I'm so happy that the binding on this quilt is finally done and I can get it on its way to its new owner. I absolutely love the way it turned out and I know that she and her mom will love it too.
One Hundred Good Wishes Quilts are more than just a simple scrap or I Spy quilt since each square represents a family member or friend who contributed it to the quilt and as the tradition goes, the child will be wrapped in the love of those 100 people. You can read about the tradition here.
It took me quite a while to find just the right fabric for the border. Once the center was completed I stared at it for days trying to visualize what color scheme and type of pattern would work the best. Many of the options I came across were either no longer or scarcely available. I finally found the Soiree line by Lila Tueller for Moda and one shop, Quilt Home, had enough in stock.
The quilt's future owner loves Pink and Light Green and I really wanted to use those fabrics in this quilt if I could. I think the border fabric in just those exact colors was the perfect choice. There is also a little Yellow in it to tie in with the sashing.
When my friend sent me all the fabrics, she told me that she wanted Pink for the sashing. But once I laid them out on my Great Room floor and looked at them from my 2nd floor balcony, it was very apparent that if I used Pink sashing, all the Pink in the blocks would get lost. I suggested a Pale Yellow instead and she agreed.
I found the Pale Yellow Fairy Frost at my LQS. This is the block that was the inspiration for the sashing color. The quilting is a swirly wave pattern, just what my friend requested. They live near the ocean and manufacture surf boards so waves were the natural choice for the quilting design.
The backing and binding are from the same Soiree line. More Pink and Light Green. One little girl is going to be tickled Pink when she sees this.
Tomorrow it is getting boxed up and shipped out to California and I cannot wait to hear their reaction when they get it. This quilt was truly a labor of love for me and I know it will be cherished for many, many years to come.
I believe that a 100 Good Wishes Quilt is a terrific gift for any child, whether adopted or homegrown. All new babies need the love and good wishes of their family and friends surrounding them and keeping them warm.