A dear friend is expecting her first grandchild any day now. I wanted to make a quilt for the baby, but wanted to use up some of my scraps. I found plenty in my chosen colors of gray pink and turquoise.
Not being one to follow a pattern, I just jumped in and started making little nine patch blocks from 2 1/2 inch squares. To bring some unity to the blocks, I used a white square in the center of each. I pieced the blocks with more white Kona sashing, adding a wide strip on which I'd embroidered (by machine) the baby's name.
Here's the finished product.
I wish I'd taken some closeups, because the quilting is hard to see... I quilted pebbles using white Aurifil everywhere you see white. The rest was left unquilted. The quilt is bound in a tiny gray chevron and backed with a pink print.
I also forgot to take a picture of the back, and now the quilt is no longer with me! I will confess, however, that I wasn't nearly as happy with the appearance of the back as I was with the front. In my attempt to add lots of texture, I quilted around each pebble 3-4 times. It looks a little messy on the back.
What did I learn with this quilt? First, pebbling is VERY time- and thread-consuming! Next, I still have lots of work to do on accurate piecing. (But thankfully, the heavy quilting hides a multitude of sins!) I learned it might be a good idea to match bobbin thread to backing fabric when doing heavy quilting like pebbling. Lastly, I learned that I LOVE PEBBLING!!! Can't wait to do more!