Everleigh’s grandmother, Karin, is one of my best friends. Everleigh was born on October 21, 2015, though she wasn’t due for another month. It took weeks before she was released from the hospital to come home. She now wonderfully healthy and happy, thank goodness!
Though I’m a novice quilter, I really wanted to gift my friend’s fighter of a granddaughter with a quilt. (Through this earlier WIP post, you can see the progress I made on this fun quilt).
I chose to combine some left over Brenda Riddle Acorn Quilts Ambleside fabric by Moda from my Twisted Pinwheel Quilt top (still a WIP!) and fat quarters of Riley Blake’s Sweet Baby Girl for both the Dresden plates and the inner border. The background and outside border are Kona white fabric.
Because I made the plates a bit too small, I tweaked the pattern a bit. Though it no longer looked like a sun rising through a window pane, I still like the design I ended up with. I can honestly say I fell in love with making Dresden Plates!
Inspired by Katie’s beautiful machine quilting on HER first Dresden plate project, I chose to use my dual feed foot to echo quilt around the Dresden Plates until they met in the center, then radiate outward toward the borders.
I did a simple “X” through each border block of fabric, then I used my “loop” stencil from Full Line Stencil in the outer border so I could (gulp!!!) finally try my hand at FMG.
The next decision was to machine or hand stitch the binding. I chose hand stitching, and I’m soooo glad I did!
Though it took me a bit longer than I had wished, I finished Everleigh’s quilt on Tuesday!
Oh, FYI….Years ago, I made that adorable teddy bear from a pattern by Carol’s Zoo. Yes, he’s a permanent fixture here at home!
Have a wonderful weekend my friends!
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