I'm running a little late for Blogger's Quilt Festival, but I have a good reason and I'll share that disaster story in a moment (it has something to do with my 2 year old.)
I'm excited to be teaching a class on my Gathered In pattern in January next year and I wanted to make an updated version to show how different the pattern could look with modern fabrics. Lotta Jansdotta's fabrics were just perfect for a crisp clean look. I also added an extra row of blocks to make it a little bit bigger.
The original quilt featured French General fabrics, which were softer and much more traditional (and also very beautiful.) Then I added a baby sized version to the pattern. You can find the pdf pattern here.
It was fun trying out my newly acquired free motion quilting skills. I was terrified to start, but I have to say I absolutely loved this quilting design (from Angela Walter's book). It was much easier for me than random meandering quilting. Maybe that's because it's the type of thing I'd doodle while on the phone, so it's a more natural action for me. I'll definitely be using this design again.
I love the texture it gives to the quilt and especially the way it fills all of the negative space.
Even though I was in a rush to get this one finished, I'm glad I took the time to add a simple pieced back. I do like a double sided quilt.
So now for the story... I have been really bogged down with moving house while dealing with morning sickness while having sick children for weeks. Well, it finally seemed like things had settled down and I could do a little quilting again. I decided to finish off this quilt (I made a quilt top a while back) so it could be shown at the Adelaide Quilting and Craft Show to advertise my class, but I only had one week to complete it. Well I quilted with gusto whenever the children were asleep! Even when I felt really tired I quilted and was amazed how invigorating it was. After a few days the quilt was nearly finished, just half of the binding to go. Getting a little excited, I decided to finish of the binding while the children played. After a while my little Gracie decided she wanted my attention and came up and told me she had a sore tummy. The thought went through my mind "put it away and focus on your baby - she needs you and you would be devastated if she vomited on your quilt." I wasn't sure if she was sick or not so I said "I'll just finish off this little bit and then we'll have a snuggle, okay?" Next thing I knew she vomited all over the quilt! I couldn't believe it. I was so mad at myself for not listening to that little voice. Fortunately I could pop it straight in the wash and out on the line to dry, and after a quick iron it came out as good as new!
Fortunately Grace is feeling much better too.
Enjoy Blogger's Quilt Festival. There's lots of fantastic prizes (I'm proud to be a sponsor) and boundless talent on show. Thanks Amy for putting on such a great event!