Monday, July 23, 2012

A Summer Solstice Quilt

At my daughter's amazing Waldorf Inspired school, The Seaside Playgarden the children receive school symbols at the beginning of the year. These symbols are used instead of the child's name on all of the child's stuff (art, cubby, socks....). The day my daughter received her symbol, the snail, I set out to find fabric with snails on it. I was so happy when I found Happier by Deena Rutter for Riley BlakeIt had all of my favorites: snails, trees, butterflies, ladybugs..... I ordered a jelly roll and set out to make my first REAL quilt. I looked at books, the internet, blogs... and well, came up with my own design!

The front is the jelly roll pieces cut into random sizes and then sewn together. I had so many firsts with this project! First time I made my own binding, first time I sewed my own binding on by hand, first time quilting anything this large! I am so happy with the outcome! The quilting is simple, wonky, random, lovely, lines! It was easy and it gives it the perfect feel!  I am ready to tackle my next quilt. I think this time I am going to follow someone else's pattern! Another first :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

My First Baby Quilt

A sweet friend of mine recently had baby #4, a little boy. I figured it was the perfect excuse to buy some fabric! I have been obsessing, recently, with all things quilting! I made my first quilt last year. It was just a large square patchwork with no actual quilting. I just tied it with thread. I have been working on piecing together quilt #2 for a few months now. Quilt #2 is a twin size quilt so it is rather large and since I am not capable of truly following a pattern, I am winging it! The pattern in my own design. (I do not recommend winging your second quilt). Anyway, a baby quilt seemed like a nice, quick, learning project!