In progress, a baby quilt

Friends who are also neighbours of my sister, and whom I’ve known long enough to be casual friends? good acquaintances? had a baby last week. I knew the baby was coming (because really, who is surprised by a baby’s arrival?!) but I procrastinate and I’m busy but I finally got down to it. My sister said I didn’t need to make them a quilt but I was all “pshaw, I’m a quilter and that’s what I do, so step off!*”

I asked for details in the casual way quilters have, and was told:


I have this fabric, given to me by my sister. It was the best of the bunch she gave me for my birthday last year.


These are dragon-esque right?

I did a preliminary fabric pull which was so exciting. I love fabric! All the fabric!


But I calmed down and refined my pull. It is just a baby quilt after all, not a king size quilt.


I started five blocks and was unsure of how to proceed. I love having digital cameras handy to evaluate options.

Option 1 on the left with nine blocks and option 2 on the right, five blocks with rail fence blocks as spacers. 

I had Sunday off so I made four more blocks and was able to complete the top, baste and quilt it. Now I need to do the binding, label it and mail it!

Since this is all scraps, I’m linking up with Quilting is More Fun than Housework!  


*I totally love my sister. I think she was trying to save me some work. I’m excited about having a reason to make a quilt. I hope one day she’ll understand.


Non-quilt sewing

Nine years ago I started doing something that is now a tradition in my family; each year I make my daughters a dress for their birthdays. I give them a short list of patterns to choose from and I allow them considerable veto power over fabric choice and decisions.

This year B wanted overall-shorts but I re-directed her to just shorts.


These are longer than hotpants if you can believe it.


I personally wouldn’t have chosen sparkly stretch denim, but then I’m about 30 years too old for that to be my favourite.


And if you’re working with sparkly stretch denim then sparkly rainbow metallic thread is a good choice too.

I’ve never done that style of pocket before. Nor that kind of fly zipper. Last night was a steep learning curve, but a quick one. Start to finish was less than three hours. And B is tickled to death with these.