|this is a crappy pic, should I install better lighting in my sewing room?|
Marston/Moran book..) to find the ones that read clearly "boy" because this quilt is for a friend's baby, and I haven't met her husband or talked to her at length in 10 years, and I didn't know how open they would be to having pink or hearts in their baby quilt (FYI, I'm all for gender mixing in George's toys, in case you were planning to make him anything ;) ). I had some strips of 6 squares, and a bunch of twosies.
I started filling in the gaps with any bright fabrics lying within arm's reach of the cutting table. At first it was just colored fabrics, then I sifted through the bin of 3.5" squares, and then I remembered the entire pile of novelty fabrics in a bin in the closet.. (seeing the dino print left over from george's apron reminded me). I didn't really dig for fabrics, but I knew I had a lot of cute prints that would be fun for this baby and his parents to find as he grows. I fussy cut into a scrap of sock monkeys from V's retreat, added in a dino from the apron scraps, and just pulled fabrics from around the room, being drawn to something if it was the right size or had a fun print. I gave George a couple of squares at a time and told him to put them up on the wall. Sometimes I'd leave them where he put them, sometimes I'd come up with a creative "reason" that we should move them around.
|Most of the time he was content to hide in my new Ikea scrap bin..|
I pieced all the squares and then started in on the letters..
See, I'm a frugal (stingy?) quilter. I wanted to know how big my center would be so I could trim the borders and use the border edges to assemble the letters. I am not really one to plan things out with measurements and numbers, I would rather just feel it out. I have a pretty good eye when it comes to estimating how much fabric I'll need, and even though I love scraps, I don't like to waste fabric.
The letters came together pretty easily, but it has been a while since I pieced letters and I could tell I was out of practice. (my "L" has way too many seams..). When the name was all done, I put two borders on and then pinned it back to the design wall. I thought I'd go to sleep, but instead I pulled fabrics for the backing, laying out a strip of squares to piece in with a label. Then I went to bed..
(backing photos in the reveal post..)
I think it's a really good idea to piece the backing before the top is complete because so often my quilts stall at the top stage because I just can't push myself to piece a back. Does that happen to you? I guess it's like forcing myself to clean the bathroom before I can take a shower.. ah, the little games we play to get things done..
I basted and quilted it today and all that's left is to stitch down the binding. The family's coming for a visit on Thursday, I think it'll be done by then.