The doll quilt has crossed the country and made it to Marisa. And I'm so happy that she's pleased with it.
She'd specified a love of authentic Japanese fabrics, but I just haven't come across many of those here on the East Coast, and I'd actually cut & planned the top before I got that word from Lisa. Because I'd started saving strips when I have leftovers, many of these fabrics can be found in the few other quilts I have made, including the other one I'm currently working on. But I think my favorite fabric is the fairies one that appears in a full strip, purchased from Cia's Palette for a 100 Good Wishes quilt square swap last spring. I had a lot of fun trying to quilt around the fairies and flowers on that piece of the quilt. As I noted after Easter, I've only just begun to try my hand at the free-motion quilting, so that was fun ~ and challenging ~ here, too. I had a problem with the thread splitting and breaking, and I still don't know if it was due to my limited skills or was a quality issue or a problem with the needle or machine. In some places I stitched in the ditch, which I am actually pretty good at, thanks to my walking foot. It's so nice to have the proper tools! The other thing that was new for me here, inspired by a pattern I picked up recently but have yet to try, was the curved piecing of the back of this quilt. I used the Curve Master, and like the way it turned out. (Toddler fingers snuck in to the shot.)
All in all, a great experience ~ and I haven't even received the quilt that's coming to me yet! Clearly this big ol' internet is full of fine craft folks with more great ideas and exchanges than I have time to discover, but I'm sure glad I happened by this swap this April ~