At last--ta da!--here's a finished project. I've shown a couple hints of this one on Facebook, but was keeping it under wraps until it arrived at its destination on Vancouver Island, at the home of a very new little person named Oden.
The pattern is Winding Ways or Wheel of Mystery, one of my faves. I bought a template set for this pattern a few years back--knew it would see some use, and it has. It's fairly simple sewing, despite the curves. Not a pattern to be afraid of! Then you get the incredible bonus of secondary and tertiary patterns twinkling across the surface. This is what I call bang for the buck....one of my favorite things about quiltmaking.
Er...actually, I guess I have a lot of favorite things about quiltmaking.
I started with a box full of pieces leftover from another baby quilt in this pattern made several years back. (I have to admit I seldom measure and figure when I start a quilt, I just start cutting.) Anyway, that recipient is in KINDERGARTEN now, visits the library frequently, and has the best nose for M&Ms of just about any child I've ever met. A man after my own heart!
I added the orange for this quilt, and for all intents and purposes, cut up most of the remaining batik I had on hand. I love the gentle jolt the orange adds.
The quilting is just loopy meandering, done in a rainbow of different pastel-ish rayon threads. The backing fabric is a pastel green print, which really doesn't show too well in the photos.
I'm thinking this is a perfect quilt for this baby and for this mom too--she's a young woman who has traveled widely and who looks beyond the surface for life's meaning. May this be a talisman for them both. Best wishes for a long and interesting life for Mr. Oden.
Pattern: Winding Ways or Wheel of Mystery, made from Marty Michell templates.
Block size: 8.5 inches.
Finished size of quilt: 51 inches square
Top fabrics: 100% cotton batiks
Backing: 100% cotton
Batting: Warm and Natural
Quilting top thread: 30 wt. rayon, in multiple colors
Quilting bobbin thread: 60 wt. cotton