So, in order, here's how we completed this group quilt, with participants on both U.S. coasts, as well as in Utah. :)
We used a design by Amy E (Amy's Creative Side), who adapted a pattern from her book, Modern Basics, to make it baby quilt size.
Candy, of Candied Fabrics, dyed the beautiful fabric for the quilt.
Amy E and Amylouwho completed the quilt top.
Rita from Mochi Studios beautifully hand appliqued the baby's name.
And when it got to me it was time for quilting.
First off I had to press the quilt back and top. Isn't this fabric amazing?
And here's the front:
I love how the colors pop against the blue background.
I decided to quilt a squared-off pattern that would be called "loopy" if it was done without the square corners. It was a new quilting design to me and it went pretty well, but it can be a challenge to quilt square corners when you're used to quilting curves.
(quilting action shot)
In the colored rectangles, I quilted outlines and X's, using my walking foot.
This photo, and the rest of the photos were taken after the quilt was washed and had shrunk up a bit. I like how the square loops turned out but next time I do them I will try out a larger scale.
Also, I hand quilted around the letters using 2 strands of embroidery floss.
After the quilting was done, I bound the quilt using 4 of the fabrics from the colored rectangles (there wasn't enough turquoise, but it turned out fine without it.) Here's the finished project!
And the back:
It was fun to plan out this group project and to have it turn out so well! You can see the adorable baby with his quilt here!