Polka dots and flannel baby quilt

Today I have a quick little project that turned out great: IMG_3753

The brown fabric was a heavy cotton that's been in my stash for a while; originally it was going to be a skirt, but there wasn't quite enough of it to go around. The flannel baby print was a remnant that I picked up on sale somewhere. I've been trying to evaluate my fabric stash and use up the odds and ends to make room, and I have no idea why I didn't see that these two would be perfect together sooner.

I wanted a quick project and didn't particularly want to hand bind (I'm hand stitching a lot of the Hexie quilt so I'm a bit on overload as far as hand sewing goes), so I just sewed the pieces together with the right sides together and quilt batting on one side, then turned it right side out through a little gap.  I topstitched with Mettler thread in a dark chocolate color, and I'm really happy with how even and straight my walking foot is getting my stitches these days.

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Here's the part I'm really excited about, though: I've been practicing my free motioning (I've been doing a bunch of tutorials from Leah Day over at the Free Motion Quilting Project, but I haven't been brave enough to show any yet!) and I decided to free form letters on this one. I used my darning foot to write "love" in cursive a few times, and it turned out really cute.

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It's harder to see in this one, but this is how it looks full length.

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You can't really see it at all on the back, but that's okay since the writing would be backwards :P.

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I think next time I'll do smaller writing closer together, so that it's a little more densely quilted, but it worked out well for an experiment! If you like it, this quilt is available in my Etsy store :).

And since it's been a while, here's Penny the bunny hopping over to give it her sniff of approval :).

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