To celebrate the arrival of the new year, there will be a sale at my zest4colour shop from the 1st till the 15th of January.
With coupon code "welcome2012", you get a 10% discount on all items in the shop.
Here it is, the finished baby quilt I told you about in this post. It took me far longer than I had expected to finish it. And of course - just in case my family was reading this blog - I couldn't show you the final result before I presented the quilt to my niece. About the finishing touches: I found inspiration in this book:
I used the pattern of this little bird, I just reduced the size:
Here is my bird:
I machine embroidered all around the body and wing and hand -embroidered the eye, beak and legs.
As another detail, I took a bird image from "Wing study in pastille" from the Botanika collection from Paula Prass.
I decided to use freehand quilting for the off-white cotton around the blocks. My Bernina machine was very happy to do all the stitching for me using the BSR foot. I just had to guide her? all the way. This quilting made the coloured blocks come forward. Have a look:
This freehand quilting also gave a gorgeous pattern on the back. Look:
I added a Zest4colour label
and finished the quilt by hand-quilting the binding to the back of the quilt, this way:
I used a lovely DMC pearl cotton tapestry thread to do this. Here are some final pictures:
I can humbly say that this quilt was a big success at our family gathering for Christmas.