If you are interested in giving this quilt a try, definitely check out Faith's y-seam tutorial.
I backed the quilt with one of my favorite prints from Lotta Jansdotter's Echo (which I recently got on sale for less than $6/yard from Fabric Shack, though I think I bought the last of it).
A couple weeks ago I saw this tutorial about quilting flowers and thought this would be a good time to give it a try. It was pretty fast, fun, and fairly easy, so I will definitely be using this quilting design again.
I used pieced batting for this quilt and it was the first time I have used Pellon batting tape to join the batting. I have tried zig-zagging the pieces together in the past and while it worked out okay, it was kind of pain. The batting tape was much easier (you just apply it with an iron) and faster. Hopefully I can make a dent in the giant pile of batting scraps in my closet :)
This quilt will be going to my niece when she turns 8 in a few months. If you are have been reading my blog for a while, you might remember that I have been making quilts for my nieces and nephews when they turn 8 (which is the age in my church that kids can be baptized). My husband's sister had twins and his brother's wife had a baby on the exact same day in 2005, so I have a nephew and 2 nieces turning 8 this year. I actually already made quilts for the twins (here and here) so I am done ahead of time.
finished size: about 53x57"