I thought -- "how nice"! A small baby quilt that just needs to be quilted and bound -- I can whip that out in no time even in the busy month of July.
I put this top together quite a few years back. Wendy was probably just a toddler when Sharyn picked out some fabrics to get started on a big bed quilt for her. I asked her to give me a fat quarter off of each piece she bought and I'd put together a baby quilt to match -- just to have on hand when or if she ever had another girl. So far that hasn't happened -- just brothers for Wendy. So the quilt sat waiting in my pile of tops to be completed.
I spray basted the quilt this morning and as I was looking at it and thinking I could machine quilt it and probably finish it in a day or two, I had second thoughts. I've been having so much fun hand quilting my June challenge quilt, and I happened to have a perfect color of perl cotton for this one -- I decided it really needed hand quilting to make me love it.
It'll take me a little longer to finish, and with a busy July I may not get it done -- but when I do, I know I'll love it. I already do. The decorative stitches were done by machine when I put the top together. I think the hand quilting really softens it.