Such a big story behind this little quilt! I'm not sure it would all fit here. Shall I give you the condensed version?
While I was looking for some quilts to practice on, I heard from a kind quilter, Jan, in the eastern part of Australia. Was I close to her home? Not at all, but she had a good friend in California whom she'd met online, and she might have some quilts ready to work on. I was introduced to Jan's dear friend, Elnora. We discussed that it would be a good idea to do a dry run with mailing involved as many quilts will arrive that way for longarming. Elnora quickly shipped off this sweet baby quilt made with the Minny Muu line from Lecien Fabrics. I loved it!
Itty-bitty parakeets, dancers, and cars!
So cheery and lots of pink!
And a pieced backing. Now, just to line all this up, and make it work. I wanted something sweet, but not so densely quilted that the piece wouldn't stay soft for a baby. I played with different motifs until I was happy.
In full disclosure of why we all need lots of practice, here is the human factor at work. I loaded and started to quilt it vertically like this. As soon as I started, it made sense why it would go much faster to have it turned with the rows running horizontally. So, I unpinned it with some quilting already started, and flipped it. I carefully outlined the rest of my white strips, and FMQ'ed the printed portions moving horizontally. A much better plan, but to do the hearts down the white rows, I had to take it out, and repin it in the original direction once again.
It feels so good to have two projects off my list, and be on track. I think my mojo is back.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's make a plan for tomorrow.