Monday, 8 May 2017

Peppermint Bark {a finished quilt}

April was a pretty busy month for me - my son turned 10, we had school holidays for a few weeks, plus throw in Easter, work and me learning how to use a longarm. Let's just say it was a full month! Nevertheless I managed to finish a few small projects, and I'm excited to be able to share one of these with you today. This is my version of the Peppermint Bark quilt, a brand new quilt pattern by It's Sew Emma for Fat Quarter Shop. 

I made the crib-sized version of this quilt - and although I don't have any baby girls to give it to, it's the perfect playmat for my daughter to use when she's playing with her Sylvanian toys. I used a few prints by Sarah Jane I've been hoarding for ages (along with a Joel Dewberry herringbone print), and chose a grey solid for the background. I deliberately chose a solid, as I knew I wanted to have some fun with the quilting on this one, and solids are awesome for showing up complex free motion quilting. It's a great pattern for small and medium scale prints - and these blocks sew together really fast.

I used two layers of wool batting for this quilt, which is why there's that awesome puff in the unquilted areas. I love using two layers on small quilts, especially if the intention is that they're going to be used on the floor. Not only does it mean the quilting shows up wonderfully, it also means it's super comfy for kids to sit on while they're playing. All the quilting is done in my favorite 50wt Aurifil thread - Dove (2600). It has blended flawlessly into the grey solid, and just leaves all that lovely texture.

The back of this is a border print by Sarah Jane, so it's pretty much a double sided quilt. I'm quite certain my daughter will end up using this side for her games (she has been asking for a playmat with water and grass on it for some time - I think this fits the bill pretty well!)

I'll be back later this week with some very exciting news - and I'll have another finish to share next week (I just need to get the binding on it!).

xx Jess


Barb Neiwert said...

I love your quilting on this quilt! Such a fun way to fill in that negative space. And the wool batting really makes the pieced blocks pop! :)

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Absolutely a double sided quilt! Your quilting really helps the blocks to shine.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a beautiful quilt and that backing is awesome! Your quilting really sets off the blocks!

Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

Oooh - I love the backing almost more than the front! Well done on the quilting. It's just beautiful.

Laura Links said...

So gorgeous! As always! And I love how you used this line of fabric, including the back!

Carole @ Fresh off the Frame said...

Fun quilt, all around! Great quilting, pretty top, and a playful back as requested - a big win!

Louise said...

What a darling quilt! I love the idea of using double batting for a play mat. I have one ready to be basted, and I'm going to try that. Thanks for the inspiration :)

KaHolly said...

This is really pretty! I just love the quilting!

Marsha Hodgkins said...

Beautiful quilting on side one; love the 'poof". I think, however, that I love the back even more. What a gorgeous fabric with the children playing in the field on both edges. The quilting looks fabulous there too!

Karen said...

You are one brave woman to give this gorgeous quilt to a munchkin to drag around and play on ;) I love every inch of both sides of this quilt--wish I could run my hands over it and feel all that quilting and those puffy parts! And Sylvanian toys? Didn't know these were even a thing. Someday there will be a grandchild. . .(say my newlywed daughter and son-in-law)

Esther Dunn said...

Love your choice of quilting design!

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