I finished a baby quilt for my very good friend, Nia. She is having a baby boy and they are going to name him Toa. She is Samoan and I just love the meaning behind the name they have chosen for their son. Toa means strong/warrior.
I finished this quilt up at a quilting retreat I was lucky enough to attend. I wasn’t signed up for this one but a friend, Irene, offered me her spot when she realized that she wouldn’t be able to go. I was so excited. I love retreats for not only the hours and hours of uninterrupted sewing time I get but also that I get to know the other women in my guild so much better. I just couldn’t resist the gorgeous grounds to take pictures of the finished quilt.
Years ago I won these island prints from a giveaway that Jodi over at Pleasant Home was hosting. I have saved them and when I found out Nia was pregnant I knew I wanted to use these fabrics for a quilt for her baby. The blue is Kona Candy Blue and I used a wonderfully soft flannel for the back.
I wasn’t sure how the quilting would go with flannel since I haven’t every quilted with a flannel backing before. It went well, although I was going to just keep it really simple with some straight line sewing. But my friend, Barb, suggested free motion quilting a motif along the columns of island fabrics. She drew a few ideas for me and I settled on these half hearts. I love how it turned out.
I’ll post more retreat pictures soon!