This was a very exciting quilt for me because it was the first quilt somebody paid me to make! Charles wanted a quilt to give his baby girl, Alyssa. He picked the colors (mostly purple, with green, pink, and white accents) and left the rest up to me. I never would have picked this color combination, but I absolutely love it. I think it's beautiful. Well done, Charles!
The pattern is based off of Denyse Schmidt's "What a bunch of squares" quilt pattern in her book. But I was kind of proud of myself for not actually following the pattern at all. She provides templates and measurements and I ignored all of them! I just made blocks in that style, adjusting them as I needed in order to get the look I wanted.
Good purple fabric is hard to find, so I kept it simple by just using one great Joel Dewberry print on the front (and a coordinating one on the back/binding). I mixed up the pinks and greens, but I like the simplicity of one dominant print in the quilt.
I actually didn't order enough of this print to cover the back, but I ordered twice as much as I needed for another quilt I was working on. As long as I make stupid math mistakes in complementary fashion, I'm fine with it. I used a strip of the other quilt's extra backing to fill out this one. Lucky for me the colors worked! The pink strip is flannel so it adds a nice soft texture.
I quilted it simply, outlining the squares. (As a side note, I wash all of my quilts before sending them away, mostly because my cats think an unfinished quilt is a perfect bed, but also because they way they crinkle after washing is divine.)
Tied up with a ribbon and ready to go.