I’m finished! Yahoo! Well, I’m finished of the baby version. The Mendicino fabric was a hit with the kids, so with lots of enthusiastic encouragement, I finished up the small Meadow for the baby.
Somehow managed to get all m pieces cut for my full-size Meadow, but I have a few other projects to finish up before I get to piecing that.
I know there have been issues for some people with the pattern for the Meadow lying flat, or rather, not. To be frank, few of my quilts are done with the precision required to lay flat, so I had no issues with the Meadow. If you’re looking for a fix, #fixmymeadow is the Instagram search you’ll want to do.
Hey, while you’re on Instagram, follow me! @sewsillymomblog
While the quilt itself is pretty quick to put together, it’s amazing how three kids and a full-time job can hamper progress.
This was my first quilt using Fireside as a backing, and it will definitely not be my last. It’s soft like minky, but not nearly so stretchy, making it great to work with. It was also my first attempt at adding lace to a quilt, and I’m not mad at it, but I had hoped it would have kept its shape a little better than it did. Not sure if I’ll use it again.
As per usual, my free motion quilting skills are so beginner, and it shows. Oh well, they say newborns can’t really see much at first, so here’s hoping that’s true.
Ever since the Missouri Star Quilt Company (https://www.missouriquiltco.com/ ) came out with their “Block” magazine ( https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/magazine ), I have been a faithful buyer. A local quilt shop here in Calgary, Along Came Quilting ( alongcamequilting.com ) , offers subscriptions, delivered to the store at a fantastic price. They also carry the MSQC line of templates etc. Each issue is as good as a full quilting book, at a fraction of the cost. They are very beginner friendly, and really well written. As a bonus, a lot of the patterns found in “Block” have tutorial videos on the MSQC YouTube channel.
This pattern, Lucky Penny ( https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/21422/msqc/-/lucky-penny-quilt-pattern ), caught my eye as soon as I saw it. I’ve now, finally, started to attempt it.
I’m impressed at how quickly it’s come together. All three kids have been sick this past week, and as a result, yesterday was the first chance I’ve had to sit at the sewing table.
So happy to say that they’re all on the mend, and now keeping me from sewing thanks to requests for playing. Such a relief, and I’m thrilled to oblige them.
This is the progress I managed to make last evening after they were all snuggled in to sleep though. It will be a baby quilt for Little Miss #4 coming this Spring, and is my first attempt at using Fireside as a backing.
Moda, you have got to stop with all the beautiful things. No, don’t stop. 🙂 Whitewashed Cottage is a fairly recent release from Moda Fabrics in their charm packs etc. I fell in love with the soft colours and bought some of this collection in mini charm packs. I was able to piece together this block, which I of course, made into yet another car seat blanket. I went back to the store and bought enough to do a bed size quilt for hubby and I out of these very same stars. Stitch in the ditch and done. 🙂
Can I really be blamed if another charm pack collection followed me home? And also turned into another car seat quilt?
So, here we are, a few months after my first rag quilt. I’ve since had another baby and am enjoying my time ‘off’. I had imagined the kids playing quietly while the baby napped and me at my sewing machine. Ha ha ha! Oh well.
I have made three or four more rag quilts, and even given one to my best friend as a wedding gift. She swears she loves it, and I hope that’s true. Even if it wasn’t exactly ready on her wedding day. I did, however, get it to her in time for her first anniversary.
What’s next? An actual pieced quilt. Sticking with my stash of flannel, I picked some out for a cute car seat blanket for Littlest Little. Yay for blue girly prints.