Monday, April 26, 2010

the baby quilt, what's next?

I should be in bed right now resting, not staying up too late. (Like I have been, reading this book - which you should read if you haven't.  Amazing true story.  It really deserves a post of it's own.)  But I wanted to show you a few more things I've done for the baby quilt.

As I mentioned last week, I found out that my backing fabric wasn't quite wide enough to give me an extra inch or two that you need in comparison to the quilt top.  (Does that make sense?)  I was getting ready to do my quilt sandwich with my new BFF spray baste when I found this out.  I was immensely discouraged.  I'd gained so much momentum and I just wanted to get it finished!

So like with any problem I have with sewing, I consulted my sewing tips hotline 1-800-CALL-MOM.  I had a plan but wanted to run it by her.  Make sure I added enough fabric to the back, etc, etc.  She approved.

So I took the leftover block sets, that weren't 5.5" - more like 4", and I set to making a row down one long side of the backing fabric.  After messing around with them I got something that looked a little like this:

It's now sewn in place and pressed.  I'm making a large sandwich tomorrow!  Part of me now wishes I'd just use these prints in the quilts and ditched the darker ones, but I know I'm going to love it once it's all said and done.

My little helper came to my rescue again and took the discarded scraps and started arranging them down the other side of the quilt.  I couldn't help but think I might have future Quilt Dad on my hands!
and my last part of this little WIP:
I'm trying to ignore how tired and old I look in this picture and instead remind myself that it's almost over and soon those two little sets of lips will be attacking their new baby sister!  And I'll be at least 8 pounds thinner purely by birthing this big "little" girl.

Thanks everyone for your well wishes on Friday's post. I'm sorry I haven't been able to visit all of you yet!  See you on the other side!

27 crafty mcCrafters commented:

pinksuedeshoe said...

Oh the back is going to be so cute! And I love that pic of him "helping" you. It is just so cute. Good luck this week, I can't wait to see your next big (but still teensy weensy) project!!!

Alisa said...

Just wanted to say that you do NOT look tired and old. You look about ready to pop though :-) Enjoy the last little bit of your pregnancy. Don't fret, just rest and yes, reading is a good idea. Wishing you the best!

Alisa

Mary said...

LOVE the picture of you and your kids! Wishing you all the best and I can't wait to see pics of your sweet new baby girl!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Such a great pic of you three! You are SO close - big hugs!!

Love your quilt back too - I love the top too with all the fabrics :)

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I LOVE that book and Shackelton is a hero in my mind. I'm reading his own account right now titled "South".

Hope the baby comes soon!

Barb said...

Great way to solve the problem.
Love your little helper!!
You look great!!

Lesly said...

Great solution! And you do not look tired and old!

Colleen said...

The quilt looks lovely and I can't wait to see the finished product, but the WIP that is most exciting is that little baby. Congrats.

Sarah Craig said...

First of all, you don't look old and tired - just ready to be holding that baby another way! Love your quilt back - I've been piecing all of mine lately, it uses up more scraps! I usually put my pieced strip towards the middle of the quilt, though, so that I don't lose any of it in the binding. And I think we share a new BFF - basting spray! Isn't it the greatest? Good luck this week - can't wait to see pics of your newest WIP!

ktquilts said...

You and the quilt look great!! I will be praying for your delivery (and the babie's) ;0)

Blessings,

KT

trish said...

Your quilt looks very cute and what a great little helper you have there!
Yes, just a little bit longer and that sweet baby girl will be there to hold and admire. :o) New life - such a blessing!
Have a great week and be sure to put your feet up when you can. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia

*my give a way is going until Friday and I would love to have you along*

Leslie said...

you look lovely, that is a sweet picture of you and your kids! your plan for your quilt looks great.

Valerie said...

Beautiful pic of you and your kiddos! :)

And if you like that Shackleton book, I bet you'd like the documentary movie that came out from the IMAX several years ago. My husband and I really enjoyed it.

Thanks for the Facebook message, too. That made my day!!! :)

beth said...

Love your little family picture! YOu look radiant and your quilt back looks ready to go! Aren't you thankful you have a mom to ask and little helpers around to move the squares for you??;)

Dayna said...

Those colors are so rich! I can't wait to see the finished product.

Your children are so sweet to kiss your belly. I have a photo of my oldest daughter kissing my belly when she was two, awaiting the arrival of her first sibling. I remember that day so vividly. The two girls are 18 and 16 now, with two brothers, 14 & 12, and a sister, almost 11. Time flies. Enjoy your little ones!

Nicole said...

I love that your new baby girl will be swaddled in Amy Butler's LOVE. Very fitting. If your kids were any cuter they'd be bronzed. (And you look really lovely - something about a happy pregnant lady. :))

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Are you kidding? You look beautiful! For some reason I thought yesterday was the day and you kept popping up in my mind. I'll continue to send hugs and happy thoughts your way:)

LollyChops said...

Hush... I think you look completely FABULOUS!!!!

Michelle said...

Beautiful backing--and beautiful mom and family too. :-)

Purple Quilter Queen said...

I love that backing fabric!! I've got to try that whole spray baste too! Do you get it at Joann's? Or someplace like that? Love the last pic most of all! Can't wait to see the newest addition! Jenn

Aunt Spicy said...

you look amazing! and the quilt fabrics are super fabulous!

Lauren said...

You don't look tired at all, or old, you look great. And I love the quilt back, it will look amazing I am sure. I can't wait to see it. Sending you lots of happy thoughts for the new baby's safe arrival!

sewtakeahike said...

ohh Amy, I love the back! It has a story now and that's the best part about quilting!
I did the same thing when I read Endurance. Couldn't put it down!
I'm so giddy excited for you and your family!

ivoryspring said...

Oh Amy - that baby quilt will look so sweet! I thought that picture of your son helping with the quilt was sweet, until I scrolled down and saw your other WIP picture -- that is absolutely darling. That picture made my day. You don't look old and tired - you look like a well-loved Mommy!

HunDuddle Hussy said...

u look mega dreamy...and READY to be done with this preg.

i can't wait to seeeeeee!!!

Sarah said...

You look great! Can't wait to see that baby!

Elizabeth said...

You look absolutely gorgeous and I love the little patchwork strip down the backing of your quilt. It will be fantastic when it is finished. Good luck with the new little one!

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