Second Finish of the Year

My second completed project of the year is this baby quilt:

Malachi's quilt 1.2016
Malachi’s Quilt, 42″ Square

Most of the fabrics are from the Migration line by Michael Miller, featuring slightly abstract giraffes and pineapples in shades of blue, aqua, and charcoal. The line also included some blenders and an irregular striped fabric, which I cut on the bias for the binding. I just love the way the bias binding frames the quilt:

Malachi's quilt, detail of binding
Bias Binding

Sherry Wadley quilted this for me. We chose an edge-to-edge motif that beautifully echoes the spiky tops of the pineapples and the trees:

Malachi's quilt, quilting detail 1.2016
The Perfect Quilting Motif

Leftover strips of fabric went on the pieced back (including the leftover bias binding strips) :

malachi's quilt, back 1.2016
Scrappy Back

The label is on now, and the quilt is being washed and dried as I write this, not only to assure that it’s clean but also to give it that wonderfully crinkled look that quilts only get when they’ve been laundered.

Malachi, for whom this quilt was made, is no longer a baby; he is a toddler. Now that he’s walking, it would please me enormously if he is allowed to drag his quilt anywhere he wants. It was made to be used and loved.

Linking up with Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation on NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday).




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3 Responses to Second Finish of the Year

  1. Vickie says:

    You are a hurricane! Please note that I believe that is a good thing. Look at you, month one and two finishes! The quilting does a nice job echoing the trees and the pineapples. Love your binding and the black fabric, it makes me laugh because it looks like some poorly drawn chalk squares much like a certain teacher I know who can remain nameless. Malachi is going to love his quilt!

  2. Jeanne says:

    Beautiful! I like the stitching motif.
    Malachi will love it. What fun to grow up with those giraffes to look at. I remember fingering the quilt my grandma made me when I was little.

  3. Virginia Hammon says:

    You’re an inspiration! (I had to reframe that…first thought was that you were ‘putting me to shame’ :-))

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