Wow. Time flies, right? Although probably not for Holly...
Anyway. I wanted something that I wanted, not necessarily what Holly wanted. Which makes me sound like a horrible person, but she did say she didn't mind what I picked, and I know from experience that sewing for three months on fabric that I hate sucks, so I took her whatever you love, I'll love and ran with it.
I ordered a layer cake bc that's just so much easier than yardage, and went with my go-to Easy Bake pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. Southern Fabrics layer cakes are different bc she makes them herself (so awesome!!! You can get just about ANY collection as a layer cake!!!) so there were only 20 squares a pack, instead of the standard 42. So I went with two layer cakes, plus a yard of my favorite print from the collection and then a yard of another print for the binding. I had enough for a regular layer cake, but Baby B's was going to end up smaller, so I sized Baby A's down to match. I can't play favorites too much ;)
Then it was cut squares, sew together, cut again, sew together again, sew squares into big squares, sew big squares into rows, then viola!! Quilt top.
Minky Cuddle 3 (my favorite of all the minky) in watermelon. Throw my favorite flannel sheet in the middle for batting and baste the hell out of it with spray bc my thumbs hurt from basting the Minecraft quilts.
Then I quilted diagonal lines thru every square and took the lines all the way from end to end. And remembered why I don't like spray basting. This has quite a few puckers. Frowny face emoji.
It was SO FUN to quilt, and I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out. All those X's!!! So rad. Then attached the binding using my go-to tutorial, washed and dried it twice, and we were donezo.
This one (and Baby B's) ended up being about 48 inches square. Big enough to not be useless (I hope) and small enough for a kid to drag around. I've got a few quilts of my own that are just a tad to big to comfortably drag from room to room, if that makes any sense. It's also a perfect size because you can get away with 1.5 yards of minky just about EXACTLY.
And simultaneously, I was working on Baby B's quilt.
Geometric Bliss in the Pinkest Angles colorway, although the Turquoise Angle was just as gorgeous (if not moreso) but she didn't have any layer cakes available. And she doesn't have ANY now, so that sort of sucks if you wanted to do one. AGF always does things 'limited' which I guess is good for business, but sort of sucks if you're late to the game. I guess try etsy?
Anyway, same story, two layer cakes, plus an extra yard of spherical buds (no longer carried) and a yard of vertex tulips in mint for the binding (also no longer there :( )
Because this collection lent (lended?) itself perfectly to a Plus Quilt, that's what I went with. That's why they both had to be smaller, the math is all weird when you get into laying out the plusses. Anyway, I cut each layer cake into five inch charms, then laid it out on my wall and played around till it looked good. Then the usual: sew rows, sew rows together, viola- quilt top.
Then came the nightmare of trying to match for the backing. I wanted a mint green to match the mint green in the quilt, although in hindsight that wasn't the best idea since the binding was mint. Hindsight. Anyway, I tried FIVE different swatches, and none of them worked!! FIVE!!! Ugh. So I ended up going with purple, which is fine and looks decent blah blah blah- I just don't like purple. And the fact that I wanted mint and tried five different shades and none of them worked just really pissed me off so every time I sat down with it, I got irrationally angry and threw a hissy fit and texted the girls and cried.
Not my finest moment.
I basted it with pins and seriously- that's just better. SO much better. I mean, I'm not saying there aren't any puckers. LOL. There's ALWAYS puckers. But pinning it just works better. I should quit being so lazy.
Despite my hatred, I eventually dominated that quilt. Showed her who was boss. I quilted a quarter inch on either side of every seam, mindless easy quilting that went SUPER fast but still looks so good on a Plus Quilt.
They really are my favorite. I love the way backs of plus quilts look.
Washed and dried it twice to make sure the stitches would hold up to plenty of use, and then it was finally done!! I gotta admit, it was worth it- this one is GORGEOUS. It's different than Baby A's, but there is just something about a plus quilt. Am I right?!
Now I've just got to get them in the mail and wait for those adorable babies to vacate the premise and get all snuggled up in them. I am SO EXCITED!!!
Linking up with Sew Can She for Show off Saturday and Quarter Inch From the Edge for TGIFF and A Quilted Passion.