I've recently been in contact with a wonderful young woman who is expecting her first baby. She is a teen mom - and she'll be a great one.
A number of supporting adults in her life decided to throw her a baby shower and I decided to make her a quilt. Every little baby needs something handmade. She said she'd like animals, so that's what she got.
I've used this quilt pattern before - it's borrowed from Buttons. It's a quick and easy one with great results.
The fabric is all Ann Kelle - except I think the orange dots are from someone else. Some of this fabric I purchased for this project, but most is from my stash and the stash of Buttons. (Quilty friends are the best).
I did straight line quilt-in-the-ditch, which worked great.
I did have a near binding mishap. I've recently started doing a diagonal seam in my binding, after years of a straight seam to join strips. I like the diagonal better because it reduces bulk. My brain hasn't quite caught up to adjusting the math though.
Here's where I ended up
about 1/2" shy of doing a diagonal seam, so I straight seamed it at the end.
This quilt was gifted on Fri and the mom-to-be was thrilled.
It's hot here in my part of the world. It's humid and hot and feels more like July than the end of May.
I don't like this weather much, so I spend a lot of time inside - stitching.
Working on this makes me feel a little cooler.
Slowly but surely I'm getting this large panel finished. I'm glad to be finished all the music lines - they were tedious. At this end of the panel are a few singing snowmen and a tree. Then I'll go back and do all the snowflakes along the top. I've rolled the finished part now to help protect it and keep it clean. It's working, but making it really wrinkly.
I'm making progress. I finished piecing on Monday night and Tuesday night I used batting tape to attach some pieces of batting together to fit this quilt.
Today I basted the layers and started quilting.
All the fabric is Ann Kelle and I'm super pleased.
I'm linking to Sew Fresh Quilts Let's Bee Social
Thanks everyone for the kind comments from last week. And Lynn - there is a slight odour left from the vinegar, then I rinsed in cold water and it disappeared. And my thread isn't shredding so I'm very happy about that.
On the hand stitching front, I joined a campaign to make quilt blocks to send to people in Fort McMurray who have lost their homes. This one is sponsored by the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild and you can learn more about it here and here. They are asking for 12.5" unfinished maple leaf blocks. I've enlisted the help of Buttons and the Perfectionist as well and we'll pool our blocks to send them together.
I started with these two blocks
I used the freezer paper method and hand appliqued these leaves down. I'm very happy with them. I'll make a total of 4 more blocks, in 2 different styles.
My Winter Wonderland is coming along, slowly but surely. It's getting quite wrinkly - the creases will iron out. The fabric is so big that I roll the stitched portion both to protect it and keep it out of my way.
I got stalled. I signed up for the Finish Along 2016. That's it. I've made very little progress since then.
I don't know why.
I read a blog post a while ago about just start. Just cut the fabric and turn on the machine.
So, I'm working on that.
This quilt is all cut out and just needs to be pieced. I've made this pattern before and it's pretty simple. This is a gift - for a student at school who is expecting a baby and in great need of supplies for the baby. I know it will be appreciated.
Here's what I've got so far. Next week I'll have more to report.