Oh yes, the University of Illinois Quilt for Zara's stroller is all done! Did you miss the blog entry where I showed how I made it? You can check it out here. I loaded it on the longarm and let it sit for a day while I thought about how I wanted to quilt it and with what color thread. Blue or orange? I selected orange because I love the Sulky variegated orange that I had for the bobbin thread.
I decided to stitch in the ditch on all the vertical and horizontal rows. I wanted to quilt "I" using a cookie cutter that my daughter had but it didn't fit around the hopping foot of the machine. So what the heck, I did them free hand, three of them on the blue row and two in each charm pack row. Are they perfect? Heck no, they are done free hand so each one is unique - like snowflakes!
You can see the "I" in the blue rows if you look closely. I also did meandering in the framing borders. That was actually super fun to quilt, it is just like you are meandering around and there is no wrong way to do it! I thought about doing more of it in the blue rows but then I told myself this was just a quilt to use in a stroller, not for a quilt show. Actually, I don't make any quilts for shows, just for fun!
When it came to the binding, I first wanted to try an orange and white polka dot fabric I had in my stash but it didn't look very good with the back. Plus, truth be told, it wasn't a very good quality fabric. It was something inexpensive I bought for the lining of some aprons. I had just enough of the blue to bind so I went with that, another plus is that I won't have any of those scraps. I love using up every bit of fabric.
What do you do with a stroller quilt? You go for a stroller ride, of course! But wouldn't it be even cuter if Zara had an orange fleece to wear on these rides? The first one I ordered from LL Bean was back ordered until July 6th. No way, I found one on Amazon that just arrived today and it was super cute. It's from Columbia.
The minute the package arrived, Zara and I went right out for a stroller ride...in the garage because it was raining, rats. But we got a cute picture. And we will be taking some stylin' stroller rides! I love being able to sew goofy fun things like this. I just need to stop sleeping so I can sew all the projects I have in my head.
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