probably breaking some major sewing blogger rule here by posting two projects in a row made from the same fabric, but i need your help!
we recently painted Em’s room the pink she has been asking for FOREVER. in doing so, i decided she needs a new quilt for her bed, because her old one (my first quilt ever that i was so proud of) was rejected. she said it wasn’t “cozy” and threw it to the ground even if i just folded it at the foot of the bed!
boo, Em! booooo.
i gave it to my sister, and i think my niece is much more appreciative of it. harrumph!
so anyway, i decided to make her a new quilt, which will be all pink solids and backed with flannel so it’s cozy to the touch. i decided it’d be neat to do just one star block on a field of pink. i purchased the ever-popular swoon pattern and then decided that since i’ve never done a complicated pieced block before, i should make one for practice. that’s where this one comes in. i made it from washi two scraps of dear stella, kona snow, and some peach shot cotton (note: mixing shot cotton in with quilting cotton is rough!).
here is my practice swoon block. it’s big – 24″ square!
since i’m not much of a quilter, i kind of hated cutting all the pieces and grumbled at how long it was taking to make the HSTs and my first flying geese ever. but once i started putting the components together, i got super addicted to making it! it was so fun to see the block take shape like a puzzle. however, i see now why quilting bloggers often post just a block at a time rather than only showing finished quilts; they’re a lot of work!
as i hung this block up to take photos, i really liked how it looked against the charcoal wall in our bedroom (my husband painted it one day when i was out at my parents’ house with the kids – it was something i’d wanted to try for a while and he did it for me as a mother’s day surprise – i LOVE surprises and i love my wall!). so anyway, i think i want to turn this block into a mini quilt and hang it as art in our room. he’s in favor of the idea too (good man).
questions for you (especially the quilters out there):
- how do i quilt it? i have a free motion foot but i’m not too great at it, so straight line ideas are preferred.
- should i add a border, or just bind it?
- what color binding?
i’ll definitely show you once i’m done with it…but i need to get to work on some school sewing first! Em starts pre-K right after Labor Day!!