Meet another recent finish – the Vanilla Swirls quilt.
Double Star Creams. I started the quilt intending to use it on our bed. I’d read somewhere that you should make a white quilt as your first quilt for your trousseau. Obviously I’m a big history dork. But that was back before I figured out some quilty things – my seam allowances were off, and the set-in seams weren’t easy. So after some horrendous blocks and some okay blocks, it sat. For years.
I made up several more blocks, decided I just needed to finish it, sorted through and picked the best blocks, and promptly turned it into a sweet, traditional, white quilt. And for once, a great name popped in my head, turning Double Star Creams into Vanilla Swirls.
I went on a basting binge one weekend and basted this quilt plus three other baby quilts I had waiting in the WIP pile. It sat as I tackled the easier quilting on the other quilts. I had three different ideas – baptist fans, straight lines surrounding the stars, or swirls. I really loved the idea of the lines behind the stars. I could see it in my mind, and it was a great effect. But, since the quilt is a swirl quilt, I wanted to evoke that feeling. My hang-up was mostly in that I’d never quilted swirls before. And if you know me at all, I may look like I’ve got it together on the outside, but inside I’m a great big chicken. *cluck, cluck*
I’d watched YouTube videos, sketched, and read tutorials. I propped up my Angela Walters book beside my machine and just started. And it wasn’t too bad. Lots of stopping to figure out where I was going or which way the next swirl should go, but not bad. And I think the end result works. It’s a soft, allover pattern that goes with the soft, cream colors. I’m very pleased. It almost makes me wish I had a baby and a sweet nursery to decorate. Or an airy, all-white room where I could drape it over a chair to use during cool evenings.