This week my good friend Lisa is celebrating her "29th" birthday and when thinking of what to get her it felt right to try my hand at a quilt for her. Mind you, this decision came with about 2 weeks to get it done. I'm a pretty slow quilter (dang babies) and so this was going to be a true test for me. But, she's the type of girl that loves to get her cozy on with tea and Brit series like Dr. Who, so a quilt would be perfect!
I've already finished one quilt top in Tula Pink's Spiked Punch pattern, but it's pretty girly with bright pinks and greens. I wanted something a little more sophisticated for Lisa. The one struggle with this color pallet is that it easily can look a little Christmas-y. But, I don't mind that at all.
I had it all wrapped up to give to Lisa and realized I didn't take any photos of it, so I unwrapped it to snap these photos. They aren't great, but they show you the quilt.
This is a super easy pattern with the hardest part being trying not to repeat patterns too close to each other. I love the way some pieces stagger. I used a Kona cream for the background fabric and various FQs for the reds and greens.
I decided to be brave and try my hand at a loopy free motion for the quilting just on the cream parts. This is only my second time doing FMQ and on a quilt this size. It's way more difficult that you would think because of the way the quilt pulls and hangs as you sew. Next time I think I'm going to have to sew on the kitchen table so I can spread out more. Overall, I like the way it turned out.
Don't look at the back too closely---there are a lot of wrinkles, but I wanted you to see the easy piecing I did with left over fabric.
It's not a perfect quilt, but I'm proud of it and was happy to gift it to a well deserving friend. I've got a few other quilt projects in the works to share with you soon. The sewing machine has been popular hang out for me lately.
Related question for fellow quilters: How do you quilt when your front and back are two totally different colors? I played with a few different options for this quilt and decided to stick with cream on both sides.