60 x 72
It's a finish!
There's very few quilts I've made more than once but I never get tired of making Happy Block quilts.
These blocks have 4 inch centers and 1 3/4 inch sides which makes a 6 inch finished block.
Some of the blocks were swapped as well as the centers with the I Spy Quilt Swap Yahoo Group I joined 14 years ago when the first grandchild was born Some of the centers came from a few other swaps elsewhere and a few centers were won. All of the centers are members of the animal kingdom - birds, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, mammals and reptiles.
I've made several quilts to give to the grandkids when they graduate high school.
I made this one for Isabelle (aka Izzy or Dizzy Izzy) because she loves all creatures great and small and for as long as I can remember she has always said she wanted to be a veterinarian. I guess that has changed. She recently was accepted into an Accelerated Associate Degree program which means when she graduates high school she will not only receive a high school diploma but she will also receive an Associate of Arts degree. When I congratulated her and mentioned that it was a wonderful opportunity for a future veterinarian I was informed that she now wants to be a psychotherapist. Ok. But she still loves all creatures great and small.
I free motion quilted it on my Brother DSM with some rough lemon peels in variegated rainbow thread on top and gray in the bobbin. I haven't washed it yet so it's not all soft and crinkly. I have an old wringer/washer and no place for larger quilts to dry flat so I wait until I have several and take them to the laundromat for washing and drying. When it crinkles it will hide most of my quilting imperfections. (I hope).
And it's a Murphy's Law of Quilting that whenever your hand shakes while quilting it will happen with dark thread on a light background or vice versa. Oh for the love of crinkles!
Happy Block quilts usually make a big dent in my solids, tone on tones,polka dots and blenders.
The backing was pieced...
...with several different gray odds and ends.