Last week another mom in my daughter's Kindergarten class asked if in lieu of gifts for the teacher, we would instead send in donations for a family who had just lost everything in a house fire. The teacher is good friends with the family, and she had been very concerned about their ability to celebrate the holidays following such a huge loss. As tends to be the case in our community, the response was amazing - hundreds of dollars in gift cards, plus groceries and household items. And a quilt.
With a due date less than a week out, I had to choose a pattern quickly, and immediately thought of the Moda Love LayerCake Quilt. Having pinned this design months ago for how bright and cheery the layout looked, it was the perfect pattern for the project: fast but with a great modern traditional vibe that I thought would fit for a family I didn't know personally. Plus, I was able to use a colorful FQ set that had been languishing in my stash, and I'm thrilled to have put it to use in such a meaningful project.
I did tweak the design a bit at the outer corners, but it's very similar to Moda's version. I quilted it with loops, adding a little heart in each of the bright solid blocks so the quilt would have lots of love to spare <3 Hopefully it will be well used and well loved as the family rebuilds after such a big setback.
I ended up completing this quilt from start to finish in 5 days, which is a new record for me (that I think will stand a good long while!). A nice change of tempo after finishing the very belated birthday quilts recently.
So I'm curious: what's your personal best time for finishing a larger quilt?
(I'm sure someone out there can top my record! ; )
Quilt stats: Finished size 72" x 72"
Pattern: Moda Love LayerCake Quilt
Fabric: (brights) Technicolor by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller, (background & binding) Kona Cotton in White, (backing) Bloom by Masha Dyans for Clothworks
Batting: Warm & Natural Cotton
Thread: Piecing, Aurifil 2021; Quilting, Superior Threads Omni 3002
Linking up with Let's Bee Social, Needle & Thread Thursday, & Crazy Mom Quilts