This quilt is one of the most freeing quilts I have ever made. The last scrap quilt I made like this was Sedona, and I miss that one so much. Most of the time, I begin an original quilt design in my sketch book. This time, I designed a quilt based on a color scheme (that of Francis Newcombe's Utopia from Art Gallery).
First, I decided to try making diamonds, aided by my new Hex N More ruler from Jaybird Quilts. Then, victorious, I cut solids to surround them with for a "pop." I dug into my scrap bins for like colors, because I know Camryn loves rainbow color schemes (apparently she takes after her aunt). I wanted the scraps to lay out like waves across the quilt. Hopefully, Camryn will enjoy playing "I Spy" with the scraps. There are even a few moose on there, which I found quite funny, since they live in Maine. See, by the white flowers?:
I thought long and hard about the quilting. I considered quilting the diamonds and their frames densely, surrounded by organic waves. Then, I had the urge to quilt each section differently just because I love to free motion quilt (and goodness, after this crazy December, I deserved some fun!). And so it was that I embarked on that quest with my trusty light gray Aurifil 50 weight thread: spirals, rainbows, large pebbles, woodgrain, and random squares. The diamonds are done in square spirals. Fast and effective. I quilted the whole thing in two days because it had to be done today!
Every rainbow needs some sparkle, right? This metallic Netorious binding from Cotton and Steel was the perfect shade of gray. I want, like, bolts and bolts of this print. You can see a peek of the backing: a light Art Gallery print I had several yards of on hand. We didn't get a great picture of it because it was so windy this morning!
I forgot to snap a picture of it, but I also quilted her name with a tiny heart into the green section. When I showed her, she said, "Camyrn! With a heart!" And this is why I quilt. I'm also pleased that she and her sister call them "quilts" and not "blankets." :D I'm so in love with this quilt and her reaction. Hopefully I'll get to see it many times in the future. Keeping quilts in the family is the way to go. :) I'm unapologetic and selfish about this notion.
Camryn also received a tote bag from Christmas; she'll use it for her dance class. As I've said before, I'm more than happy to gift handmade, but I must admit I'm relieved that holiday gift sewing is done as of today!