Saturday, October 31, 2015

October's Goal Met - Eloise's Baby Quilt

Another goal met.  Hooray for me!  Even with that "inconvenient" broken arm I'm 9 for 10 so far this year.  My goal for this month was to make a baby quilt with brights and lots of pinks.  I had everything cut out and organized and was getting ready to spend a few days in a motel in St. Louis by myself, so I took my machine with me and planned a mini-retreat -- for one!  I set up my machine and got busy.

In the short time I was there I had a doctor appointment and a birthday party to attend, but I did get most of the blocks made and started putting them together.  The bed made a decent design wall.

This quilt needed something fun for the backing so I stopped at Hancocks of Paducah on my drive home and got a Robert Kaufman print by Valori Wells called "In The Bloom" and some batting.

I think the fabric designers are making the selvedge edges even prettier than they once did since quilters are using them for so many projects.  Look at these  cute flowers.  So much more interesting than just plain old dots!

When I got home, I cut out the hearts.  Instead of appliquéing them onto the top, I just zigzagged around them after it was quilted.

Hmmm, I don't know how I got those two yellow strips so close together that they made an upside-down "T."  So much for moving carefully from the design wall to the machine.  A little too random looking for me!

I had thought to make the binding scrappy or from the backing fabric, but after auditioning both options I didn't like the way either one would look, so I made a bright aqua flange first.  Another Robert Kaufman fabric, this one by Patrick Lose.  What is it with me and flanges lately?  

I'm so happy to have completed another sweet baby quilt for another precious little one.  

Baby Eloise Beatrice is sure to love it! 

I am linking up with Fiber of All Sorts and their ALYoF October Finishes Party.  My goal was #48 and my finish is #43.  

I'm also linking up with Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  

Monday, October 5, 2015

October Goal - Pink!

My goal this month for A Lovely Year of Finishes is a baby quilt for a little one who made her way into the world two days ago.  I want to have it completed quickly because, as you know, every baby needs her quilt.  We weren't told Baby's gender ahead of time so I wasn't really able to start until now. 

I cut out about a hundred 2.5" by 6.5" colorful strips along with ten 6.5" squares and pulled a bunch of pink charms.  I'll be spending a few days in a motel by myself this week so I'm taking my sewing machine along for company.  

I think I should be able to do something with this, don't you?

I am linking up the October Goal Setting Party at Fiber of All Sorts, where my goal is #48.

Also linking up with Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  This is definitely a scrappy project.