This is a blog about my adventures trying to discover a "Life After Diapers." To prove to myself (and hopefully other women) that we can have a fulfilling life while raising and nurturing our children and husbands.
Friday, September 17, 2010
My first REAL quilt!!!
Wednesday I decided to be daring and try something new....
I had seen the tutorial for a "Magic Baby Quilt" on a wonderful blog and fabric shop called Piece 'N Quilt
I obviously did not use the same fabric they did. I LOVED the pattern and after reading the tutorial and seeing how easy it was decided to have a go at it.
I headed to JoAnn's and attempted to pick 14 different fabrics to make this quilt with...which is no easy task when you have 2 young kids in tow!!
I have to admit it was fun picking fabrics and trying to make sure they all go together - and I think that I did a pretty good job considering every 15 seconds or so I could be heard repeating "Karyl, would you please give Freddie his car back that he just threw on the floor."
I decided I wanted a brown and pink theme....then I realized that I had to break it up, so I decided that blue and brown would go well with the pink and brown. I also got extra fabric to make strips for the backing to use in between the white flannel I am going to put on it (yes, cotton on the front, flannel on the back...don't judge me!!)
I can't wait to work on the backing today and maybe, if I have enough batting, I will sew it together today.
When I get the back done I will post pictures of it....
Then I will attempt another first...binding!!! I saw a wonderful how-to video on YouTube about binding that included corners and connecting it/finishing it off. I will post the links to the video when I do the binding for those of you who might want to see them.
I will also post my "interpretation" of the instructions for this quilt later on...like I said, it was SUPER easy and I LOVE the way it looks. I am planning on *gasp* machine quilting this baby quilt on my little Singer machine. I am trying to find a darning foot, but I think I will have to order it directly from Singer. If I can't get the foot now or still need some practice machine quilting I will just use the "stitch in the ditch" technique with a walking foot. Luckily, when my mom gave me her good old Singer (literally...it's like 30+ years old) she had a walking foot that matches my machine, so I don't have to buy one!! I can't wait to get her machine fixed and start using it...nothing beats a sold metal sewing machine!!
Alrighty....back to work....those hospital reports don't type themselves!!