Monday, January 21, 2008

Baby boy quilt made almost entirely from scraps!

Back in October I promised my friend Nat I'd make her something for her new baby boy, who is now nearly three months old! Yikes! Where did that go? I pieced the top together about a month ago using scraps from some gorgeous fabric one of my mothers' group friends gave me in return for some babysitting I did for her, but since I'd run out of batting, it sat folded neatly on my sewing table patiently waiting for me to get my act together. Today after dropping Hannah at daycare, I stopped off at the Remnant Warehouse and purchased 2 metres of the stuff, and got sewing!

I have to say that I absolutely LOVE the diagonal quilting on this quilt. Not only does it look good, but the uni-directional stitching gives it a stability that I haven't found with other types of quilting (usually stitch-in-the-ditch is as adventurous as I get!). And it was a complete accident too: While getting ready to free-motion quilt my new knitting needle roll (which I will post soon, I promise!) I neglected to pay close attention to the position of the upper bar on my darning foot when I attached it to the sewing machine. The result was a loud "crunch" and the top snapped clean off the foot! Devastation! So I had no choice but to put the walking foot on instead and do some straight lines, which turned out looking way better than my dodgy squiggles. Funny how some things work out, isn't it?

Anyway, I thought the combination of colours and patterns would be great stimulation for the little bloke when he has tummy time. One quick wash to get rid of the chalk marks (you didn't think I'd sewed those lines freehand, did you? LOL!) and into the mail it will go!