I made this quilt a couple of years ago for a sweet little boy. I have been good friends with his mom since I was in college, but we don't get to see each other often. When I ended up with the opportunity to go to Texas to visit her, I really wanted to take a quilt along for her son. Since it was short notice, I decided a jelly roll race was in order.
I wanted something really bright and fun that he would be happy to continue using as he got older. I went with a Simple Marks Summer jelly roll by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda. The backing fabric came from that same line. I can't remember what the binding fabric is, but it's one of my favorite bindings I have made.
I made this quilt before I had my longarm, so I free motion quilted it on my domestic machine. I decided to do all over loops for a quick design that would add a lot of texture. It was the first time I quilted loops on anything, and I fell in love with them. To this day, loops are one of my favorite quilting designs.
For the label, I put a framed triangle in the corner of the quilt. I'm a huge fan of doing labels this way because I only have to hand stitch one side - the other two sides get sewn on by machine with the binding. I cut the binding on the bias, and I really like the way it created the look of random stripes going around the quilt.
I did manage to finish this quilt in time to take it with me on that trip to Texas. I had a marvelous time reconnecting with Joy and meeting Hosea. He spent a good part of the week dragging his quilt all through the house. At one point, he decided that he needed a bed in his firetruck tent, and what better to use than his new quilt? Looking at this picture, it's hard to believe my little man is going to be five years old in just a few short months. I hope I get to see them again soon.