Sunday, July 24, 2011

A host of color

Decided I would attempt to make a baby quilt for some friends, and after much hemming and hawing, decided to basically make it up as I went along.  The colors already in mind for this kid are yellow and grey, so I picked my quilt fabric pieces accordingly.
 Yep, had to add a little turquoise in there. I'm actually really really enjoying this color scheme, though it's not one I would have chosen for myself.  I managed to get a bit of Kokka (the moons at the bottom) which also made me happy. 

The plan is to make 6 12 in squares in different styles and then sash them together with some darker grey fabric (not yet in my possession.)  I felt like I made good progress this weekend, not only acquiring the fabric but making up two of the squares this morning!

These are in the log cabin style (you start with a center square and then sew fabric on, one side at a time. A nice easy place to start.  This picture isn't great, but you can see there's a thin strip of fabric around the top block?  I somehow miscalculated the width of the strips, so I had to add a bit more on the edge.  It was kind of a pain, but I like the look!

The other four blocks will be different styles.  I've been inspired by the Summer Sampler Series being hosted by three impressive seamstresses (hmm, sewers? crafters?), so I may very likely copy one or two of the blocks they have laid out for the rest of this blanket. 

I'm excited so far, but there are still so many unknowns!  The actual "quilting part", figuring out the backing (maybe a flannel?), not to mention the binding and the cushy-part that goes between the top and back quilt layers.  The fact that I cannot remember the word for that part may be a bad sign! 


megan said...

gorgeous fabric and lovely squares! and the word you're looking for is batting :)

Elizabeth said...

Ha, batting, yes! ;)

Valerie said...

is that how you spell it?? i guess i've never seen it written, as i think of it as "badding".

i love that quilting is getting more play here! i have not gone for log cabin quilting because i feared that the project would take too long, and in discouragement i would abandon it. (apparently a theme- see previous pink scarf!). your log cabins are inspiring me, though. i might have to try and make myself a pillow this weekend!

on size of blocks: i've seen suggestions that you can make blocks bigger, then just cut them all to be identical before you piece them together. my mom (a truly amazing quilter) claims this is her method to make all her corners look amazingly perfect.

HEB said...

I'm sure you're not surprised that I think the teal makes the color scheme perfect! Looking forward to seeing the final product: I'm sure it will be lovely!