I technically finished this quilt before midnight, but as I didn't pull it out of the dryer until 1/1, I'm counting it as the first finish of 2012. Big thanks to the ladies of the Peace Circle of do. Good Stitches for putting these blocks together. I gave them this for color inspiration (from Design Seeds):
And the Scrappy Triangles tutorial from Ashley/Film in the Fridge. This is a fun block and a great way to bust through some scraps! The Peace Circle sends quilts to My Very Own Blanket (an organization that provides quilts for children in foster care), and I thought this combination would make a sophisticated quilt for an older girl.
The quilt top came out a little small and squarish, so I added some strips to the top and bottom. I think these strips add to the preppy vibe of the quilt.
I'm a big fan of Megan's wavy organic quilting, so I gave it a try on this quilt (she gives instructions here). I admit I struggled with this a little at first--I was worried that my lines might not look organic enough and instead would just look like I can't sew in a straight line (insecurities, anyone?). I kind of exaggerated the waves, and I LOVE the finished look! I think it goes nicely with the nautical feel of this quilt.
For the back, I used this zinnia print from the Flights of Fancy line by Paula Prass that I had been
I used Kona Grass for the binding, and I gave Rachel's Zig-Zag Binding Tutorial a try for the first time. There are a few rough spots, but overall I'm happy with it!
Big thanks to my Peace Circle friends for helping with this quilt!
I can't wait to send it off to its new home.