As I mentioned in my last post, I have suddenly developed this interest in quilts. I don't know what brought it on. When it started, I had this image in my mind of a baby quilt. I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like and set out to find a pattern for it. I couldn't find what I was looking for, so, as I usually do, I winged it, hoping that it would come out alright.
It did. This is exactly what I had pictured in my mind. ahh. (The pictures of the whole quilt don't seem to do it justice. I'll try to get better pics soon).
I found a picture of a bunny that I liked, worked some *cough cough* magic to get it the size I wanted and cut out my applique piece. I may have cheated here a bit, as the applique was done by machine. I don't think the intended recipient will mind, as she is 4 months old and even if she disapproves her grasp of language with which to verbally assault my quilting skills is limited at best.
(I love the way the binding looks! who knew I could be so enamored with a project that is so pink?)
I backed it with a fleece blanket from W*lm*rt (rather than with batting and a backing) which I thought would be simpler. Turns out, it wasn't. I didn't realize how much easier it is to hand quilt with batting and a backing until I started to hand quilt the placemats for my mom (in the middle of working on the bunny quilt). But, it was too late to change my mind on the bunny quilt, so it is backed with fleece. I like it, it is cozy, but it was a bugger to hand quilt. Can you say "sucker"?
The stitches aren't as even as they could be, nor is it as precise as it should be, but in the end, I'm very please with how it came out. I have plans for another one for my other baby niece, but I'm re-thinking the fleece backing. My fingers are sore from this one.
I am still knitting and spinning, just not necessarily finishing a whole lot of stuff. I need more time to just sit and knit/spin/sew. Why does my work expect me to be at work for the hours I'm paid?