Patchwork Throw

I finished the patchwork throw yesterday and I am SO excited about how it turned out.  In fact, I was so excited that when the dryer buzzed after washing it, I almost fell running up the stairs.  LOL  (I wanted to post pics yesterday but it rained ALL day.)  You might remember I wasn’t thrilled with the technique of sewing the blocks to muslin, instead of piecing them together.  I wasn’t sure it would turn out right.  But I think it just looks great!  I already cuddled up on the couch with it last night while I was reading.  I intended on putting the stripe a bit more to the side, but I had a cutting incident with the white backing, so that’s where it ended up.  🙂

The quilt is made up of Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern lines and Bella Solids for the white backing.  I quilted free motion style and it measures about 50″ x 70″.   Overall, I’m very happy!

My first quilt is complete

averyquilt2aThere are so many beautiful fabrics out there.  I have been collecting for a few years and have a pretty respectable fabric stash.  I have been using most of it to make purses and (given the fact that I have 2 young kids and only carry a diaper bag most of the time), I decided it was time to try something new.

After much inspiration from many sewing books and websites, I decided to try my hand at quilting.  I’ve been around quilts my entire life.  My mom is a huge quilter and can plow through at least one baby quilt a day.  She makes them to donate to hospitals or to give as gifts.

I decided to start by making a small quilt for my 2-1/2 year old.  I figured, if I’m just starting out, what better to learn on?  I modified a pattern in Joelle Hoverson’s beautiful book Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts.  I used some colorful Alexander Henry Sunny Days fabric and the back is an Amy Butler solid.  The binding is simply bits and pieces of my scraps.  The final size is 28″ x 33″.

Since this is my first quilt, my eye is naturally drawn to the places where I made mistakes.  But I promised myself I would not point those out to others and be proud of my work.  I used free motion quilting which was actually harder than I anticipated.  Overall though, I’m very pleased with how it turned out and can’t wait to start my next project.