Quilt II

I finally finished my second attempt at this quilt. I think I started it in February (maybe January) using scraps from baby blankets I’ve made – it was intended to be an Easter gift for my daughter’s BFF. 

It’s now a birthday gift for her. 

Because I am that on top of this whole quilting thing 🙂

But you must admit, this was speedy compared to the 3.5 years it took me to finish the first one.

I’ve learned a lot about quilting since I started my daughter’s quilt 4 years ago:
  1. Tie your outer corners, or the batting will move like crazy
  2. Cut your tie ends short (if using wool yarn) so it balls up properly (otherwise, they look like ratty fuzzy tails)
  3. Strip cutting is the only way to go, or your squares end up all funky sized.
  4. Cut off the selvage from your fabric piece
  5. Sew with 1/4″ seams! (I know, duh, right? but years of sewing 5/8″ makes 1/4″ seem to tiny to work)
  6. Don’t just lay the batting and back piece on top of the quilt and cut them out using the top piece as a pattern. Measure, measure, measure.
  7. I still don’t love quilting, but I am begining to like how quickly a simple quilt can come together.

And here it is, the BFF’s birthday quilt:



3 Years in the Making

I started peicing this quilt together when I was pregnant with my daughter, about 3 years ago. After unpicking the whole thing to replace a pink that I didn’t like, then resewing it in the wrong order, then resewing it with the incorrect seam allowance (5/8″ is ingrained in my head!), then realizing some of the squares had little cuts in the corners that would fray, well, I finally got it all put together with the sashing.

Only to realize that I had flipped the top and bottom strips and messed up the pattern.

Oh well, it’s got more character now and there is no. way. I’m taking that quilt top apart again.

Now I need to cut the backing out, get some batting and decide if I want to hand quilt, machine quilt or tie it.  I think it all depends on how much more time I’m willing to put into it once I get the back on 🙂