I was so excited about this quilt that I immediately made it a backing and quilted it. As you’ve seen, that hasn’t been happening often these days! I love (love!) Carolyn Friendlander’s newest line for Robert Kaufman, Carkai (available in December), and I’m quite pleased with how it looks in this design. I won’t lie, I’m also pleased that I was able to draw out my own templates for this design and have it (mostly) work. I really had a hard time cutting into this fabric with my hand drawn templates!
You can see my inspiration in the first photo above – those diamond panels on either side of the windows on this beautiful barn at Shelburne Farms. (I’m also loving those curved lines on the second panel – maybe that should become a quilt too?)
So as to not waste any of these great fabrics, I used the small curved pieces I had left over from cutting out the diamond shape for this pieced section on the back.
I used a print from Carolyn’s Doe line for the remainder of the backing – these lines pair so well together!
It’s quilted simply with straight lines — I’m sure it would look amazing to have a different type of quilting in the diamonds and something else in the low volume section to emphasize the secondary design, but I unfortunately don’t have time for that these days, so simple it is. Luckily I really like simple quilting, so this works for me. I think these lines are 3/4″ apart and give great texture but still keep the quilt nice and soft.
I asked the kids who this quilt should be for and they immediately said ‘bump bump’ (as baby #3 is known) and I think that’s a good call. I know I’ll enjoy seeing this one on the floor as a play mat!