I am so happy to be able to share the first completed sewing project for my upcoming trip to Ecuador. I made this quilt for Valeria, my mother’s sponsored child who I first met in 2013. For the pattern, I altered the swoon quilt pattern by Thimble Blossoms (which I have been swooning over for years).
I used the fabric line April Showers by Bonnie & Camille. I only had a jelly roll and partial charm pack of the fabric, so I adjusted the pattern sizes to fit what was in my stash. For anyone else wanting to do this, the HST squares measured 2.5″ the solid squares ended up being 2″ and the rectangles ended up being 2″ x 3.5″. It took 1 jellyroll of printed fabric, ! charm square of printed fabric, and 1 jellyroll plus 4 strips of background fabric. I used 1 jellyroll strip and 1 charm square of 2 different prints and 1.25 strips of background fabric for each block.
For the Center Focus Block, I switched the colored center square for background fabric and then embroidered Valeria’s name with a crown. I quilted along the sashing and around each of the swoon stars. I also double-batted this quilt, since Valeria lives in the highlands of Ecuador where it can get quite chilly at night. I love this fabric, but I was concerned that the quilt would be too Christmas-y – but, when it was finished I was pleasantly surprised. The blues and yellows really balance out all the reds a greens. (But seriously, if you’re looking for a cute Christmas quilt, you should try a swoon with just the reds, grays, and greens from this line).
For the back of the quilt I used a vintage sheet from my fabric stash that brought out the yellows in the fabrics. I love using sheets as backings – mainly because it’s so much easier than piecing a back.
But, wouldn’t you know it, I did have to piece the corner on this one since I cut the sheet a tad bit short. Nothing a scrap piece and label can’t fix. I bound the quilt using a wide red bias tape. I cannot wait to give this to Valeria! I’ll be sharing more about the other quilts I’m sewing for this trip and the duffel bag that I’m creating to match this beautiful quilt in the next couple of weeks. My plan is to sew one quilt and one duffel bag per sponsored child I’m visiting.
Do you have any completed projects that you’re excited about?