Oct 282013

Whether he’s doing it purposely or not, my oldest son is great at making me want to sew things for him — he cuddles with stuffed animals I make him (for at least a day after I give them to him, heh) and loads his toys up in bags I sew. He’s in the four-year-old class in preschool this year, and a couple of weeks before the beginning of the year, I got it in my head that I wanted to make him a quilt for naptime. Commence no-sleep-for-me week!
books for baby quilt

I made him the Books for Baby quilt from Patchwork, Please!, and even though I didn’t do a great job of putting together fabric that would emphasize the bookiness of the design, I really had fun sewing it up. My OCD self loved how tidy using a pinking rotary blade made the back of the top look!
books for baby, back of the quilt

When I gave him his quilt and asked him to help me take pictures of it, he kept trying to flip it over to the flannel side, saying that the robots were supposed to be the front. Hah!
books for baby quilt close up

Oh well, I still send it to school with him every week. 😀
books for baby quilt with kiddies!

May 182012
Amy's Creative Side

Hi, new person! Sorry, people who’ve already seen this quilt! I’ve only made two quilts so far this year, but I really am fond of my Made in Cherry one. It’s humongous — around 95 inches square — so when we use it as a picnic blanket, it’s like lying down in our living room. (Can you tell we live in a very small place? 😀 )

I used charms from four or five swaps, which was double fun since first I’d had fun swapping, and then I was happy because I actually used the fabric from the swaps. Cosmo helped me pick out the charms for our quilt; I let him have the ones that were cut strangely, and it was so cute the way he carried them around and kept rearranging them on the floor next to me. I also thought it was funny when, while it was still a flimsy and hanging on the back of Sunshine’s crib, Cosmo kept pointing at one of the charms and saying the cats in it were scaaary. 😀 (I forgot to take a picture of the scary one, though.)

I had fun at the quilting stage, for once — I had my new Juki, which goes a majillion stitches a minute and has tons of space, and I wasn’t stressed about how funny my fmq looked since it was destined to be my family’s picnic quilt! I quilted loopies in the star, then tried a different fmq pattern in each of the solid spaces. I like how pebble quilting looks, but it sure doesn’t feel nice! My favorite section is the one of Mario vines because it’s funny how my leaves go from tiny and constipated to huge and droopy, hehe. But I can’t take good pictures of fmq, so here’s a marginally clear picture of the lollipop flowers section.

If you’ve never been here before, thanks for visiting! And if you have been, thanks for keeping me company! Now I’m off to see more beautiful quilts in the festival!