Caitlin’s Baby Quilt • Quilt #192
40″ (approx) square
I finished the first Frivol and I finished it early — before the end of January, so I was pretty happy with THAT deadline. As I was making it, I was thinking about my friend Caitlin, who is having a girl after two boys. I decided she just needed this feminine quilt that isn’t so fussy, that it couldn’t be thrown down on the ground when the family has a picnic.
It’s my first finish in this year; 2017 saw sixteen finishes, but a lot of them were smaller quilts, so it’s nice to lead off with a good-sized quilt.
I used Carolyn Friedlander’s white-on-white cross-hatch design (from her Architextures line) for the sashing and accent, and then used another white-on-white heart print for the borders.
A lot of contemporary quilters are notorious for not owning up to the traditional name of the block, and this group was no exception. The block has several names, the most common being “Chimney Sweep,” and it was first published in 1929 by Ruth Finley (I get all my info from Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns). It’s also known as “Christian Cross” (from a book published by the Shelburne Museum that listed all their quilts).
This backing is from a fabric from about a decade ago.
I quilted it in an overall lazy large meander, and bound it with a fabric that was a nice companion to the Bonnie and Camille line, interspersed with bits of the fabric from the leftover squares, as I don’t plan to make an extra block for a sampler quilt (one feature of the Frivols tins).
My review: if you are a Bonnie and Camille fan, this box is for you. I haven’t ever sewn with their line, and part of why I’m doing this is to learn about other styles of fabrics. I found the repetitive blocks easy, once I learned about the misprint measurement. Resolved: I’m going to look up any errata (errors) first, before I start cutting. But overall, it didn’t hold my attention, nor was I fascinated with the fabrics or the block. I guess I’ve spent too much designing my own quilts as well as working in highly saturated colors and splashy patterns. But, like I said, good to have a change.
It will be perfect for Catlin’s little baby girl. On to Frivols #2 in February.
January 2018 • No. 1 – Hello Darling by Bonnie & Camille DONE!
February 2018 • No. 2 – Polka Dots & Paisleys by Minick & Simpson
March 2018 • No. 3 – Eliza’s Indigo by Betsy Chutchian
April 2018 • No. 4 – Windermere by Brenda Riddle
May 2018 • No. 5 – Petite Prints Deux by French General
June 2018 • No. 6 – Strawberry Fields Revisited by Fig Tree
July 2018 • No. 7 – Songbird Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings
August 2018 • No. 8 – Bread ‘n Butter by American Jane
September 2018 • No. 9 – Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique
October 2018 • No. 10 – The Cookie Exchange by Sweetwater
November 2018 • No. 11 – Sew & Sew by Chloe’s Closet
December 2018 • No. 12 – Blue Barn by Laundry Basket Quilts