The first of two quilts I made as gifts for Becket's preschool teachers.
I LOVE this shoo fly block. And it's even more fun making large and small ones. Each of the big blocks are about 32" square.
All prints are the lovely, new DS Quilts, with one KJR tossed in. I needed a solidish blue to balance my small set of four.
The neutral areas are linen. The darker is a heavy, natural linen. The lighter is a cotton/linen blend. Although easier to work with the blend for quilting, I actually preferred the heavy, 100% linen after it was washed up.
These are some of Becket's favorite prints, and it was hard to get him to let me use them! Once I told him they were for his teacher, he was happy about that (didn't tell him too early, as I don't trust his secret-keeping skills).
Although, as I would cut large sections for the big blocks, he would look over what was left to make sure I didn't use TOO much. You should have seen him when we were at the store buying it in the first place. He kept telling the lady that we had to buy the WHOLE bolt. I didn't, but talk about an enabler!
That blue and red print on the back is his very favorite. His teacher guessed it right - it's because it reminds him of Hawaii.
I used some of the wonderful pearl bracelet for my label. Such a fun way to label.
Deciding on the quilting took me a long time. I thought about it, stared at it. I felt the quilt needed just a little more contrast between the prints and the linen sections, so didn't want to all-over stipple. I considered straight lines around the inside of the shoo fly shapes, but decided that would be too much quilt turning. NOT a fan of quilt turning. As it was, I did end up pushing it through my machine WAY more times than was fun. But it turned out so worth the effort.
I love stipple quilting and it's just about my favorite part of the process. I feel like it's meditative with a little thrill tossed in! Straight line quilting - not so much. But it looks so good - especially against other organic shapes.
I stippled the prints, straight lines in all the linen. Becket loved what he called the 'pyramid' quilting.
He's known for his love or symmetry and creating with it in detail....a couple pictures his teachers took:
and from the top