Monday, April 05, 2010

falling in LOVE

The more I work with this fabric the more I LOVE it. No pun intended, for real. It's really out of my comfort zone to just mish mash all of these colorways together. But I'm really liking it.

Here's some of what I did on the baby's quilt this last week.

I took my strip sets (5 1/2" strips sewn in groups of 3), and cut across the seam lines at 5 1/2",
Creating this:
3 sets of blocks (per 1 strip set) 3 blocks across.  And look at all the block sets together!
I haven't worked out an arrangement yet.  I need a large floor space and two sleeping toddlers.  But see how I have two options with each block set?
I can just flip one set upside down and have polka dots on the left OR the right.  Clever, right?  This is why I had to move half my strip sets to get a polka dot on the end instead of all of them being in the middle.  I just increased my design possibilities two-fold.

I'm just going to sew 3 block sets together to create rows of 9 blocks.  And I will have 12 rows.  The finished block size is 5" so the quilt will end up 45" x 60"  Which is perfect, since the crib size battings come in that size already!  And it's big enough that she (who has yet to be named?!?!  hello!  I only have 3 1/2 more weeks!!!!) will be able to use it for a long time!

I just love this technique, because I certainly don't have the patience to cut out 108 - 5" squares and sew them all together. One. By. One.

Basically, I'm a cheater.  Don't tell, okay?

These are some of the pieces of which I had more than just a fat quarter.  They've been draped over the back of my chair for over a week calling to me.  A bag? Crib dust ruffle?  Sheets?  Bumpers (what's the deal with bumpers anyway?  Are we not supposed to use them anymore?)?

Hello, comfort zone!  How are you doing?

Baby update:  I started on my weekly appointments two weeks ago.  Because of my history, I have to start those about 6-7 weeks before my due date.  I get an ultrasound, a non-stress test and a visit with my doctor and/or his midwife (who I adore).  So far everything is looking really great.  She is already 6 pounds and we have an induction scheduled for the 29th of THIS MONTH. It's a Thursday.  Maybe I can swing some pictures for my guest sew and teller that Friday.  :)

So while I probably ought to be cleaning and getting my crap stuff torched thrown out organized, I'm getting a lot of sewing done.  What a fun way to procrastinate!  And it really helps that both of my kids have been sick the last few days.  And that my little guy woke me up a couple hours ago burning up with a horrible sounding cough.  So yes, when you see the post time as 3 am, that's right.  I'm going to be tired tomorrow.

13 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Artfulife said...

Amy my little one started a cough this morning too. Must be all this frigid spring weather. Hope you get your quilt finished before the baby comes. Hopefully she will come on her own ;) Hope you guys had a happy Easter!

Lara said...

It's going to be one LOVEly baby quilt Amy... hehe sorry it's just so easy. Best way to procrastinate is sewing. Love it!! Haha there I go again. So pleased to hear everything is going well!!

Leslie said...

oh fun...i love a plan that makes it easier to piece everything together. cheating definitely works.

Barb said...

Love the fabrics...I can see why you love them.

Elizabeth said...

That is really fun. It will make a beautiful baby blanket! And you're not a 'cheater,' you're efficient.

Anonymous said...

Pretty Pretty Pretty! And I totally understand the confusion over whether or not bumpers are "ok" any more! I made some for my boys.

Unknown said...

I adore this quilt and think that the fabrics are perfect together! I'd saying going outside of your comfort zone definitely works for you :) I'll be following your blog!


Dee said...

Having btdt, you need all the rest you're allowed, lots of take out, someone to watch the kids while you take a short, happy walk and sewing time galore!

Sending you encouragement and a hug today!

Carla said...

The quilt is going to come out gorgeous! I say make a crib ruffle and a bumper. They would look perfect with the quilt!

Oh my goodness, I remember going through the wee hours of the morning with sick kids. I hope they feel better soon. And you get yourself some rest too.

Stephanie said...

hey sewing soulmate! i'm finally starting that sewing society that alicia told you about!!

email me your mailing address so i can send you the official invite:



Rene' said...

Hey Amy, you've been busy! I'd say the nesting has officially kicked in. Love all your LOVE blocks. You have a great plan there with the layout. Best wishes with the sick kids and the baby on the way! Wow, your due date is quickly approaching! Very exciting!

Debbie said...

i honestly don't know how you do it with 2 little ones and prego (VERY prego too) you are amazing!!!! i miss you!!!

Vicki said...

It's going to be so pretty. I think bumpers are a no-no now... but I'm not totally sure on that. They are recommending rearfacing in their carseat until 2 years old though! (My little one is 17 months and not even 20 lbs... I have no problem keeping her backwards.) Hope you're having a good day!

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