Whew...it has been a long journey for this quilt. The planning for this quilt started in early June. A dear friend asked me to make a quilt for her soon-to-be-born niece and I quickly accepted the job because I had been eager for an excuse to try out the Arkansas Traveler pattern. Once I had all my fabric, I started cutting in mid-July and finished piecing towards the end of August. I'm so thankful I had a productive Labor Day holiday to finally finish the backing, basting, quilting and binding for this quilt. The recipient has already been born (5 weeks early!!!) and is eagerly awaiting her quilt. So without further adieu, here it is!
The colors are so bright and vibrant. The pattern gives off a scrappy vibe, which I LOVE and really compliments all theses fabrics together. For the quilting, I echoed around the outside of each diamond shape creating a cool star pattern. I also placed diagonal lines right through the center of each diamond all the way through the quilt. The backing really shows off the quilting design.
The main backing fabric is out of the Carnaby Street collection and can be found in the Arkansas Traveler blocks on the front. I used up the scraps left over from the diamonds by sewing them together and placing them vertically on the back. This really adds a point of interest to the backing. I also used one of the pink fabrics for the initial to help tie it all together.
This was my introduction to paper-piecing and I may be taking a break from anything paper for a while. I LOVE the final results, but I'm not sure I loved the sewing fabric to paper to just rip it all off. I felt like there was a lot of waste involved...paper, fabric and time. I'm more of a regular piecing kind of gal...at least for now.
I will be placing this quilt into a box in a few days and saying my farewells. I know it will have a wonderful home and I will have my pictures to remember the journey we embarked on together.