I started this project quite a while ago. I was totally engrossed by the colors in this line of fabric from the first time I saw it. Backyard Baby was designed by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller, and I don’t think I can get enough of it. I didn’t have a reason to buy it or anyone to make anything for, but I couldn’t resist finding a reason to work with it.
So, I started this baby quilt using the traditional Indian Hatchet block. It sat on my design wall for a long time, just making me happy. Then I got an invitation to a baby shower, and the deal was sealed.
I hadn’t been sure how to quilt it, but was thankfully struck by inspiration. I decided I wanted the quilting to loosely follow the design of the hatched block, so I “freehanded” straight diagonal and vertical lines throughout the quilt. I was pleased with the outcome, although I was also reminded of why I am looking forward to having a longarm machine one day!
Once it was complete, I sent one of our daughters out with quilt and camera in hand and told her to take a few good ones. I really love her perspective. One of these days we will get a decent camera. As well as a longarm quilting machine.