Here it is, the fastest quilt I have ever made!
I love playing with the pretty fabrics, but this happy kid is totally worth the simplicity of a fabric panel.
I had stopped into my local fabric shop, The Stitch Witch, the weekend before Christmas for a quick browse. And my daughter went straight to the bolt of Frozen fabric. I had been briefly looking for this fabric a few weeks previously, and had given up, but when it was right there in front of us, how could I say no?
I purchased a yard of the matching pink cameo print for borders, but calculating in my head didn’t work so well and I would have had to piece the borders. So instead I grabbed some Kona Bahama Blue and created the cornerstones, framing cameos of the sisters in each corner. For the backing, I had this beautiful flannel polka dot (its a Robert Kaufman print). And with the help of my daughter, a recent dark blue polka dot purchase from Pink Castle Fabrics was the perfect finishing touch. Some people love stripes to bind, but I think I’m now a polka dots fan.
For quilting, I used my free motion foot to outline each of the girls, parts of Anna’s cloak, and some of the background features such as the trees, using whatever thread I had which matched best. I added a little bit of stitching on the sparkles on Elsa’s dress too. I had seen this panel done with a meander, but I could just imagine the flak I would get from a certain short person for stitching over Elsa’s face (and she still wasn’t 100% happy with the outlining). The batting is Warm and White, being what I had on hand, which can be stitched up to 10 inches apart. (Full disclosure, I prewashed the backing but nothing else, and it hasn’t been washed yet to see the crinkle result).
I then had some fun with loops and hearts in each of the borders, the dark and light pink which are part of the panel, and the cameo print. I added a snowflake in each corner of the pink border, not all as lopsided as the one above. For the cornerstones I just stitched in the ditch. The quilt finished about 46 by 55 inches.