I quilted straight lines either side of the horizontal seams and knew in my quilty-heart that it really needed a touch of perle hand-stitching to lift the boats/hearts panels for an extra special touch. So I auditioned colours and threaded up the needle.
I really enjoy stitching with perle and knew with these early stitches that I would love it.
It's not fancy
but it does a great job lifting the hearts and sail boats off the background.
Here are the finishes -
In my last post I mentioned that I had been very indecisive about choosing backing fabric for the girl quilt. I should add that I've been trying to use what I already have in my stash rather than buy more so my options were more limited than they otherwise might have been. In the end, with the help of a majority vote on IG, I decided that I would use the green bake sale floral for a bit of contrast and finish with the pale pink large polka spot binding. I think it worked out well.
There were no such problems choosing the backing for the boy quilt as I had just enough of the alphabet print to cover it, and of course and orange polka dot binding just set it all off beautifully.
I can't decide which quilt I love more. For a minute or two I think I love the bright, cheery sail boats best and then I look at the sweet, soft cuteness of the hearts and well ... maybe it's the hormones! I suppose at least I don't actually have to decide which I like best as baby's arrival in the summer will determine which one we use. In the meantime, you might find me occasionally stroking both of them with fondness!