Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A little crafting here and there ... and a Boy Quilt

So, it's not quite been a year since I shared something here ...! I've been sewing and crafting a little here and there during that time, but I didn't really manage to share any of it here. I've been uploading project pics to my flickr account with good intentions, though ... :-D So, better late than never, I guess. It's actually quite nice to revisit those pictures and think about the process of the projects again!

Two good friends of mine had babies last summer, so I made two baby quilts, one for a girl, one for a boy!

Cub Crawl baby quilt

The boy quilt was made with hoarded  Happy Drawing plus some coordinating blenders. The pattern was Cub Crawl Baby Quilt by John Q. Adams of Quilt Dad (from the book Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters).

Cub Crawl baby quilt

This was a fun a relatively quick quilt to cut and sew! I really like how it turned out and it would be fun to some day try the same pattern in a totally different style of fabric! I free-motion quilted it with zigzags around the squares and scribbles in the big rectangles.

Cub Crawl baby quilt

I first planned to make a pieced backing from my remaining yardage of Happy Drawing, but I wanted to get it finished for our first meeting with the little baby boy, so I decided to use a cut of Anna Maria Horner voile I had stashed away, which happened to both be the perfect size and match the style of the quilt perfectly! Also, it made for a very soft and snuggly quilt!

Cub Crawl baby quilt

For a quick and durable binding I opted for the zigzag binding method (tutorial at Stitched in Color) and really liked the outcome! I think this style of binding goes well with this quilt and it was fun to try something new!

Cub Crawl baby quilt

With this project I was able to make a quilt that all my friend's family love and use, which of course was the best part of it!!! Other things I'm happy about are that I was able to use long loved and hoarded fabric and try out a pattern that I've been wanting to try for years! It was fun to pull the main prints from one collection (so I was not overwhelmed by the possibilities or held back by indecision) and then raid my stash for the coordinating blenders!

I hope I'll get around to talking about some of my other projects, soon! :-)