Windy Days Quilt

Back in March I started the Windy Days Quilt, which is a free pattern from Moda Bakeshop. It is designed by Sarah Meyer of Sarah B Designs and is an easy to follow beginner quilt pattern. It is actually my second time sewing this quilt, as this pattern I used for my second quilt some years ago. You can see that blue and white, Windmill Quilt here.

As I gave that blue and white version to my mother, I didn’t think it to wrong to make a second version of this quilt. After all I love pinwheels and I just haven’t found a better, free pattern since discovering it. The size is perfect if you want a quick project. At 35.5 X 35. 5 inches it makes a great baby quilt or a wall hanging. Mine will be hung on the wall.

Usually I hand quilt all my quilts. For this quilt I wasn’t sure what to do with the quilting, if I should follow the squiggles on the background fabric, which would have been an endless task.  But after discovering the needles in my local quilt shop,  I decided to give big stitch quilting a try. One of the ladies working there suggested I big stitch quilt around the pinwheels, and that that would be enough. As it was my first time I chose cream thread, so that the stitches would disappear against the fabric, (just in case my stitches were a disaster).

I started off, marking lines with a hera marker but got lazy and ended up eyeballing it for the rest of the quilt. I would recommend not doing that, as it is not so easy to wing it. Next time I will mark and measure.

In any case it took me 9 days to finish big stitch quilting it. I couldn’t believe how quickly it could be done. I will definitely try this method again.

Last weekend, after binding my quilt, we took the quilt on one of our little hikes so it could be photographed.

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We took it to Berneck in the Rhein valley and photographed it amongst the vineyards, which were just greening up. 

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Unfortunately, we weren’t able to capture the hand quilting so easily.

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To get Sarah Meyer’s Windy Days Quilt pattern go to the Moda Bakeshop website here.

Hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any questions or comments I  would love to hear from you.