Sunday, January 9, 2011

quilting is thrilling!

this made me chuckle...

Well, I sort of get a little bit excited about them.
I made a baby quilt for a friend a couple months ago. I should clarify that I finished it a couple months ago, (October 3rd to be exact - it was kind of monumental for me), but I had been working on it on and off for several months (since May or June or something, summertime got in the way).

She didn't want to find out if they were having a boy or girl, so I kept the color palette neutral but more fun than the typical pastel yellow & green (an excuse to buy some yardage of Cosmo Cricket!) I also used different textures of fabrics for baby (which ended up making things more difficult with stretch & pull factors - real good for beginners, ya know?)

I did basic straight diagonal lines to quilt it all together. I learned a whole lot about sewing a quilt top to batting and a backing (and then asked for a walking foot for my sewing machine for Christmas - thank you Santa!)

I embroidered "baby Hopkins" in one of the corners, and used that fuzzy material with the little bumps for the backing (I know you know what I'm talking about), and hand stitched the binding (ugh!).

Of course, I had to make a matching bib & burp cloth set to go with it...

There are many steps to the quilt-making-process, and every step I would complete I'd praise myself and feel like I was finally getting closer to finishing! Then I'd get stuck in the next step and feel like I wasn't making any more progress. I'd grumble and put the whole project away for a little while, and then realize- I'd better finish this thing before baby arrives!

I finally finished and I practically vowed that I'd never make another quilt ever again! A few months later, I find myself collecting pretty fabrics to match the new wall color I have picked out for our bedroom. Now I just have to figure out what type of block pattern I want to go with, then start cutting (easier said, than done).

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