It's been a while since my last post. I was feeling very guilty about it but I had good reasons for leaving you for so long. School let out on June 1st and since then we've been getting into our summer routine and when that routine includes 2-3 hours a day at the pool plus trips to the zoo, the library and other assorted kid spots it kinda cuts into available blog and project time.
Anyways, I did use my limited spare time to whip up my first quilt!!! I am very excited about it and it finally arrived to my sister yesterday so now I can share with you all. My younger sister and her husband (see their guest post here) are expecting their first baby next month. I thought this was the perfect time to try my hand at quilting especially after I found the perfect fabric online.
It is Mod Tod by Riley Blake designs. The picture shows a close-up of my patchwork squares all laid out. I bought a fat quarter bundle and had plenty for the blanket, the pillow, and the burp cloths. I even have another project lined up for the remaining fat quarters.
I have to give a quick shout out to Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter. I used her tutorial series on her blog to get me through the blanket. Her pictures are great and she explains everything so well that you can't help but have a great result. I was also inspired by my Aunt Alice who is a fantastic quilt maker and has always made beautiful quilts. I can remember going to her house as a kid and seeing all her fabrics and machines and being so in awe of how she made such amazing things with it all. I can't wait for her to see my first quilt.
I started with the quilt which I made somewhat large at 40" x 60" because at that size it transitions well for a toddler bed too. The quilt was so quick & easy I couldn't believe it. What had been holding me back all these years!?!?! I did a simple stitch-in-the-ditch method for the quilting and used my scraps to make a piece-work binding. The backing is a whole piece of the blue gingham.
Then I used some of my extra squares to make the pillow. I did patchwork squares on one side and appliqued baby's name on the other side.
For the burp cloths I bought a package of Gerber cloth diapers at Target and stitched a piece of fabric to it. They really are the simplest things ever to make. I can't believe the prices that people charge for them on etsy.
Even my husband was impressed with my new found talents and my daughter asked when she is getting a quilt of her own. My boys' reaction was "That's nice. When are we going to the pool?".
While I was waiting for the gifts to arrive to my sister I was able to finish another quilt which I will show you soon. Of course, I have not finished painting the kitchen cabinets:).
~Gold Shoe Girl~