Anyway, I blew a gift card a while back on a couple books that had just come out. One was Amy Smart's Fabulously Fast Quilts. I'm really pleased with that decision, because a week later I realized that I had nothing to send a friend for their baby shower. And this Buzz-saw pattern was one of my favorite sneaky short cuts in the book, so perfect time to try it out.
I absolutely loved this pattern. I had all the blocks sewn up in a day, plus some extras that I decided to cut out. Day two, was putting them all together and making binding. And the quilting was a short evening of sewing with friends. I used a new quilting pattern, a squared loop, which is perfect with the graph paper print.
This also turned out to be a great idea I had, because this fabric is the softest, most buttery, heaven to work with fabric. It presses so well, and crinkled into the cuddliest quilt. I really want to buy all Birch and clothe myself in it. (for real guys.)
One of the most fun parts was making the label. I knew, as a baby quilt, this would get washed a hundred times, and a fabric marker might fade or bleed. And since I'm not usually a label person, I got really nervous that whatever I picked would be the wrong marker, and again, had no time for testing every marker in the store.
So, I just decided to pull out the embroidery floss and stitched up a label. I absolutely love it, because I got to color-match my thread to the fabric. And, I'm pretty sure that the floss will lose it's color about the same time as the fabric disintegrates.
This quilt did make it to the shower, and with a few days to spare. It has yet to meet it's owner, but I know it will be loved.
Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday and Lorna for TGIFF!