I thought the fabric was cute, and it was on clearance!).
It's a simple block quilt, and after I finished sewing the blocks together, I decided to add a sage border before binding it with my favorite of the prints (salmon bunnies). I didn't have the foresight to measure the quilt to make sure it would fit a standard batting size, but fortunately the crib size was a good fit.
I hand-quilted it (my cat Bella found the in-and-out of the thread and needle very entertaining!). I don't remember exactly how long it took me--probably about 2 months.
I loved making this quilt! And I love the way it looks today. Four years hence, it's a little worn around the edges and rumply. It hasn't been sitting on a shelf - I know my niece has used it, and that makes me happy.