At some point many years ago, probably when all the boys were little, I decided it would be fun to learn to quilt. Someday. And a friend of mine decided that someday sounded too far off and talked me into taking a beginner quilt class with her. So glad she did!
I discovered that for all my domestically-impaired tomboy ways, I really like quilting. I think it has something to do with the fact that's it's a kind of bringing order (piecing the quilt top) from chaos (piles of fabric), and a lot to do with the fact that I can do something and it stays done. Yah, I think that second part is huge.
And now that I've acquired some basic skills there's another benefit - it's really fun to make gifts! And with four chapel babies due this summer... well, I had a lot of fun :D We celebrated the first two of the babies at a shower this evening.
My friend Hosanna knew she was expecting a little boy. I'd been wanting to try a Jacob's Ladder block and had some gorgeous turquoise in my stash. My neighbor handed me some speckled blue and they paired together beautifully.
|Once again, I've spared no expense on my display apparatus ;D|
I haven't made many quilts with a traditional quilt block, so this was fun. It's actually made of sixteen blocks, rotated in different directions to make the pattern.
I backed it with the speckled blue and pieced a striped binding. I love the way it looks, but it was kind of a pain to hand-sew the binding on with all those seams. Have to remember that for next time.
Oh, that turquoise just sings to me, and I have a bit left :D It's funny, although blue is a cool color, that turquoise feels warm to me.
My friend Danyale - Hosanna's SIL - knew she was having a girl.
Sewing for girls isn't exactly speaking my native language if you know what I mean. So I used some bright, primary colors...
... and decided to try something very non-traditional, with raw edges...
... and lots of big, bright, happy color.
I think this one would actually be a good wall-hanging, but I hope it gets used. A lot. :D