You probably caught a glimpse of it in my last post; Mira’s birthday blankie is finished! In case you missed the explanation, each circle in the quilt is from scraps of items I’ve made since I became pregnant with my little redhead (except one, which is from the crib set I made for her sister more than five years ago).
I ended up heavily free-motion quilting it, and although I continue to struggle with this style of quilting, it’s so much faster than anything else that I think it’s going to be worth the learning curve. At least, I hope it will be. Eventually.
I backed the quilt with a multi-colored polka dot print by Michael Miller, and the binding is a 1930’s reproduction print from RJR. I have always loved 30’s reproductions, and now, after buying just this one yard of fabric, I feel an addiction coming on.
A year ago, I decided to sew “blankies” for each of my children for each of their upcoming birthdays. And now that this quilt is done, I’ve officially reached my goal! When I put my kids to bed, all of them will be sleeping under something I have made. And now that Mira’s quilt is finished, I can move on to another of the many items on my “to sew” list. Completing a long project is very fulfilling, but I live for the freedom that comes with it, too. What’s next? Swimsuit cover-ups for the girls? Shorts and tees for the boys? Skirts for me? Another quilt? It’s fun just to sit and think about all the possibilities.