I have been home this week at my parents house. They decided to go off to Florida and needed me to dog sit (I think I would have rather gone with them to Florida...). But since I've been home I have gotten very close to finishing my thesis and I have gotten a lot of work done on two quilts.
The first quilt is a T-shirt quilt for my friend Liz! I'm waiting on permission to put pictures of her t-shirts on my blog so that post will just have to wait.
The second quilt is for my grandmother who recently moved to a nursing home and needs something to spruce her room and put on her lap when she's in her chair. This quilt is turning out much different than I thought it would. In my mind I was thinking "light blue, soft, baby colors, nothing dark or heavy" and that's not entirely what I got...
Its a cheating way of using a 9 block pattern but it makes it a lot easier.
This is one of the 3x3 blocks that has been cut up and each piece was twisted and moved around. You end up with a pin-wheel in the center that I originally thought was the center or each block, but its actually really hard to find the pinwheels when the whole quilt is together.
I really like to see how its coming together and am typically not patient enough to finish each step before going onto the next. So I made a few of the blocks just to see how it would look. For this quilt this was actually really helpful. It let me think about which colors I wanted to draw out and which I wanted to keep under control (for example, I didn't really like the big green squares and I already had quite a few of them). This informed how I put together the 3x3 squares so I could have a nice color balance.
|NOTE: These pieces are not yet sewn together, just lain on the table|
So I need to sew each of the squares together, add a light blue border, back and binding. I'm really excited about the binding. I'm doing something I saw on a quilting blog I read. You take your scraps (in this case I bought extra fabric for each of the colors) and sew them into your binding. I'm a bit nervous about it because I absolutely hate binding and am kind of bad at it and I have a feeling if I screw it up with pretty binding then it will really show badly... but its worth a try!