I am so glad I've finally finished this project. The patchwork went so swimmingly, and then I had to muck it all up by impulsively deciding to free motion quilt the entire thing, even though I've only attempted free motion ONCE before. I don't think I'll be doing it again!! My thread broke every 5 minutes, I couldn't get the tension right, my stitch lengths are all over the place, and the completed quilt feels very stiff and - I don't know - wobbly?? I'm sure that after it's been used and washed a half dozen times it will start to soften up, but I think this is my last foray into free motion for a while! Back to my comfort zone of straight lines and walking foot from now on!
Anyway, this is for a friend of mine who is due with her second baby any day now. She doesn't know the sex of the baby (very inconsiderate, I think, LOL) so I had to try and make it quite gender-neutral. She's also a sewer so she will definitely appreciate the work that has gone into it!
Oh and I failed to mention that this quilt took me FOUR WEEKS to make, in fits and starts while Miss Two-and-a-half was at preschool and while Master 10 months was down for a nap. Everybody told me crafting with two kids was going to be difficult but darn it, I am determined!! :)
Edited to add: I ended up throwing it in the machine and dryer (thanks to my darling daughter who walked all over it with dirty shoes - my fault for leaving it out!) and it came out really quite soft. I was a bit worried about it being too stiff so very pleased with this!