Wednesday, November 9, 2011

French Quilt: Finished

It took me a while to finish this one, but I am proud to say that this quilt was my first attempt at the pieced back. It turned out quite well if I may say so myself :) This quilt was a present for my mom for her 50th birthday. The pattern was from this book, but I made it smaller. I used 1 charm pack and 1 jelly roll of Pom Pom de Paris by French General for Moda Fabrics. So without further ado, here it is:

This is the front

This is the back

The backing was made by taking the leftover jelly roll pieces and sewing them all together, 6 strips at a time. I squared the resulting blocks to be about 12" in length and pieced them all together. I attached a bella white fabric (same as used on the front) to top and bottom. Then I attached the backing fabric on either side of my strip. It definitely took much longer to make, but I like the way it looks. One thing I learned though was to not quilt parallel to the white strips. It ended up looking a bit off because the backing strip was not perfectly aligned to the front.

The batting I used is woolen. I was nervous when we washed it for the first time, but it was ok, it shrunk just enough to give the quilt the desired crinkly look.

My mom really liked the quilt when she received it. It will hopefully keep her warm through the winter months.