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June 18, 2018

This year, I've been putting a huge focus on developing my own patterns. I wasn't planning on doing any commissioned quilt at all. But, when my college roommate said she was pregnant with a little girl, I immediately started looking at fabric options and cleared my schedule to make a baby quilt.

My friend wanted a specific quilt, the Sea Glass Baby Quilt by Talk of the Town.They are doing the nursery in a "Woodland Fairies" theme with mostly purples and some green. Kanvas Studios had the most PERFECT fabrics. It was such a challenge to narrow them down to four (well five if you include the backing).

I chose Dance of the Dragonfly Dancing Waves Plum, Enchanted Garden Floral Lilac, Enchanted Blossoms Orchid, and Pansy Noir Lilacfor the front, and Pansy Noir Mini Flutter Lilacfor the backing.

This pattern is entirely appliqué. I was really excited to try out the Silhouette Cameo my husband gave for Christmas to cut out the 94 petals needed for the quilt. But, I somehow broke the Cameo when I was updating the firmware. So I had to cut out the shapes by hand.

I typically prefer a blanket stitch on appliqué, but the one exception is on a baby quilt. On baby quilts, I use a satin stitch to attach the appliqué to the quilt. Baby quilts need to be durable and withstand lots of machine washing. I'm sure a blanket stitch would hold up just fine, but its a personal preference I guess.

I forgot to take a picture of the backing, so this is the best I have, but I just love it. It was probably my favorite part of this whole quilt. Pictures just don't do it justice. The gold butterflies are metallic and it adds a beautiful movement to the backing.

For the actual quilting, I outlined each appliqué petal and then outlined petals in the white space. I love the effect of the outlined petals in the white space. I'm still undecided on if it was worth the 94 thread breaks requiring me to bury those threads, but it sure does look nice.

Quilt Stats:

  • Size: 40" x 40"
  • Technique: Applique
  • Thread: Aurifil threads in 3 shades of purple and white
  • Batting: Warm n White
  • Binding: Kona Purple

I hope you enjoyed reading about this one! :)