First Completed Quilt

And I’ve finally completed my first quilt! I know I’ve been absent on the blog recently, but I’ve been working on one crafting related side project (which crosses over into my occupation of being a software developer), and then a new video game came out, so I’ve been playing a bit of that. But, with my husband’s sister and her family coming to stay with us soon, I needed to get some projects cleaned up in the craft room, I mean, spare bedroom, so that they would have a place to stay. After picking up a good color of thread for the binding (because a type of top stitching would be involved), I finished up the quilt with minimum errors.

Completed owl-themed baby quilt

Completed owl-themed baby quilt

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Quilt Top Completed

This afternoon, I finished the quilt top.  I really like the way it turned out. Now, I just need to get some batting, cut and sew the backing fabric, bind and quilt (or quilt and bind, not sure on the order of that).

Finished quilt top doesn't quite fit on my craft table

Finished quilt top doesn't quite fit on my craft table

After finishing the quilt top, I’ve been working a lot on the Unicorn quilt this evening. I was cutting out each of the pieces and stuffing them in envelopes so Mom could adhere them to the block before satin-stitching them, but it turns out that some of those tiny applique pieces were getting lost. And just to speed things up, I’m going to be adhering them to the background blocks before giving them to her to satin-stitch.

The way I place my pieces is by tracing, yet again (that’s three tracings per block, if I’m counting correctly), a rough of the design onto an overhead projector sheet, and then carefully placing (with tweezers) the pieces where they need to go, using the trace on the transparent sheet as a guide. My husband noticed me working on that this afternoon and asked what I was doing. My reply: “Surgery.” :)  It does reminds me of playing a game of Operation!

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Baby Quilt Progress

Got all the blocks sewn together today, and 2/5 of the quilt-top stitched together. It looks ridiculously busy, but I think that’s good for a baby quilt :)  Kids like colors, right?

Two rows of five completed

Two rows of five completed

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First Baby Quilt

Friends of ours are having a baby. Instead of spending another 150 hours on a cross-stitch (since I’m in the middle of one already), I’m doing something a little more practical–and functional: a quilt!

Despite the posts of the appliqued blocks, I’ve never done a real pieced quilt before. I wanted a pattern that was fun, but easy enough for a novice like me to cut, sew, and complete on my own. (Although, Mom did offer to do the quilting part).

When I told her of my plans for my upcoming project, she scoured her Fons and Porter magazines at home for patterns she thought I would like. The first one is the one I decided on. It’s called “Aromatherapy“, and although the fabric choices are definitely “spa-esque”, the pattern is really easy, and would showcase the fabric I picked out. Our friends are doing a “retro owl” theme for their baby, so I found this cute collection called “Bright Owl“.

I’ve been incredibly busy this week, so last night, I finally got around to cutting my strips of fabric after receiving it on Monday and washing it on Tuesday. Caught up a bit on my queue of videos in Hulu, and got most of my fabric cut out.

Owls!

Owls!

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