Come along to our scrap along! Bring your fabric scraps to my place. We can swap, sort, iron and cut... we'll have a merry time.
What was a girl to do?
It sounded like far too much fun to refuse, so on Friday morning Scallywag and I toddled along to see what it was all about.
And do you know what!?!
It was lots and lots of fun and super inspiring.
I took along all the boyish fabrics that I could find as I wanted to make a baby quilt for a very special wee man who has recently been born. When choosing fabrics to take with me I didn't have any idea what I wanted to do with them, but talking to the girls I came up with a plan.
I made a start on cutting fabric while I was there and was totally inspired to crack on when I got home. Luckily Rascal and Scallywag played along and they both had longer than usual day sleeps, allowing me to make three log cabin blocks straight off and hatch a plan for the other blocks.
I was excited to carry on over the weekend, but somehow things didn't flow. I found myself unpicking and second guessing myself like anything. I pressed on though and by the end of the Saturday afternoon I had a completed quilt top.
Monday required a trip to a fabric shop as I didn't have enough fabric for the backing. Luckily I found the perfect fabric on the clearance table so I rushed home, quickly basted the quilt and started quilting.
As this was my first proper attempt at quilting and this is a gift, I decided to play it safe and just do straight line quilting (sorry Molly!) This was the first real trial for one of my new toys- a walking foot. It did the job brilliantly and I am really happy with the result.
Yesterday, I finished off the quilting and added the binding. I had a bit of a panic when I realised that I had completely forgotten about binding fabric when I was in the fabric shop, but in the end I just had enough of the backing fabric to make some binding.
One baby quilt started on Friday, finished on Tuesday. If you exclude the tiny dolls quilt that I made for Rascal last year, this is my first completed quilt (yay!)
The only thing is... Much as I would love to do the full reveal, the parents of the recipient of this quilt know of my blog and I don't know how regularly they drop by. I don't want to spoil the surprise so in the meantime all I can do is show you teaser shots- sorry!
In other news, the sampler quilt is making slow but steady progress. This week I made another block from the Modern Blocks Books. With my prehistoric archaeologist past, it was impossible to resist a block called Stonehenge, so here it is.
Its not the style of block that I normally choose, but I'm really happy with it and I think it sits well among all the stars and more intricate paper pieced blocks. I think I may have to do more of these kind of blocks in the future!
Instead of the usual collage, I thought that you might be curious to see how all the blocks look when laid out together in real life. Please excuse the late night dodgy lighting though (our house has the WORST light for taking photos!)
For more Works in Progress, pop over here.