i’ve been spending most of my free time working on a quilt for em’s twin-size big girl bed…my first honest-to-goodness quilt, not just a picnic blanket! this one has much more patchwork, batting, and will reside on a bed, not on a campground picnic bench, and i will see it every day. as a result, i’m completely terrified at each new step…what if the rows don’t line up? what kind of basting do i do (pins, fusible batting, basting spray)? what kind of quilting pattern should i go with (i’m thinking this)? what if i can’t reach the middle while quilting with my normal sewing machine? oh man, SO much hand sewing on the binding…and i need to hand sew it, i haven’t had much luck with making machine-sewn binding look pretty enough.
so far, the top is pieced. i went for the simplest, most low-stress type of patchwork i could think of (a bunch of 6″ squares). i joined them into pairs, then squares, then rows, then joined the rows. i bought batting and environmentally-friendly non-toxic basting spray…and that’s where things stand now. the top is pieced and looks great, it’s full of fabric by my favorite designers plus a smidge of vintage sheeting, and it’s the perfect colors for em’s room. it fits on her bed! i’m seriously thrilled. tomorrow, i shop for backing fabric and binding, and hopefully, during naptime, i will make a nice little quilt sandwich. i’m devouring quilting blogs (film in the fridge and oh, fransson!), i’m draining the brain of a good friend who just took a quilting class, and i’m checking the quilt books i’ve accumulated with the intention of making a quilt someday…there are so many steps and i don’t want to mess it up!
here’s a little sneak peek.
wish me luck!