I will admit that there were some late nights involved in getting it finished, but since next week is Fall Break and this is for my principal, that simply could not be avoided. There are a few tricks I have up my sleeve to finish quilts FAST when I need to.
1. Pattern choice is key- I pick patterns that are simple to sew and quick to cut. Even with varying the
direction of the strips in this quilt, this top was quick to put together. I could have had the strips
going all the same direction and it would have been even faster.
2. Shop your stash- Rather than choose colors that I wanted and try to make my stash fit those colors, I
allowed my stash to determine the colors. I didn't have to go the the fabric store in order to get
down to business. I also try to keep a well-rounded stash so that I have plenty of choices!
3. Multitask- I know this is easier said than done with little ones, but I sew while helping with
homework, between stirring dinner on the stove, while watching TV, etc. If I have 10 extra
minutes, I'm sewing.
4. Make the quilting easy- Everybody has their favorite go-to quilting method. Mine is
meandering/stippling. I just love it (I know you can tell). It's relaxing for me, and really quick.
Even with a fast finish, quilting should be fun! These are four ways that I keep my sewing stress-free- even when I'm under pressure to get something done quick!
I've named this one Fishing at the Creek. I can just see a little boy in overalls on the banks of beautiful, clear water on a summer day. I always tend to have lots of blue and green in my stash. I guess it's because I find these colors so happy and peaceful, that I'm just drawn to them.
You can also see the backing fabric really well in this picture. I really lucked out with this Denyse Schmidt fabric with the perfect shade of blue and the little green dots. Incidentally, this is the only fabric I purchased especially for this quilt. You probably recognize those lime dots too- that's left over from Serendipity. And of course, no backing of mine would be complete without adding in the scraps!
The finished quilt measures 48 inches square and I hope that it is loved for years and years by that sweet little baby boy.