Hey there! How goes it out there? I wish I had some good excuse for being away from the blog for so long, but the truth is, the speed with which time passes is befuddling me. It's crazy!
After seeing Maggie's posts about nursery decor plans for her baby to be, and being on a quilting binge, I couldn't resist a little patchwork quilt. I went to JoAnn's fabrics one night and bought a bunch of fabrics, then raided my own stash once home to come up with a selection of various prints and solids. The mix and the match, the choosing combinations, it's so much fun for me. A big reason I've always been drawn to fabric and occasionally go on purchasing binges with no specific project in mind. It's also likely why I haven't used solids alone in the past, missing an opportunity to play with design and color specifically. Just more fun things I'm noticing along the way as I continue to explore and learn about quilting.
I improved a little bit with matching my corner points, but there are still many many non matching points:
I'm totally fine with that because it's handmade with so much love. I never even used to look at things like that when looking at quilts, but the more quilting books I look at, and linking around I do, I really respect the quilting artists out there and their mad skillz, and that aspect of the art form. I am not one to pursue perfection in my creating, but I do want to pursue precision when that is something that I believe adds to the creation. And some quilt designs would definitely qualify for that category.
Luckily, this patchwork baby gift doesn't qualify for that. I don't think the journey of learning (thus the imperfect quilting) is anything to be secret about so that's why I'm sharing them up close. Not because I'm proud of them, but because it's a totally welcome part of any creative journey to me. I embrace the participation in something creative so much more than any result.
I made the binding trim out of one of the fabrics.
I did everything on the sewing machine, except sewing the binding to the back, that I did by hand.
I quilted it by sewing machine, sewing first in the ditch, and adding one, two, sometimes three more stitches to the inside of each square. Making things up along the way vs. following any pattern or rule.
Just enough to give it that puckering after washing. I love the way the back looks because of it, those big puffy squares:
I can't remember what size the finished quilt ended up to be. I think it was around 38x58". A baby quilt or lap quilt makes an excellent size if you're not a quilter yet but want to start exploring with it. It's not too big to easily fit under a home sewing machine. And overall it can be done pretty quickly, decreasing the chances of getting intimidated and overwhelmed, (or even bored).
Baby and Mama should receive it today ;).
A little bit of California warmth sent to the other coast this crazy winter season.
Welcome to the world baby Vincent!!!! xo