Sunday, May 31, 2009

Baby Quilt Progress

I don't want you to think that I always choose a pattern, pull fabric, and 3 days later have a quilt top assembled and the quilting started. I guess it's just the season (you know ---- NOT winter!) that makes me feel like getting something done. The pattern I decided to use for the baby quilt is called Santa's Toy Shop and was featured in the December 2008 issue of McCall's Quilting Magazine.

I thought that if I added a whole lot of fabrics to those I posted the other day and then tried not to repeat a fabric it would be more interesting and scrappy. But instead of it looking scrappy, it just looked like a mess. So I tossed aside 16 blocks and stuck with just the main fabrics and a few others. What I ended up with is a bright, fun quilt that any Gramma would be happy to snuggle her grandbaby in! You can see in the close-up the border fabric and cornerstones are in a bright green with black dots...........


.........but what I really want you to see is the backing fabric. I had been told that the baby's room has a lot of lime green in it, and that the finials on the curtain rods are monkeys. I found this Robert Kaufman print called "Animals Gone Wild!" and it just begged to be taken home. Now, how could I resist such completely perfect fabric?

So the good news is I have a really darling quilt for baby, and the other good news is I have 16 leftover blocks -- enough for another whole quilt!! (We'll see......)

[By the way.....After I looked at this entry I decided the quilt doesn't look all that great unless you open the photo so you can see the great fabrics in it. Now, you don't want to be disappointed. Go ahead, look closer.......]

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Starting a New Project

Don't you love starting a new project? My husband asked me about 8 months ago to make a baby quilt for a co-worker who is to become a brand new Gramma. Naturally I waited until said baby is set to arrive before deciding on a pattern and pulling the fabric. (I'm sure I am the only quilter who does this!) I purchased the focus fabrics quite a while ago and have been saving them for just the right quilt. Not until I looked at the selvedge edge this morning did I realize just how long ago. These Timeless Treasure fabrics were actually made in 2001. (((gulp!)))
I have been to 5 quilt shops looking for coordinating fabrics. I had no idea it would be almost impossible to find simple designs in basic colors on a white background! I'm done shopping (after all, my stash can only grow so fast!) and have everything ready to cut. Take a look at the fabrics. The next time you see them, they will be in the form of an adorable quilt top.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sew.......This Is My Blog

I cannot even begin to describe how I have agonized over starting this blog. A lot of my quilty friends are blogging these days and I love following what they are doing, so I thought I would give it a whirl. I have so many interests to chat about and photos to share, and of course, I could talk about my family all day long. So maybe you will find something interesting here -- or informative, maybe even entertaining. I hope so.