I bought a bundle of beautiful batik fat quarters from Kaleidoscope when I was at the Festival Of Quilts a few weeks ago, in shades of turquoise and teal, as I had a very special project in mind. My daughter was going to be 21 and I wanted to make her a special quilt for her birthday. I decided to use a simple pattern for the quilt design as I needed to make a quilt top that was quick to piece together. "Turning Twenty" by Tricia Cribbs was the perfect choice of pattern...
...this quilt top pieced together really quickly, and is a great quilt to make to showcase gorgeous fabrics like these batiks (my regular blog followers will know that I've made quite a few of these "Turning Twenty" quilts!) As you can see, it was quite a blustery day when I did this photo-shoot...
...once this was pieced together, it was taken to Janette at J-quilts to turn it into a fabulous quilt - and she certainly did an excellent job! My daughter loves dragonflies, so "Dragonfly Pond" seemed the perfect quilting design for this one. The backing fabric was an extra-wide Moda fabric (this was from the Shangri-La collection by 3 Sisters for Moda) that had been in my stash for simply ages, and was the perfect colour. How spooky is that! Unfortunately the batik fabric that I'd ordered from Kaleidoscope for the binding didn't arrive in time (so much for ordering Priority Post - 5 days later and I was still waiting - I won't order from that company again if I need fabric urgently!) but luckily there was just enough fabric left over from the backing to make the binding too...
...I was so pleased to be able to get this finished in time for my daughter's special day, although I did burn a lot of midnight oil getting the binding finished! Alice really was thrilled with it, and that made me a very happy mummy :) Thank you SO much Janette - your quilting was superb as always!
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