In between things like finishing up our cabinets this weekend, and seeing the Hunger Games (which was awesome) and various assorted errand-runnings, I managed to squeeze in some sewing time and finished up my Retro Flowers baby quilt!
I started this quilt about a month or so ago, and other projects just seemed to get in the way, so it feels nice to check this one off the list. This quilt is based off the Retro Flowers pattern by Christina of the Sometimes Crafter. I think my blocks ended up a little different than the pattern because I used my Accquilt GO! and Drunkards Path die which made very quick work of the cutting step, but the blocks ended up at about 11 inches finished.
I also tried a new (to me) method for sewing curves. I've always been an avid pinner for sewing curves. The more pins the better, in my book. I went out on a limb and attempted sewing pinless curves. I followed along with Leann's tutorial and could not believe how perfect my curves were! Now it certainly took a few practice runs to get the hang of it, but I have to say these are the prettiest most accurate curves I've ever sewn. No puckers, no sharp icky angles I would sometimes get with pins, AND it was so fast! Like speed lightening quick.
This quilt is for baby Alyssa who was just one week old yesterday. Her nursery is done in the prettiest shades of aqua with accents of pink. I knew immediately I wanted to do soft aquas, greys and yellows (one of my favorite color combinations), but when I finished piecing the quilt, I thought it needed something "girly" since the top was so gender neutral. I decided on this Timeless Treasures Crosshatch Sketch in Lipstick for the binding. These crosshatches are quickly becoming my favorite blender/binding fabric, and this bring pink brought just the girly pop of color I was looking for.
As for the back I did something I don't usually do, and just used one continuous cut of fabric, forgoing a pieced back. I have to be honest, it was part laziness and part that I just happened to have a 1 1/4 yd cut of this DS Quilt Collection Plaid Pink fabric on hand, that it seemed like it was just meant to be.
I really could not be happier with how this quilt has come together, congrats Julie and Andy and welcome baby Alyssa!
Quilt Name: Alyssa's Retro Flowers
Pattern: Retro Flowers
Size: 40" square
Fabrics: Quilt Top: Assorted aquas, greys and yellows from stash, Kona White, Quilt Back: DS Quilt Collection Aunt Edna Plaid Pink
Quilting: Allover loopy stipple done by me
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