Happy July!! I made this quilt as a tester when I was writing my Simplify pattern, and thanks to my big kids being at “cousin camp” last week, I had some time to finish it up!
The fabrics are Cotton and Steel, mostly a selection of these whimsical prints from the line Spectacle with a few prints from my stash thrown in. The background is Kona cotton in Pewter.
I had a really old cut of double sided minky in the perfect color to back this with. It’s so soft and slippery it can be a pain to work with, but nothing a big can of basting spray and a few pins can’t tame.
I started quilting this with random free motion…without any plan or thought to the design. A few blocks in I panicked that I had ruined the quilt (it looked like a spiky hot mess), but I pressed on, and after I was finished I actually kind of liked it.
I call this design “spiky-hot-mess-no-plan-quilting”. The fluffy minky makes it look kind of cool on the back. Let’s pretend it was intentional.
Because I know I’ll get asked, yes I used batting, and here is a post I did years ago about basting and quilting with this double sided minky. Sometimes I skip the batting or use a piece of flannel, but I love the weight with batting after it’s washed.
The pattern for this quilt is the crib size of Simplify…still at the top of my favorite patterns to make!