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.
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!
Makes a great I spy quilt for kids. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! Those are my favorite kind for kids.
Your point about quilting to give order to a disordered life makes so much sense to me! You can control the details and the outcome is always pleasant–keep at it!
Yes, even if it doesn’t turn out as well as you hope, it still feels like a part of life where you are actually in control! 🙂
Very happy blankets.
Thank you! They include three fabrics where I used up every last bit, without running short! That is unusual for me so maybe my happiness got expressed in the quilts. 🙂
Those are awesome!!!! Such a great technique, too! Don’t ya just love not having to match up seams???? They just ‘glow’ summer sky blue and will bring total happiness to whomever receives them. Fab job!!!!!! And, BTW, thanks so much for the “shout out”!!!! I can’t wait for your reno reveal!!!!! Quilting is great therapy!!!!!
So glad to give you a shout out – I love your blog! You are such a prolific and inspiring writer, and so generous with all your tips and ideas.
You truly touched my heart with your sweet comment. I so treasure you, my “bloggy friend”, and feel like I have gained so many special relationships through my posts. I have mentioned before that when I began this on-line journey I never thought about the wonderful blessings that would result…….and you are one of them!!!!! Hugs……………
Thanks! I can’t wait to do more quilts with the same pattern but different fabrics.
On occasion I made comfort blankets for my local children’s hospital, and I appreciate the idea of doing them as quilt as you go. The lady who coordinates this project near me has us tie the front and flannel backs together (no batting) but I like something a bit more secure. And, yes, I’m sure the variety of fabrics makes these more interesting for their recipients.
I tried tying a quilt one time, and I swear it took me as long as quilting it would have! Although I admit I don’t quilt very elaborately on baby quilts, but still, it took way longer than I expected.