Thursday, August 30, 2012
When I held my last job as an assistant principal before I became a stay at home mom, one of my favorite coworkers was our school librarian. She was a sweet young woman who truly enjoyed her work with the students. My friend also had a love for all things vintage, and you would often see her crossing the campus dressed like a Hollywood starlet from the 1940's. I was thrilled to attend her wedding a few years back, and I was just as excited to hear that she's expecting a little girl this November. My sister and I and our five daughters will be visiting her on her lunch break tomorrow, and I wanted to bring her something special for the baby...a quilt, of course.
Millie's Closet by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs seemed the perfect fabric choice for this project. I knew that my friend would enjoy the retro vibe of the prints, and the colors are girly yet bright. I've always had a weakness for flying geese patterns, and that led to the name for this quilt: Taking Flight.
The quilting is simply a few rows of a wavy stitch on my sewing machine which I stretched as long and large as possible. I love the way the fabric, pattern, and stitching all work together to give this a vintage modern feel.
The back of the quilt is one of the floral bouquet prints from the collection along with a strip of white muslin. I like using muslin for quilts from time to time; it's so soft and seems to get softer with every washing. For binding, I used Kona Red which ties the whole package together nicely.
Is there anything better than making gifts for the people you love? I think that those are often the projects I enjoy the most...
Enjoy your weekend, my friends.