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|