Well folks, this quilt is hot off of the sewing machine pressers! I have been avoiding many tasks today in order to finish this quilt for two reasons--1.) I wanted to enter it into the Blogger's Quilt Festival going on over at Amy's Creative Side and 2.) this is a birthday gift for my daughter who will turn 9 on May 24th.
I made this quilt top about 3 years ago. I saw a quilt in a Land of Nod catalog made of diamond shapes. I wanted to make a similar one for my daughter Anne. However, I lacked a pattern and I was forced to figure it out as I went along. As you can see, it is imperfect--there is a wonky slant to the diamond pattern--oh well. At the time I made this I didn't have the time or energy to finish it properly so I made the top into a duvet cover and called it good.
During spring cleaning last month, I found the quilt top/duvet cover wadded up in the corner my daughter's closet. I rescued it and decided to finally finish it. I posted about it on my blog a few weeks ago and asked for advice on quilting it--I agreed with those who suggested that a soft large swirly pattern would contrast well with the geometric feel of the triangles.
I quilted it free motion on my Janome 6125 (for those who are interested). I used a Crayola washable marker to draw the design on--I find this works better than those overpriced fabric markers. I finished up the quilting, washed it, bound it and clipped off my strings between the hours of 11am and 5pm today :) and that is why my family of 6 ate cereal for dinner tonight!
I am so happy with how it turned out--I hope Anne will treasure it but I won't be surprised or angry if I find it wadded up in the depths her closet again. Happy 9th Birthday to my sweet girl--I love you so deeply!