Monday, January 28, 2013

Scrappy Trip Progress ~ 9 Blocks Finished

I was able to make more scrappy trip blocks this weekend. I really love seeing this quilt come together. I have to repeat some of the lighter prints because I'm running low on them. I've decided that this will be the baby's quilt. I was going to use my stash of Bliss, Ruby, and Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for her quilt. Then I started making these and thought they would be perfect for a little girl. So far I'm thinking of a 4x4 layout (16 blocks) so all of the aqua diamonds are complete. I plan to keep working on it and get it finished before the baby is born. Only a few weeks to go :)

These are my two favorite blocks right now. I didn't use the strip technique for these 2 blocks because the fabric was already cut into 2.5" squares. So I pieced them. I've said over and over again through the years on this blog that this is my absolute favorite fabric. It's Sweet by Urban Chicks for Moda. I only have scraps left. I use them very sparingly. I will be sad when it's all gone.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Scrappy Trip Progress

Yup, it is as addictive as I heard it was! And so fast and fun. Guess you know what I'll be doing on this snowy weekend :) Hope you get in some sewing time too!!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I caved...

By now most of you have probably seen all of the Scrappy Trip quilts that have been the recent craze in quilty blogland. I've really liked all of the ones that I have seen so far. Still, I was trying not to start anything new. I wanted to finish up some quilts, bee blocks, use up those leftover blocks I found, etc. Then I saw Charise's blocks for her Scrappy Trip quilt and it was all over! I had to make one "just like hers". I have quite a few of the same prints that Charise used and I hoard them. I decided it was time to use some of them. I pulled my fabrics today and this is my first block. I'm using up the very last of some of my favorite fabrics. I had to piece a few of the strips for this block which you can see in the top right corner with the American Jane red w/ white flower print and the graph paper print. I can see why this quilt along caught on the way it did. These are so easy and fun to piece. I know I'm really late to the party but I am glad I joined in!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Solids Baby Quilt

When I was looking through my unfinished projects for blocks, to make the next baby quilt to give to my midwives, I found the solid blocks I had started way back here. I thought some of them might work as a baby quilt because they were nice and bright and because some mamas aren't into the cutesy baby stuff. They might want something a bit more modern looking.

For the quilting I wanted to do something different than my usual stippling. I decided to quilt random lines from each side for something different (for me). I wasn't sure how I felt about it until it was bound and washed and then, of course, I loved it!

All of the solids were Kona. Kona Cottons have the best names, don't they? I bound the quilt in Kona Ash. I thought that it framed all of those bright colors rather nicely. For the backing I used a print that one of my sisters-in-law gave me a few years ago. All of the stars in the print went pretty well with the blocks on the front.
I really like the instant gratification of making these small quilts. Especially when the blocks are already made. It's also really nice to use blocks that would otherwise sit and not be used for who knows how long. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

36 Patch Baby Quilt

I finished a baby quilt this weekend using the 36 Patches I found in my leftovers bag. I hasn't been washed and dried. So it doesn't have that crinkely feel yet. For the quilting I did some bigger meandering so that it would be softer. Sometimes I quilt my quilts pretty heavily and they can be stiff until washed a few times. I backed it with white muslin I had on hand. It's so soft and I think it will be perfect for a baby. I have a baby size whirlygig quilt and strip quilt planned next. I also have my Granny Squares quilt that I need to quilt. I may do that first. Although the other day when I was looking at it I thought I "might" want to take the borders off and make it much bigger to fit a queen size bed. We'll see. I have so many 2.5" squares that it seems like a good idea.

It seems hard to get a good picture this time of year. It was windy yesterday and overcast today. So please forgive my not so great pictures recently. I do have to find a better spot for picture taking I think. I know there are so many really neat barns and fences around our area that I'd love to use. Maybe when it's warmer I'll venture out and see what I can find.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Quilt Wall

Today I hung up most of my small quilts for my "someday" quilt wall. I have mentioned this quilt wall a few times before. I originally saw it here. I was going to wait until we painted our bedroom but that is just not going to happen before the baby is born. I had to do something though. I am not fond of the wallpaper/border or the color of the room. The wallpaper is bubbling and peeling in spots and it drives me nuts some days. This is my temporary solution to that problem. I can ignore the wallpaper and just look at the quilts. I like it!

If you're wondering why there are 2 quilts on my bed, it's because I'm pregnant. And hot. All the time. So I use our summer quilt while my husband uses the winter quilt. This is about as made as my gets :) 

Thanks for all of the advice on baby quilt sizes. I hope to be putting a top together tonight that I can show you this week. I'm still working on responding to comments. Yahoo does not like my dial-up internet. So I'll be working on that too!

 Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Using Forgotten Quilt Blocks and Quilt Size Question

I pulled out my bag of miscellaneous quilt blocks today to sort through them because I want to make a few small quilts for my midwife to give to her clients. I found some great blocks and it makes me want to really use up my leftover blocks and scraps. These blocks are from Crazy Mom Quilts 36 patch along. I thought I might start with them for the first quilt. My question is ... What size is a good size for a baby quilt? I don't really know that I would need to make them crib sized, just stroller size or something along those lines. But what do you think? Is it not worth making them if they aren't very big? I was thinking maybe something just a bit bigger than the size of a receiving blanket. I would love to hear your thoughts on this!!!

Monday, January 14, 2013

First Finished Quilt of 2013

I am excited to show you my first finish of 2013 and in January none the less!!! I have felt like such a quilting slacker lately so this feels like an accomplishment for me. I used 28 of my Farmer's Wife blocks a little yardage and some charms of Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree (love) to finish the quilt. I did quite a bit of stippling, making it super crinkely. My littlest loves her new quilt and as soon as it was out of the dryer she was ready to take a nap in her new bed with her new quilt. The nap never happened by the way :)

I used my table to baste the quilt so I wouldn't have to climb around all over the floor. It worked out pretty well. I'll be using that method again.

I hope you all are well. We had the stomach flu / flu for the first week of the new year. I'm glad we are better and I can't really complain as it was the first time we have ever had the stomach flu. Obviously, it was miserable and I don't want to revisit it. Ever. So I hope you all are staying healthy and flu free.

The baby and I are doing well. Thank you all for your sweet and encouraging comments on my last post. I plan to continue my new way of eating even after the baby is born. Here's a shot of one of my new favorites. I use a yellow squash or zucchini instead of pasta when we are having spaghetti. It's really good and I don't miss the noodles at all. I found a really great Paleo/Grain Free/ Gluten Free bread recipe and have made that a few times. It's been fun finding so many substitutes for conventional foods.


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