Friday, January 29, 2016

Stars: A Baby Quilt for Isaac



I’ve just finished a quilt for my new nephew, Isaac. I posted about it here and I hoped to get it done before his arrival, but it has taken me much longer than expected to complete.  I was sidetracked for a few months by other projects, and handquilting is time consuming for me, even on a small quilt.  




It is made of Kaffe Fasset stripes and shot cottons and it really shimmers.  I took it directly from the book, Shots and Stripes, only adjusting the size and using colors that were available to me.  For the backing and binding I used his shirt stripes in red.  In his book, Kaffe Fasset calls this quilt Twinkle, which fits perfectly.  If I were to try the quilt again, I might try a lighter background, but I’m not sure if it would still have the shimmering effect that draws me in.  It would be an interesting experiment though.  I love his fabric for its beautiful and bright colors and also for its softness.




Really the challenge for this quilt was figuring out the quilting.  I wanted to hand quilt it.  I’ve done that for each of my nieces and I like the tradition of it.  It feels like I'm giving the gift of time that I can’t give them in person since they are so far from me physically.  I mentioned in the previous post that my initial thoughts on the quilting weren’t working out.  I didn’t want anything to take away from the stars.  I did finally settle on a simple design though and I feel it works well.  



Isaac and his daddy

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

2 comments:

Vera said...

Looks lovely! I love stars and grey :)

liz said...

I love the quilt. Almost as beautiful as little Isaac!