My sister found out she was having a little girl so I started looking for inspiration. So much of quilting for me is having inspirations. Without it, I find it is so hard to get through it, or even finish it. It becomes a chore instead of a hobby I enjoy. My sister doesn’t like pink, so that was out. I found this Mona Luna – Wanderlust Wild Horses fabric in lawn. It is a beautiful mix of realistic but not childish print. The colors were just perfect. Honestly, it reminded me of a song my sister and I used to sing when we were little, Wayne Watson’s Water Color Ponies. We didn’t know what the song was talking about back then, but it had the word pony in it so obviously, my sister liked it. Now that I am older I completely understand the meaning and makes it even more special.
My sister really likes plaid, but I just couldn’t find a printed plaid that I really liked, so I found a pattern that had a plaid-type look to it. Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting created a great series of free patterns called the #giantblocktutorial and the January block makes a great plaid look. Make sure to jump over there and download them all! Really easy and quick to assemble quilts because the pieces are huge.
I used Kona Solids for the front of the quilt to keep it from becoming too busy with the pattern. I used Quilters Dream wool batting to give it a soft flexible drape. With the wool batting and lawn backing, it is really soft and cuddly. I like wider binding even if it cuts off some points on the front of the quilt. I cut my binding in 3″ strips, and iron it in half before sewing it down. I machine stitched the binding to the front and then used a big stitch to tack it down on the back. I used a white pearl cotton number 08 and an embroidery needle for the big stitch look.
I had made many labels back when I lived in Colorado on Spoonflower, and I am not going to waste them! I added a little personalization with some hand embroidery and put Neva’s name and birthday on there. It just adds a sweet touch to it, and helps to lessen the “commercial branding” as my brother puts it. My dogs love when I work on hand quilting because they get to snuggle up under it while I work, which they think is the perfect way to chill.
I kept the quilting to a minimum to keep it light and fluffy. This quilt maxed out my long arm frame, so I did the horizontal quilting on the long arm, and then took it over to my machine and did a set of diagonal quilting to follow the on-point blocks. This quilt turned out to be approx 68×68, so it is a generously sized baby quilt, but perfect for snuggling.
And here is Neva smiling away at the fan on her quilt.
But, baby, what will we do
When it comes back to me an you?
They look a little less
Like little boys every day
Oh, the pleasure of watching
The children growing
Is mixed with a bitter cup
Of knowing the watercolour ponies
Will one day ride away
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