I finished this quilt just two days before Baby Zoe was born. For the sake of getting the quilt finished, it's a good thing she was over a week late, although not for her poor mother. Again, I didn't know whether the quilt was going to be for a boy or a girl until the baby was born. Zoe's mom already has two boys so I was hoping it would end up being for a girl.
I started this quilt when I got my new sewing machine (a Janome Magnolia 7330). I already had a quilt top pieced and didn't want to jump right into quilting with my new machine. I had a Hello Betty charm pack sitting around so I starting organizing them into a patchwork quilt. Then I played with offsetting the squares and I really liked how it looked. I also liked how it didn't require me to match up my corners. I added white sashing strip to make it a little bigger and to make the colors pop a little more. The finished size is 43" x 45."
The backing is also from the Hello Betty line by Moda and it has a yellow binding. I quilted a 1/4" from both sides of the horizontal seams and in the ditch around the patchwork. I thought this would be the quilt I tried free motion quilting on but I didn't have a darning or FMQ foot and didn't feel like running to the store again, so I went back to the straight lines. In the end, I really liked the modern look of it with straight lines.
The pictures aren't quite doing this quilt justice. It's a lot more vibrant in person and the backing doesn't look like digital camoflauge in real life.