Finally! A Little Quilting

We are still working on our living area renovation, and it is coming along pretty well, but I think I’ll make you wait until we are completely done for the big reveal.

In the meantime, I was so inspired by this quilt, one of the dozens of inspiring things I have seen on Treadlemusic, that I managed a few hours in my sewing room to start some small quilts.

animal quilts

fabric detail

Detail of the fabrics.

I love this pattern because I don’t have to match any points, and I can use lots of different fabric designs.  I make these quilts for kids in the hospital, and I think they need lots of variety in the fabrics, so there is always something new for them to notice as they while away the hours.

I sewed long horizontal strips together first, then cut those strip assemblies up and arranged them in different ways, sometimes supplementing with a scrap to give a more random look.  At this point I have sewed the pieced strips with sashing to the batting and backing – it’s “quilt-as-you-go”, but just enough to hold everything together.  I never breathe easy until I get to that stage.

Now that everything is stabilized, I will add more quilting, bind them, and send them on their way.  With all the chaos of renovating, it’s been so enjoyable to take these fabric pieces and use them to create order somewhere!