One great advantage to all the snow this winter is being stuck inside. It’s the perfect excuse to cook and craft to your heart’s content. I spent the better part of the two foot snow storm, a few weeks ago, finishing up the squares on my quilt.
Once they were all pressed, I started to assemble the strips for the top (YAY!) This is always such an exciting part of the process. It’s where the “rubber meets the road” so to speak. I am always anxious to see if my colors and pattern choices are going to work together.
After arranging all the pieces on the floor, I am feeling very confident that this quilt is going to be exactly what I wanted! All that is left is sewing together the strips and making the sandwich! I’d really like to spend the money and get this professionally quilted. Once I have the top together, I will know better. If it comes out as nice as I am thinking, I better start saving my pennies!
Are you working on any quilted projects? Please share!
:: a wonderful weekend to be sure.
:: Friday lunch with Grammie Fuji for a bento box.
:: a slow Saturday morning with Ms. Elna.
:: one step closer to assembling the top of my quilt.
: crustless quiche for breakfast in a beautiful red Christmas present
: a successful test for my green belt (I am intermediate now, yay!)
:: a warmer than average Sunday leading to a foggy, yet refreshing walk in the woods.
:: fresh 100% whole wheat bread rolls for the week.
:: paperwhites blooming beautifully (although, not a fan of the smell).
:: a bit of nervous knitting during the Pats game (GO PATRIOTS!)
:: a nice hotty toddy to relax those nerves and settle into Downton Abbey.
A quiet and wonderful family weekend. Did you do anything fun?
Finally, a quilt for my bed. We are working hard renovating upstairs. It has made our living quarters tight, and my craft space even tighter. But you know me, it hasn’t stopped my crafting. Well, common, you know I need the perfect cover for our bed. I had mentioned in a yarn along a while ago about this great book: Modern Basics: Easy Quilts to Fit Your Budget, Space and Style. I fell in love with the quilt on page 50. It didn’t take me long to start collecting fabrics here and there. Here is my pallet:
The blues are more of a light robin’s egg blue. They were really hard to match. But I found some really cool neutral colors to really make the blues stand out. I want a subtle, breezy quilt. I may have cheated a bit. I got an email from Amazon that the Simplicty Rotary Machine was on sale for $40.00 with free shipping. Thinking about my pained hands, I bought it. I was worried because it had a lot of bad reviews, but I listened to the reviews that said, if you watch the directions, you will be fine. Boy, were they right. It is the best tool I have added to my craft room since my ball winder and swift. All my strips were cut in a few hours.
The blue fabric with leaves on the left and the coffee colored strip next to it will be the main two colors in the quilt. I have started the patchwork (sewing together all the complimentary strips). The picture below will give you an idea of how soft this quilt will look.
I am very please with how it is coming together. I will keep you updated on my process. This is my first quilt that is more than just a bunch of squares. I am sure you remember Griffin’s Quilt. He loves it and won’t sleep without it. I have a feeling I am going to feel the same way about this one.
What are you working on?
Griff has converted to a “big boy bed”. I’ve been struggling with what to do with his room. What will be more grown up than his nursery decor, but not a teenage boy. Last October, I set out to make a room decor. That started with a quilt. I worked with my Mom to draw out the design and figure out fabric. Then it was off to Joanne Fabrics for some inspiration. When I stumbled on this owl fabric, I knew it was the right one.
So here it is. The finished product.
I really enjoyed the process of this quilt. It had so many different steps, that when you started to get bored with one, it was onto the next. I used a high loft batting, so it’s a very thick and poofy quilt. I like that. I tied at the corners of the squares with a heavy thread.
Even my hand made bias tape came out great. I had a few “snafoos” but that is to be expected for a first timer.
The corners gave me the most issues when binding the whole quilt together. They are not as smooth as I’d like, but practice makes perfect right?
I struggled getting pictures to convey how awesome this quilt is. Griffin is in love with it. I finished it up a few night ago, and stuck it up on his bed when he was sleeping. In the morning when he woke up, I heard him say “My quilt, my quilt is finished, here is my quilt! I LOOOVVVVEEE it!” Just hearing that was the best thing ever.
It’s perfect in this space. I do plan on painting over his yellow walls, that was really for his nursery *sigh*. Maybe a nice gray to match the colors in the quilt. I’ll be working on valances for his windows and an accent pillow next. I found this great pillow tutorial and thought it would be perfect to make with the scraps.
A comfy quilt to be enjoyed for years to come. I am so proud of myself and feel giddy every time I lay down with Griff on his bed, or see him hiding under it. It’s so satisfying to make things for those you love.
Griffin’s Quilt is coming right along. I expect to finish it this week (YAY!) Last weekend I spent sewing together my bias tape and thought I’d share. After I had cut all the bias tape strips, it was time to sew ‘em up! So here we go…
I placed right sides together and lined them up so they would make a straight tape. The stripes really helped me during this step.
Then I ran them back through the iron and the bias tape maker.
It made one long long long strip! From here, right side facing down, pinned it to the right side of the quilt. When the tape is opened, it makes a “crease”. Sewing along this fold is called “sewing in the crease”.
I’ve sewn around the whole quilt. The corners are tricky, but I checked out this tutorial at about.com and kinda winged it. I am now sewing the back of the binding with a whip stitch. I have completed two sides, so only two left! I am almost there!
I have been working hard on all my homemade holiday gifts. I have not identified many as such because I want you to be surprised if you are getting it! But this one is going to be a large work in process and I want to share. Griff’s birthday is near Christmas. So what the DH and I decided to do is transform Griff’s bedroom into a “big boy” room. He is already in the toddler bed with Thomas the Train themed bedding passed down from great friends. But we have decided to convert his bed to the full size one, repaint, redecorate and get some new bedding. I wanted to get a quilt. When I started pricing it out for the quality, I wasn’t exactly impressed. SO…I decided to make Griff a quilt. I spent 3 hours on Sunday at Joannes picking out the perfect fabrics. It took forever to find 4 good colors that were the right colors and textures to work. I didn’t want it to be too kiddish, but didn’t want it to be too adult. I think I found a good balance. I have never made a quilt before. I am starting with a simple patchwork with these fabrics…
This will be a new adventure, but I can’t wait to make up his new room! It’s perfect and the perfect homemade holiday 2010 gift!