i've only been quilting for about year and in that time, i have completed three quilts - one that's completely hand quilted and two that are hand tied. i'm not big on machine quilting - i just personally prefer the process and the finished look of hand quilting. it's a slow process, for sure, but totally worth it to me.
being the simple design that it is, and being a crib sized quilt, it only took me about an hour or two to piece the top of this quilt together. the quilting, on the other hand, took me nearly 6 months to complete. i spent anywhere from 1-3 hours per night, off and on, hand stitching. i followed the circular pattern on my backing fabric for two reasons: 1) it was a built in pattern - no drawing or designing required; and 2) i thought the circles were a nice counterpart to the hard angles on the front of the quilt.
i chose to make this quilt in a rainbow palette because i'm hoping that my youngest daughter (the recipient of this quilt) will pass it down to her children - and i figured a rainbow palette is fairly gender neutral, at least for babies.
immediately after i finished this quilt i was relieved to finally be done with it....for about a week...then i started looking for another quilting project.