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Finished April Quilt

Every April, I try and focus on making a few quilts to donate to children in need. I won't go into the whole story of why again. It's all in this post and this post. Well, with the drama of this April- house showings and preparing to move, time and space to quilt was pretty hard to come by. I did manage to get one baby quilt all planned, sewn, and hand quilted in April. Even if it had to wait until May to get bound, I'm counting that as a win.

I love this quilt in all its rainbow, I-Spy, on point, patchwork glory. I spent forever going through all my scrap bins pulling the perfect fabrics and then hours and hours arranging and re-arranging the blocks. There are a few I wish I moved around a little more, but it got to the point that I just had to start sewing. 

I wasn't planning on hand-quilting. I debated it but decided it would be silly to put that much time and effort into it. I started machine quilting it. I sewed my first line and wasn't pleased with it. Sewed my second and kind of hated it. Sewed my third and absolutely hated it. This quilt just needed to be hand-quilted. Maybe I'm crazy. But, I ripped out the machine quilting and started over with some big stitch perle cotton hand quilting. And, it was completely worth the extra work. It's beautiful and soft and drapey and makes the quilt just that much more special. I love the look of hand-quilting. I really enjoy doing it. I have hearby resolved to do it more often.

I didn't get in any bears playing sports fabric this time. It just didn't work color-wise. Instead, I included a scrap from the quilt I made my brother and sister-in-law for their wedding. It's that little bit of green and brown floral up there.

Plus, I was able to include lots of scraps given to me by a quilty friend who died recently- the elephants, the kittens and the bike chains in this picture alone. She was one of the most generous people I've ever known. The majority of her quilts were donated to people in need. Through her generous sharing of scraps with me, she's still contributing to charity quilts even after her death. I know she'd like that.

My quilt holder refused to brush her hair or wash the chocolate and marker off of her nose. Eh, its Saturday.

I cut two sets of blocks so I can make another just like this next time I find myself in need of a baby quilt for a gift. Plus, I think we need a larger one to keep. Good think I have plenty of scraps.


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