They call Ryker their little sunshine, so I decided to base the quilt top on sun and sunbeams. The top is one big paper pieced block. I had never paper pieced before, but I did a few practice blocks, then sketched this out on freezer paper, roughly using this free tutorial on Craftsy as a guide. I gotta say, I see more paper piecing in my future!
The top piecing is really quilte simple, and my plan was to do some fancy free motion quilting along the beams to make it meaningful. I used a nylon "invisible thread" for the first time, this one by Connecting Threads, and was really pleased with the result. It blended well with all the bold colors here, letting the texture steal the show.
In the sunshine, I tried my hand at some curve-on-curve quilting.
In the orange, I did some "ribbon candy."
In the lighter blue beams, I quilted radiating waves, and put words in them. I stitched in "Ryker", "you are my sunshine," "love lasts forever," and a simple heart. The alternate navy beams are each a different pattern: a quilted plaid, a stipple, pebbles, radiating circles and clamshells. The result is a quilt filled with lots of lovely texture.
I used a DS plaid for the back and Joel Dewberry herringbone in navy for the binding, which was machine stitched in place (getting better at that).
I am hoping this quilt provides some comfort to Ryker's parents; something to hold when he is gone.
Linking up to Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.