I was tempted to show you my experiments with my new macro doohickeys, or tell you about my new 365 Project for 2011, but I could feel the collective eye-rolling from those of you who really don’t care about photography.
I always get a little twitchy when I post too many times in a row on the same topic. I imagine readers fleeing by the dozens out of boredom.
So instead, if you do like to see where I’ve been pointing my lens, I invite you to follow those links, and if you don’t, well, let’s indulge in a little something new. Perhaps a sewing project?
Remember that American Jane “Punctuation” charm pack I was playing with a few months ago? I’d had it in my mind then that it would make a nice crib/floor quilt for my new nephew. Right away, I ordered a yard of one of the prints to use as a backing, and then naturally I waited until the week before Christmas to actually put it together. Luckily, it only took me one entire day from start to finish. (And now that I know I can make a quilt in a day if I have to, I may stop dragging my feet on the other quilt projects I have been poised to begin for over a year now. Maybe.)
I began by spreading out my squares on the floor again. I decided there were prints I didn’t like – anything in the black colorway, and the ticket-stub patterns – so I took them out. I knew I needed more squares if the quilt was going to be roughly 45×36, so I dug up some other American Jane charm packs I’d been hording (Snippets and Happy Campers) and spent two hours arranging squares.
Seriously, two hours. It takes a long time to make this kind of thing look totally random, you know.
I made sure no two squares of the same color or pattern were adjacent to each other, and then I added some solid linen squares (in navy blue and natural) being careful that they were equally-distributed among the rows and columns.
I sewed all of the squares together, and then took out the yard of green alphabet fabric I was going to use for the backing. The only problem? The shop I bought it from accidentally only sent me 1/2 yard. Not wanting to wait for them to send me another yard, I got creative and added some linen panels to the 1/2 yard and made a four-part backing. I think I like this arrangement better than the solid piece of alphabet fabric I was originally going for.
When I started this, I had planned not to bind it, or to quilt it. I was going to tie it together at intervals like these lap quilts I’d previously made. But somewhere along the line I decided to machine-quilt a simple straight-line pattern. And that led to binding it in the navy blue linen. Another change to the plan that I think made a better final product than what I’d had in mind.
Here’s to veering from the plan!
I used a super soft cotton bamboo fleece for the batting.
I thought I had snapped a few photos after I’d hand-sewn the binding, run the finished quilt through the washing machine and gotten it all deliciously crinkled, but it seems I didn’t. And now it’s safely in the hands of my nephew and his parents, so I guess you’ll have to take my word for it that, yes, it was deliciously crinkled.
By the way, the same day I made this quilt, I was overtaken with a case of temporary insanity and decided that I needed to make two more, twin bed size, for my own boys. Instead of charm squares, I ordered layer cakes, which feature squares 10-inches wide instead of 5-inches. And rather than a mix of American Jane, I chose just one collection: Happy Campers. There’s a lot about those patterns that say “boy” to me without saying “baby boy” and that’s not an easy thing to find in a fabric collection!
Someday I’ll show you those quilts. I have to actually make them first. We keep talking about getting bunk beds for the kids, and when we do, they’ll need new mama-made quilts to celebrate. Right? In the meantime I have to avoid being tempted by more of those yummy vintagey American Jane precuts.
Wish me luck.