Saturday, February 4, 2017
Wintermint Snowflakes baby quilt
Our winter this year is rather fickle, with 70 degree sunny days alternating with 40 degree weather. The south may be confused, but I'm pretty sure it's still winter. Well, I'm making my own snow this year - minty, sparkly, patchwork snow!
My Wintermint Snowflakes is a baby quilt about 40" square. I thought it would be nice to try The Warm Company's new 100% cotton, low loft batting called 100 Warm. It has the same feel as my staple batting, Warm & Natural. In fact, they feel so similar that I'll be able to mix those batting scraps in my next quilt-as-you-go project. Of course, the difference is that 100 Warm has no synthetic fibers for stabilization. Instead it is the only batting I know of with a 100% cotton scrim.
I chose to hand tie this quilt with thick, cream Aurifil thread. There are 9 ties per block and 3 knots per tie, which figures to, let's see... 432 knots! I wanted to tie the quilt to keep it soft and supple, but as an added benefit tying made the finishing process quite portable. This week, while baby Rora was drifting off to sleep, I'd often be sitting just out of her eyesight, tying this quilt.
And the finish! Silver and gold snowflakes in a wintry mint sky. This snowflake block design is one of many sweet blocks from The Penny Sampler. Those sewing along with the sampler this year will find the snowflake in Section 2: Precise Piecing.
My mint fabrics include solids and text, snowflakes and herringbone most all from Fat Quarter Shop. I have some leftover Netorioius in Cloud and Netorious in Goldilocks to glitz up some other project too.
For the back I used a large piece of Jade Labyrinth by Anna Maria Horner and three scraps from the quilt top along the bottom.
So the back sports snowflakes and rain drops too! Bound in silvery Netorious and listed in my shop this evening.
It's such a treat to get to bring creative fantasies like this quilt to life. Thank you for sharing this space with me and making such things possible!