Even though I'm pretty sure winter is never going to end, I'm so pleased to share one last result of my Field Study mania: a little herringbone baby quilt!
I used a strip piecing technique (as illustrated in this tutorial), but varied strip width and made units of about three fabrics so that I could mix them all up for a random look.
Like with my recent triangles quilt, I was going for a soft feeling here, and kept the quilting simple, with double vertical lines along the herringbone center seams.
The backing is my very favorite Denyse Schmidt Picnic and Fairgrounds print--I sometimes think it looks like little golden bugs. Little quilts like these only use about a yard of fabric for the backing, and I like to fish out my larger cuts of fabric and see what works best.
Recently, I've been in a "get 'er done" mood, and haven't bothered with a pieced backing. In fact, I sometimes regret making a really interesting backing, since I start to like the back more than the front... and just one complementary fabric seems more fair to the quilt top that I spent so much time dreaming about and stitching together.
I framed the herringbone sections with some white fabric, and used dark gray for a nicely contrasting binding.
I'm still quite enamored with these fabrics, especially up close. The colors are saturated without being flashy, and there are so many intriguing details in each. Along with the others (here and here), I have quite the trio to stack up!