30 May 2011

This is why we are pixiecupINDUSTRIES. . .

Here's the quilt I finished yesterday. It's for two friends of ours who are expecting their first baby - a girl - in July. I'm excited to meet her. And almost as excited to hand this quilt over to her momma. Why am I almost as excited? Because I love this quilt. In a powerful way. It's going to be hard to let it go, even though I'm thrilled to be able to do so. Sometimes you finish a project and are glad to be done because you're over it. Sometimes you're glad to be done because you can't to see how it turns out. That's how I was with this one. I couldn't wait to see how she would look fresh out of the dryer. I love it. I love it. I love it. (Get the idea?) This little cutie was heavily inspired by this quilt. Which was heavily inspired by a pillow project in this book.

And I love the way the quilting turned out. Just big zigs and zags (you know how I love those) in the solid blocks. I think it looks fantastic on the back. The fabric on the back is Robert Kaufman's Essex Linen in light pink. And when they say "light", they're not exaggerating. When I received the fabric in the mail, I thought I'd been shipped the wrong color. It's almost off white. Just the teeniest drop of pink in there. But that's good because I didn't want pink on the back to be overpowering.

The only hiccup along the way was that I made binding out of this subtly striped fabric that I bought specifically to bind this quilt. Once I made it and got ready to pin it on, I realized that it was way too wimpy and wasn't going to work at all. It looked like an afterthought. So I dipped into my Denyse Schmidt stash and found this flowered bit of loveliness which I think was the perfect thing.

I've decided to stop being a lurker so I'm linking up to Sew Modern Mondays this week.

Ok. I need to get away from my desk and keep working on today's to-do list of craftiness. Hope you're all having a happy Memorial Day!


  1. Beautiful!! I have just done a big zig zag quilt too:)

  2. Beautiful! I love the fabrics you used and the design you chose. That quilting is really an amazing job! I think it is hard to part with quilts because so much work goes into them!

  3. Aww. Thanks Sara! I've made a decent amount of quilts in the two years that I've been quilting and this is definitely one of my two faves. The other one I made as a backdrop for pictures for my wedding last year and it's been on our bed ever since. Must make another so that I can give that one a rest. . .

  4. that is a wonderful quilt!! The new family is going to love it!

  5. Such a lovely and lively quilt! It was so good to meet you at the airport post_Quiltcon. And good to get to read your blog!