Sunday, January 25, 2009

Quilt planning

Last week, I had the chance to use a 10% off coupon at my local fabric store and one of the things I got was a little set of fabrics for a baby quilt. There are 4 prints and a solid white, for a total of 5 different fabrics. I think I'm going to jump on the whirlygig/pinwheel bandwagon. I'll use the bottom three prints and the white for the blocks and the top print for the sashing- it has a third color in it. That leaves two decisions: how big to do the squares (I don't have the template) and do I want the one with stripes to have the stripes go the long way, the short way, or diagonal?

Any suggestions before I start cutting?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Reproduction Quilt

Several years ago when I first started quilting my grandmother gave me this quilt. It was made by one of her sisters years ago. It has been stored in my closet ever since. I was hoping that when the Bug was born that he'd be born a she and we'd be able to plan his room around it, but that was not to be. I recently pulled it out of storage and put it on the bed in his room because it seems a waste of a quilt not to have it in use. It's very hard to get enjoyment out of something you have stored in the top of a closet. (I would also use my china every day if I had enough room in the kitchen to store it. As is, it's in the basement. One day I'll have a pantry!)

Now that I have it out, I very much want to make my own reproduction quilt. I have my eye on these lovely fabrics. I just need to find a good pattern- I want something that isn't too hard, but is still interesting. Any suggestions?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

So close....

I am so close to having this blog ready to GO! In the meantime, please stop over at Books. Lists. Life. to see what I've been up to!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Calendar Quilt Challenge '09

Rachel of p.s. i quilt has tempted me into my first sewing challenge. This is a calendar quilt challenge, where you sew on one piece A DAY for the entire year (but she says it's ok to do it weekly, thank god.) The quilt itself will look a bit like the quilt I just completed for my aunt, 4 rows of stripes, but all from my stash so hopefully it'll be fun and not totally clashing by the end. The inspiration for this challenge comes from Pat Sloan's Favorite Techniques (scroll down to the bottom for a picture of her Calendar Quilt.) I am hoping that signing up for this will force me downstairs to sew at least a tiny bit every day.

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