the brick path quilt

February 20, 2009

I finally finished my brick path quilt last night.  I will have to wait until tomorrow to get some good pictures, hopefully there will be sunlight, but I was so happy to finally have it done that I did my best with my limited photography skills and got some pictures so I could post.

It was pretty straightforward to finish this, and thankfully there was no binding to do, although I had a terrible time getting those pom poms sewn into the corners.  And as you can see from my close up, one little pom pom thread still escaped.  Also, when I washed and dried the quilt after I was done, the pom poms got all linty.  I tried my best to get the lint off, but they still look a little dirty, which makes me a little sad, because I was really into those pom poms! I guess if I make another one of these quilts, I will leave them off.

Its becoming increasingly apparent that until I move into a house or bigger apartment, I’m only going to be able to make lap-sized quilts or smaller.  I dont have the room to lay out the quilt to baste!

That’s the biggest open area I have in my apartment, after I move the coffee table.  I live in a one bedroom apartment so there’s only 4 rooms, the living room being the largest.  As you can see, after laying out the batting and the backing, there’s not room for much else.  I am standing in my windowsill to take this picture. ( I have a huge windows at the far end of my apartment that fill this entire wall, with a low wide sill.) You can also tell I quilt with the tv on.  Shameful, I know!

I really like how the top turned out, even though my “random” assembly ended up having a lot of repeats in the end.  I laid it out on the couch for this picture so you could see have soft and pretty all the colors are.

Squaring up the quilt was really easy.  You can see my sewing table is really an old crate and barrel desk, I wish it was wider, but at least its long enough to get the job done.

In then end, I am happy with how it turned out, problems and all.  After washing it there was an issue with the pom poms and a seam on the edge of the quilt that I had to fix, and I also noticed that I forgot to quilt one of the rows!  After correcting all the issues, it turned out so cute.  I think its a perfect springtime quilt, and I am so over winter right now, its just the thing to perk up this grey time of year.

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a slow start

January 6, 2009

I have had a hard time getting motivated after Christmas.  The beginning of the year is never a good time for me, I have a really hard time and don’t really feel like celebrating.  This is a craft blog though!  But I guess part of it may be that after all of the joy of the holidays, and stress and excitement, I just hit a valley, emotionally speaking.  So even though I have lots of projects in mind for this year, its been hard to get started.  Plus I got two new games for the Wii and that can always be a huge time sink and easy distraction.  So to start the new year off nice and easy, I thought that I would start with a project  that has been pushed off to the side for a long long time.

pattern and fabrics

pattern and fabrics

The camera distorted the colors of the fabric in all these pictures, mostly because I was photographing at night.  Its not so yellow. I bought this Amy Butler Midwest Modern fabric a long time ago to make a quilt for my bed.   Unfortunately with all the babies being born and weddings I had to go to, and Christmas, and birthdays…it got sidetracked.  So I decided to start the year with a project for myself.  I finally started it, and now I am really excited to get it finished.  Sometimes the hardest part is just starting.

the last few fat quarters I needed to cut

the last few fat quarters I needed to cut

I bought fat quarters of all the Ohio Sky colorway fabrics in Midwest Modern.  The blues and greens she uses are some of my favorite colors, very soothing and vintagey.   The quilt itself is fairly simple, 198 4.5″ x 7.5″ blocks, sewn into 18 rows, which are then staggered to create the brick path look.

cutting was fast, nothing complicated here!

cutting was fast, nothing complicated here!

It should come together fairly quickly, but I have had the hardest time finding matching pom poms that the pattern suggests sewing into the corners.  I may leave them out.  But I like pom poms, so I may try searching again or tea dying some white ones to match the creamy colors in the fabric.

ready to start

ready to start

I think getting this done will motivate me for the other projects I have planned for this year.  There are 2, maybe 3 more quilts I have sketched out designs for. This will be the first time trying something without a pattern.  I ordered fabric from equilter.com for one of them which I can’t wait to show you once it arrives.   They were having a huge clearance sale, so I picked up a lot of stuff.

Besides my 2 quilt ideas, my goal is to complete about 4 baby quilts and a bunch of tie dye baby onesies and open up my first etsy shop this year.  I am aiming for a may opening so I think that gives me plenty of time!  There’s a lot to do before that happens, including learning how to take better pictures of my work, and hopefully getting one of my talented friends to help me design a logo and banner for my shop.  I am really excited about doing this so I hope I follow through!