I finally finished Anya’s quilt. I would have liked to have had it done months ago, but oh well. At least it’s still a couple of months until her first birthday, so I beat that milestone.
I’m very pleased with how this turned out. The pattern is by Glad Creations and is called “Faceted Jewels.” I drew it up in Electric Quilt and tried several virtual variations (love EQ!) before I settled on this one. Despite the convenience EQ affords, I sewed an outer border on the top that I just didn’t like and ended up removing it. I didn’t like it in the virtual version and I really didn’t like it in the fabric version. I should have listened to my intuition before I let it get that far. I was trying to meet a self-imposed deadline of having the top done to present to Erin at the baby shower her Richmond friends threw for her when they were here for Christmas. I didn’t have time to redesign and replace the border so I left it with just the thin inner border. It’s a different look for me and I didn’t think it ultimately detracted from the design, so I soldiered on. In hindsight, there are design elements I would do differently, and maybe if I live long enough, I will make another one, incorporating those changes.
It’s the first quilt I’ve made that’s totally paper-pieced. I really enjoyed the process, although there’s a lot of jumping up and down from the sewing machine to the ironing board and cutting table, but that just kept me in shape! I did eventually put a pressing mat down on my sewing table which cut down on half the exercise, but I can’t cut sitting down so I still had to get up and walk to the cutting table. I did as much production-line sewing as I could.
The pink and white fabrics on the top are “Fairy Frost” by Michael Miller. The purple is Kaufmann “Fusions.” The fabric that started this whole thing is “Doodle Fairies in Flight” by Timeless Treasures. At least that’s what eQuilter.com calls it. The fairy wings are sparkly. I didn’t realize that until the fabric arrived. Too cute!
And what was I thinking when I made this label? I didn’t even put on it that I’m her grandmother! Can I claim inexperience?