I'm Anna and I blog at finallywakingup. My quilt was the February offering from the Siblings Together Bee and I used Color Me Happy donated by Moda. I decided that I wanted to try and make something suitable for a pre-teen girl so I picked out the lighter fabrics from the bundle which included some florals but also some leaves and blender fabrics.
Given fabric that I wouldn't normally pick for myself it seemed like a good chance to try putting together colours and patterns that I wouldn't normally work with and I succeeded on that count as both my parents (I have to use their kitchen floor to baste as my current house doesn't have room) commented that it was different from anything I'd made before. I chose the Pinwheels in the Park pattern which I'd made before for my younger son. It's a really simple and fun block to make and once you get the sashing in the pinwheels really pop, although I have to say I was worried that I'd made a mistake with the fabric choice and sashing choice for a while. Lynne very kindly did the quilt math to increase the size of the blocks and the finished quilt came out around 80 x 60.
I used aqua Kona solid for the sashing which I'm really happy with. I couldn't figure out how to quilt this and in the end went with bog standard stippling which has given it some nice texture.
I had the not so nice experience of sewing my finger whilst doing the quilting, I've been sewing for over half my life and have never done that before, and hopefully will never do it again. My first thought, after freeing myself, was that I hoped I'd not bled on the quilt and luckily I hadn't.
The backing is a Kaffe Fasset dot from Celtic Fusion Fabrics, I thought the grey would keep it from being too girly and for the same reason I used the grey stripe from the Colour Me Happy bundle for the binding. The batting was from Lady Sew and So.
I'm really happy with the way this came out and I hope it finds a girl who will love it. I've really enjoyed being a part of the Bee this year, thanks to all the donating companies, Lynne for organising it and the rest of the sewers for making this so much fun and for allowing us to donate 12 quilts to this wonderful charity!