Initial progress on 1/15/16
However, a new question presented itself after I got the rows together. With colors this vibrant, how in the world was I going to decide on a border? I didn't want to drown out any of these prints.
This is where having access to a good stash really saved me. I found a gray-on-gray floral in the fabrics I'd inherited with my machine, and my mother had some sunny yellow yardage. The effect was just right.
The quilt top with the two borders
Now at the same time as I was working on this, two important things were happening. Firstly, my aunt and uncle were expecting their firstborn child within the month. Secondly, a historic blizzard had come down on us. If ever there was a time to finish a quilt, this was it. I'd also finished up a Yellow Brick Road top, and I messaged my aunt to say that I'd like to offer a blanket as a gift for baby. Between the two, my aunt preferred the pinwheels.
The snow kept my office closed for several days, and as such, I was able to quilt and bind up the top with time to spare. It was a bit wonky, but as I've heard a hundred times, done is better than perfect.
My youngest cousin arrived within two weeks after her present was done, and my grandmother sent it in the mail for me. My aunt was kind enough to provide a picture of baby girl using the blanket for her tummy time:
Picture of the recipient, with permission from her mother
I'll admit, seeing this made my heart sing. Pinwheels is not my first completed quilt, but I'll never know the child who received "Roman Holiday" from the Christmas quilt and teddy bear drive. Actually getting to see the quilt in use is an honest to goodness delight.