Charmed Whirligigs is back from the quilter already, and I finished the binding last night. I love this pattern! So simple, and the effect is playful and lighthearted. I think it would work with any combination of colorful fabrics, but I especially love the look of it in Moda's Cherish Nature. With the Gulf disaster weighing on my heart and mind so much lately, "Cherish Nature" has become my new mantra.
Keeping with the nature theme, I chose Buzzing Around for the quilting pattern. The quilter had suggested a turquoise-to-brown variegated thread, but I didn't want anything to compete with the fabrics and chose a pale sage green.
This quilt is a wedding gift, but seeing how well the greens in the fabric match the vintage lamp on the sideboard in my sewing room makes me think I might have to make another one for me.
I haven't been a fan of precuts -- jellyrolls, honey buns, layer cakes, etc. -- until now. Their 'dander' is downright annoying, but nothing a quick once-over with the brush attachment of the vacuum can't tame. One of my favorite parts of using charm packs for this particular pattern is there were no leftovers, except a little of the Kona solid, a bit of the border fabrics and, of course, trimmings from the backing.
I think this quilt has a picnic blanket feel, so I'm planning to make a set of cloth napkins in one of the lighter fabrics from this line and gift wrap the quilt and napkins in a colorful woven tote.