Monday, February 20, 2012

Quilts, Quilts & More Quilts

The front of the quilt

I thought it was about time I show you guys what's been taking up so much of my time (aside from sick kids & a remodel). I'm happy to say the two quilts are almost done! I trimmed them up this weekend & prepped the binding. Tomorrow after I get the girls off to school I'll finish sewing it on. I love this part of the quilting process. When I'm hand stitching the binding on I'm able to put on my favorite movies & listen as I work. It's calming & relaxing. It also means I'm almost done with my first two quilts!!!!

Back of quilt

I'd be lying if I wasn't a little nervous about sending these off in the mail. It's taken me so very long to finish them & I hope that my dear friend is happy with them. Do you see the green glove on the right hand of the quilt? My neighbor & his friend saw me struggling with the quilt. I thought maybe I could hang it up in the tree with clothespins, ha! It was way too heavy. They offered to come & hold it up so I could take a picture. The guys had been working on a truck & offered to put the gloves on so they wouldn't get grease on it. Aren't great neighbors the best?

 Another reason I'm excited about finishing up these quilts is I'm joining in on the Old Red Barn Co. Quilt Along! You can find out all about it ::here:: If you've been thinking about trying your hand at quilting this would be a perfect beginners quilt. If you can sew a straight line you will be able to make this quilt. I chose to make a baby sized quilt, but they have the measurements for all different sizes. I wanted something small to work on while I start my next set of quilts. I also have a few WIP that I need to finish up. I am really happy about my fabric choice. I have had the above vintage little boy fabric for years. I love them so much but haven't had anything to use them for. Until now. I was so nervous cutting them but I'm glad I did. I had just enough too! It was meant to be :) Please tell me I'm not the only one that has a hard time cutting up their favorite fabrics?

I decided to go with all gingham for the remainder of the quilt. Call me crazy but I think it will all actually work together. The big blue gingham is for the back, the little blue gingham will be for the front background & the red gingham is to add a pop of color with the binding. I'm making this little quilt for Oblio. It will be fun to see if it turns out. What do you think, too much gingham?

How about you, what have you been working on?