I’m so thrilled to have finally finished the Pink and Purple Quatrefoil French Bulldog quilts for twins who were born in April to a colleague at work and his wife. I got to see the twin girls earlier this month, and they are doing very well (and of course are cute as the dickens!). For a little background on these quilts, please see my April ‘18 OMG Finish post. Kid Giddy’s Doggy in the Window Quilt is definitely on my Quilty Bucket list which gets longer all the time! Her Tiger Tiger Quilt and Vintage Photo Album Quilt blocks are also tempting me!
I was planning to quilt these myself since they are 36” square baby quilts, and that is a size that I’ve quilted myself in the past, but my sewing machine was not being cooperative, and after being totally dissatisfied with one line of quilting, I decided to have ThreadBear do the quilting. The drawback to that decision was a delay in the longarm quilting due to the owners going on vacation (the nerve!) and vending at several quilt shows. When Michael at ThreadBear finally had some time to start quilting, we decided that a simple stipple would be fine because he could get them done quickly, and the quilts would be cuddlier with less dense quilting. Below is a close-up of the French bulldog on the purple quilt that shows that simple meandering quilting. I requested that he not quilt through the eyes or the nose, and he did a great job at accommodating my request.
Since I used such vibrant colors and did not pre-wash the fabrics, I was extra nervous that I might get some color bleed on the white background. Thankfully, Shout Color Catchers did their job and caught a little free-floating dye, and the quilts washed up beautifully.