Flying Four - a Finished Quilt!

  That's right - finally! A finished quilt! And get ready, because I actually quilted four tops on Wednesday, so the finishes are about to start rolling in. I'll try to pace myself.

This one is for the Dude's teacher, so it had to be first finished, because the last day of school is today! The last day of fifth grade - excuse while I go to the corner and cry a bit. I HAVE A MIDDLE SCHOOLER.

Since December, I volunteered in the classroom once a week, so I got to know his teacher and classmates fairly well. And when he announced that he and his wife were expecting a baby, well, the end-of-year gift choice became obvious.

I was wrapping up pattern testing for Jennie when I found out, and it was a fairly easy decision to chop Flying Four into individual blocks and make a couple baby quilts instead. Actually, I originally did six blocks, but the proportions were off, so I cut it down to four.

The quilting is one of my favorites - sometimes it's just a scrolly double-C sort of thing {technical term} and sometimes it's a hidden heart. Baby quilts get loads of hidden hearts.

The backing is a Maywood Woolies, which is definitely the nicest flannel I've ever worked with. I want to follow-up with his teacher on how it looks after a year of use. That's not weird, right? The binding is an old Anna Griffin collection - I remember buying it in Oklahoma, which is at least three years ago. {When you date things by state, you're a military spouse.}

The fabric started as a fat quarter bundle of Bella by Amanda Murphy, and then I pulled from my own scraps and fat quarters to add in more Easter colors. And by my own, I mean, that purple Pearl Bracelets is from my neighbor Jess. Y'all need a quilty neighbor to share with.

The blue Pearl Bracelets were leftover from my nephew's quilt. The Dude picked the blocks he wanted and did the layout, and using the four that included his cousin's fabric was a deliberate decision.

And the full back - this is where the kids and I got sneaky. With the help of their gym teacher, the class signed and decorated the back. A fun reminder of the class that was "there" through a good portion of the pregnancy.

48" square

{And still nameless. I'm letting the class decide today.}

Pattern available here.

See also: Finish It Up Friday, Whoop WhoopTGIFF, Needle & Thread ThursdayMonday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday