I started this quilt back in August or September, for my friend Liz. I had every intention of getting it done before I left the States, and then I got super busy saying goodbye to everyone so I didn’t get it done. Then I had every intention of getting it done during Mark’s 2 weeks off after he got back from the deployment in October, but I was enjoying my time with him after not seeing him for 6.5 months and I didn’t work on the quilt at all. Then I made it my goal to finish it before Ben was born (due mid-Dec), and that just didn’t happen either. I did try to stipple quilt it while Mark was on his 10 day paternity leave. I got the whole thing done and then turned it over and the back of the quilt had little “rats nests” all over it where the thread had come out too much. It looked horrible, so I spent the rest of his paternity leave with my seam ripper taking all of that stitching out. After his paternity leave was over, I didn’t work on it at all because I was learning to keep my head above water with 2 kids.
So when we decided that everyone was coming back to the States for Mark’s SOS course, I knew I had to get it done before we left. Liz’s baby was almost 6 months old at that point… So I buckled down and managed to finish it and get it mailed before we can back to the States. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. It was a very easy pattern and the top came together really quickly. It just took me forever to actually quilt it. Again, it’s not perfect, but I’m still pretty new at quilting. Finishing it up made me miss sewing. Too bad I wasn’t able to bring my machine back to the States with me. I would have had a lot of time to work on my quilting while we’re here. Oh well. I’ve taken up trying to run instead.
I love the owl fabric I used in this. It’s bright and colorful – my favorite type of fabric. I wasn’t positive Liz was having a girl when I started this, but I took my chances with the pink and it worked out in the end. And luckily it’s a pretty good sized quilt for a baby quilt so she should still get lots of use out of it, even though she’s half a year old.
Thanks for all your advice and help and support during my bout with GD, Liz! You were more helpful than anyone in Italy, even from across the ocean! Hope you enjoy the quilt!