Once upon a time, I felt guilty about using quilt kits. But after time and time again realizing the most stressful part of quiltmaking (and the part I tend to mess up the most) is fabric selection, I've come to terms with the fact that it's totally okay to let other people take care of this for me! Where I'll make it uniquely mine is in the quilting.
This quilt was fairly straightforward to piece, using 2 charm packs and some background fabric. As much as I love prints, it was really the solid fabrics used in this quilt that initially drew me to it. And solid fabrics are such a blast to quilt, because it really shows off the quilting! I did some piano keys in the borders and some alternating linear designs in the body of the quilt.
But my main goal in quilting this was to practice the ferny design, which is something I learned in Angela Walters's classes but haven't been brave enough to do until now. But I think it turned out well! It took some time for me to "get" this design (I did a lot of sketching) but once I did, it is surprisingly fast and forgiving. It's got a lot of movement, and I'm so happy to finally add this to my quilting toolbox!
Between the rows with the ferny design, I quilted a variety of linear designs. My favorite is definitely ribbon candies. I really struggled with that design when I first tried it, which explains why it's one of my favorites now that I've figured it out.
And of course, I love to show the back of the quilt. I used a solid blue for the backing, which fits the Lakeshore theme pretty well! I always match thread on the front whenever possible, but I love how the design shows on the back of the quilt so vividly.
This quilt is going to my 2 year old son. Good thing I quilted it so heavily!