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The last week or so I’ve been working on a baby quilt.  It’s for one of my daughter’s friends who is due in December.  The push was because “the girls” are having the shower early so everyone can attend.  “The Girls” have all been friends since middle school and this is the first one to have a child.  It amazes me that they are in their late 20’s and are still as close as ever.  I can’t even remember some of the people I hung around with in middle school, much less keep in touch and maintain a friendship!  So this is special, I’ve know the mom-to-be for quite a while.  It’s far from perfect, but is sure is soft!  I used Snuggle flannel for the patchwork front and dotted Minky for the back.  Rather than quilt it (which I am SO not good at) I tied it with double strands of tapestry yarn.  Here’s the fabrics:

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The tutorial came from happythings, the fabric from Joann’s.  I love the striped one!  Here is the finished quilt:

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I actually finished it a couple of days ago, but the weather hasn’t been nice at all and taking pics in the hotel wasn’t working.  So when the sun came out today, I went down to the patio to take a few.  Here’s a better look at the blocks:

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Pay no attention to the misaligned squares, I don’t think baby Lyla will mind.  She’ll just be enjoying the cuddliness of them!

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Overall, I’m happy with it.  I took it down to the hotel laundry and Carol ran it through a wash and dry cycle for me so I could be sure that the ties were secure and any shrinkage was done.  (I did prewash the fabrics, but not the batting.  It didn’t shrink, even though it was cotton.)

It’s nothing fancy, but it’s about all the quilting ability I have!  And it was made with a lot of love for the mom it’s going to, so maybe that will make up for the not-so-perfect stitching.

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DBF was home last weekend so I was able to take some pictures of the quilts.  Looking at them in the pictures, they don’t seem as nice as when I stand across the room.  Maybe it’s because I can see flaws in the pics that I can’t when they’re on the wall.  Overall though, not to bad for first attempts.  Here’s the wall hanging

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And here’s the small quilt

You can see how the blue sills don’t line up perfectly, but it’s not real bad from a distance.  The ribbons are grosgrain that I sewed on after the quilting was finished.

This weekend’s project is to start quilting Megan’s quilt and hopefully finish it.  It was a thought to hand quilt it since it’s a baby quilt, but since Baby Teagan will be here on the 20th (or sooner) I’m thinking machine quilting would be better.  Faster anyway, especially since it has to be sent and will probably take a few days to get there.

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So here it is, more than a week after I decided to start a blog, and finally, another post!  Not much going on really, I’ve been working on a couple of quilts.  I will post pics, as soon as I get one of my cameras back.  (Youngest kid has one and DBF has the other.)

I’ve sewn forever, but never really had much interest in quilting.  Thought it would be too boring, cutting all those little pieces, then sewing them all back together.  But I did a small wall hanging, then a bigger wall quilt and now I have three cut out and one ready to quilt!  Pics soon I hope.

Here’s a pic of the wallhanging from the website:

My colors are a little different, but I am pretty happy with it.  Applique wasn’t too hard, just the ear tips.  Good thing my machine has a “Low” setting or I would have gone way too fast to get them right!

Here’s the pic from the website of wall quilt that I did:

It was pretty easy to do, I did it in a weekend.  Some of the lines aren’t straight, but not too bad.  My quilting skills need some work though-there are puckers and bumps.  But since it’s on the wall, you can’t really tell from a distance!

Can you tell I’m a cat person?

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