I'm getting back into the swing of things and I've got to tell you, this is not good. You see, I've discovered a little something called quilting.
I can already see the life long love-affair blooming. If someone told me five years ago I'd become a quilter, I would have laughed in their face! But then I actually made one and wowza! Where have you been all my life?
I've been flirting with quilting for a while now-- a little patchwork in a purse or pouch here or there, but I had never assembled a quilt. Then baby C came along and I thought "I could make him a little play quilt" and I did! And it was sew fun!
I had a blast picking out the fabrics! C's nursery is jungle themed, and I knew Central Park would be the cutest back for a quilt and I just went from there. I added a little Metro Living, a little wood grain, some flutterby, even a Dr. Suess print! I used Amy's beginner quilting series and it was perfect. Her instructions are so clear and the quilt came together like a dream! There were a couple places where my seams didn't quite line up, but for the most part, it went smoothly.
I quilted the baby blanket going across each of the squares making an X in the middle. I started off with the masking tape method, but by the time I finished all the lines one way, I realized I could eyeball it without needing the tape as a guide. I actually did better on the side where I didn't use tape! I now have plans to make 2 more baby quilts, a Christmas Quilt, and a quilt using Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley (drool!), and am even going to join the Farmer's Wife Quilt-Along! (I know, late to the game and I have a lot of catching up to do!). I ordered my book and it should be here on Saturday- exciting!! I just have to figure out what fabrics to use-- I've found a lot of inspiration out there, like this one Amelia made using just solids-- gorgeous!!!
Or these using vintage-ish looking fabrics (blocks created by the fabulous Lori Holt):
So without further ado, the tally for WIP #6:
Baby C quilt (front)
In progress: In the queue:
- Christmas Quilt
- Farmer's Wife Quilt
- Baby B's blankets
- Hope Valley quilt
- Sewing Room accessories: sewing machine cover, string catcher, clip boards, quilt/design boards
Now head on over to Freshly Pieced and see what everyone else is up to!