I’ve sort of set a personal goal this year of completing one quilt top a month (on average). So far, I’m actually on track to make that happen. Putting together a couple of lap quilts to give as end-of-the-year gifts certainly helped.
I don’t usually go this big for teacher gifts but this was Miss L’s first year in elementary school and we just love her teacher and parapro. L told me her their favorite colors are pink and purple, respectively, so I went with these:
I used a bunch of Gypsy Bandanna fabrics mixed with some Lakehouse to make a modified version (I added borders) of Darlene Zimmerman’s Easy Does It quilt. This is one of those fast to cut, fast to piece kind of quilts that I love. I cut it out and assembled the top in a couple of hours.
The other quilt uses Joel Dewberry’s Aviary 2 line and a pattern I found in a magazine (as soon as I can find it, I’ll update this post with the info). I am just crazy about this fabric and wanted to play with even more of it. This was only my second time setting blocks on point and I was thrilled that I did not cut off any of my points this time!
I used white Kona to back both quilts, in part to keep down the cost and also because I was crunched for time. I did add a wide stripe of the border fabric to the middle of the Easy Does It quilt because it needed to be a little bit wider.
I also machine sewed the binding. I was literally finishing the quilts the night before school ended so hand sewing was not even an option. Sarah suggested using a decorative machine stitch so I used a small floral stitch for the pink quilt and a big-and-small triangle for the purple quilt. The quilting looks fabulous but all the credit for that goes to Regina Carter, who did the longarm quilting for me. The finishing touch was having Miss L sign her name on the backs.