First Finish of 2011- Oliver’s quilt!
It’s done! And shipped! On time for the baby shower! I almost didn’t get it done in time, but thanks to some marathon nights, it was quilted and bound and off to the jolly postman.
Yes, it is totally taped to the wall. Gasp! My handy quilt holder-upper was off at work and Eleanor and Graham aren’t quite trained in that area yet.
But, I did have a little helper who wanted to be in the pictures. Funny, when I want to take her picture, she becomes Little Miss Shy.
I used the book Word Play Quilts, by Tonya Ricucci to help with the letters for the baby’s name. It’s a great resource!
I used a hera marker to mark off the quilting lines. It was soooo useful. I knew my fabric marking pen would run out after the first zig zag. The hera marker isn’t really a marker like you think. It leaves a crease in the fabric that you can see easily. Marking the top went much more quickly than I expected. I’ve become a complete convert to spray basting, too. No more tucks in the back that I don’t notice until it’s quilted. No more pins to take out or get in the way while I’m quilting. Does anyone else find it to be amazing?
I sat and bound this quilt late one night, with everyone else alseep- Richie included. I listened to a bunch of podcasts on my iTunes. Windows open. In January, I might add. I’m still getting the ‘this is surreal’ feeling about the weather here in San Diego. Especially when I think about the snow storm hitting Kansas City. Anyway, imagine my surprise when I finished binding and turned the quilt top over…. and saw this:
I laughed. I couldn’t have done that if I tried. Thank you, Gods of Luck.
Other details: Made from Kona solids- the blue and lime and the light blue on the back, and some All Star fabric. Made using the Easy Pinwheels method shown on the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s youtube site. (see link in previous post). I started with squares that were 8″, then cut into four to have Half Square Triangles that were 5.25″. (I’m 95% sure. Can’t remember now!)
And, in non quilting news, I’ll share this. A photo from a recent evening. Richie noticed a beautiful sunset as we were finishing dinner. He said, “I bet if we hurry, we can get to the beach in time.” The result?