I finished my first quilt of 2013 back in January! It was long over due - I started it in 2010 when I was pregnant with Malcolm. So far, he likes it and cuddles with it at night and during nap time - both my boys love flannel and minky blankets to snuggle. This was the quilt of 1001 problems but I decided that I was never going to use the fabric for anything else so I had to finish it.
The main fabric is a flannel that I picked up a long time ago. It
is covered in nursery rhyme images - which is the theme we used for
Malcolm's nursery so I thought it would be great for a soft and cuddly
baby quilt. I paired it with pink minky, green striped flannel, a
yellow cotton polka-dot, and a blue silky-flannel blend (not sure what
it is). It was a very bad idea to use so many different textures. I
had the hardest time keeping everything lined up and straight. I used
the seam ripper so many times when I was first working on it while
pregnant that I started to hate it and bought totally different fabric
for his baby quilt. Then I tried again after he was a few months old
and it was again a nightmare. Finally I pulled it out in early December
and was able to get a reasonable top together and I quilted it with a
few very simple straight lines to finish it up. I'm glad it's
done - it's nice to finish up something that has been sitting in my
work-in-progress pile for so long. Although, I don't think I will ever
try to sew with minky again.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
All the way back in 2004 I bought a fat quarter and that was the start of it all for me and quilting. I had completed a quilt for my Grandma shortly before that but had no intentions of making another. Then, and I can't even remember why I was at the fabric store, I saw a raspberry print and loved it. My original intention was to make a decorative pillow for my bed since it was the same shade of red that was in my duvet but I never actually made anything. And some how, again I'm not sure how or why, I started collecting fat quarters of fruit and vegetable themed fabric. Nine years later and I had a pile of 38 different fabrics. I finally had to cut into it and made myself a lap quilt.
It was really hard to start this project. I had so many different plans over the years for the fabric but when it came down to it none of them seemed right for the fabric I had in front of me when it came time to cut. After hours on flicker, I decided on a wonky 9 patch. Simple and easy but a fun way to combine the bright colors. I only used a 9 inch square of 36 of the fabrics so next up will be a traditional 9 patch.