Yesterday I got my favorite type of package in the mail… fabric!! I bought a few things from Fresh-Squeezed Fabrics on Etsy. This is the first time I’ve purchased any fabric from an Etsy shop and it was a great experience. There are so many beautiful fabrics in this shop, the customer service was great, and the shipping was super fast (which is good because I’m always so impatient to receive my fabric once I buy it!) There aren’t any local quilt shops near me so I still like to support smaller businesses if I can, and in this case, Etsy makes it possible!
Image Source: Fresh Squeezed Fabric Etsy Shop
I ordered a fat quarter bundle of Color me Retro which I am going to be making into a baby quilt for a good friend who is leaving the gender a surprise. I think it’s gender-neutral enough without being the traditional pastel green and yellow that seems to be the only colors the expectant parents receive when they don’t know if it is a boy or girl yet.
I also purchased an 8-piece fat quarter set of a random variety of designers for some stash building. My only request was no pink and she put together a beautiful bundle for me.
The last thing I ordered was a mini charm set of Happy Go Lucky By Bonnie and Camille for Moda. These are adorable teensy charm squares that I have no idea what I’m going to do with but I love them nonetheless! I’ll probably just pull them out and stare at them from time to time. But seriously, I’m sure I’ll find something to do with these cute little squares!
I’ve made a bit more progress with my black and white zig zag quilt. I’ve done a little more than half of the quilting on it. I chose to do a swirly free motion quilting pattern. This is the first time I’ve done anything besides straight line quilting or stippling so I’m pretty proud of myself for learning something new. It was a little slow-going at first, but things started to pick up once I got the hang of it. I used a charcoal gray fleece for the backing . I just love quilts backed with fleece. I know it’s not traditional, but it’s just so cozy! This quilt has already been being used to cuddle with on the couch even though it’s half-filled with safety pins. It’s safe to say this will be a well-loved quilt in our home.
I love the way the swirls look on the dark backing.
What have you all been working on this past week? Any good projects to share?
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This past week has been very busy, but I’ve managed to get quite a bit of work done on my black and white zig zag quilt.
Now I just have to sew the rows together, quilt, and bind it. I’m brainstorming what kind of quilting to do with it. I feel like I always do stippling or straight line quilting and I want to try to stretch myself a little and do something different. I was thinking possibly doing straight line quilting on the actual patterned zig zags and then some sort of free motion quilting in the white space, perhaps something swirly that breaks up the geometric pattern of the zig zags. Any suggestions out there?
I’m hoping to finish this quilt this weekend but if I’m realistic, I know that’s not going to happen. I’ve got a couple of busy days of work ahead of me and Saturday is going to be a full day of spring actvivities! We’re going to build some raised beds for our vegetable garden. The first plant that’s going in are my peas. My tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and herbs are all growing happily inside under flouresent lights until it’s warm enough to transplant them outside in a few weeks. Can’t wait for the spring to finally get here!
Linking up at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday. Let me know if you’re visiting from there; I would love to hear from you!
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One of the main reasons I started this blog was to keep track of all the different projects I do so today I want to go back and show you all the first quilt I ever made. Sometime last winter, I got it in my head that I really wanted to learn how to quilt. I can’t remember exactly what influenced me but I think it might have been visiting this adorable little quilt shop in Vermont when we were there for a long weekend, looking at all the pretty quilts on the wall and thinking, “hmm, I want to try to make something like that!”. I decided to make my first quilt as a gift to my mom for Mother’s Day.
My next step after deciding I wanted to make a quilt was to learn how to! I decided on the book The Practical Guide to Patchwork, by Elizabeth Hartman.
I loved this book. I found it fairly easy to understand the basics of quilting and how to get started. The instructions were so detailed and the patterns were easy to follow. I picked out a pattern that I thought my mom would like and then bought some pretty fabric. I went with a collection of fabric, California Girl by Moda, because I wasn’t confident enough to choose fabrics that I thought would go well together. It’s still a skill I’m working on today.
After much cutting and pinning and worrying, I got to sewing. It took much, much longer than I had thought it would. (Picking up on that chain-piecing tip in the book would’ve helped quite a bit!) Regardless, I was hooked. I wasn’t even halfway done with my mom’s quilt and I wanted to make another one!
For the quilting, I decided to use the stippling technique I learned in the book. (Why I decided to do this for my first quilt instead of straight line quilting is beyond me) After a couple of days of frustration, I finally got the hang of it, and finished the quilting and binding with just hours to spare until Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day Quilt Front
Mother’s Day Quilt back – still one of my favorite back designs to this day