I can’t say who this is for juuuust in case his Mommy reads this. But in my mind the “x” in the name is a cuter name that I might get a chance to share here sometime soon.
This pattern (called Swoon) from Camille Roskelley (co-designer of the great fabric line Happy Go Lucky) has taken the internet quilting world by storm. I’ve heard it has a crazy popular Flickr group but I’m still trying to figure the whole Flickr thing out. Any tips?
Camille has a great Craftsy class that features this pattern! It’s another favorite of mine. She’s so cute.
I changed the pattern just a bit by adding the stripes because I wanted the quilt to be rectangular. It just makes sense to me that quilts should be rectangular because beds are rectangular! This quilt is also the beginning of the end of “crib size” quilts for me. My kids have soared past baby stage so quickly that I realized that crib size just isn’t practical. A few more inches in each direction and you’ve got a proper toddler size that they can use for much much longer! This quilt is about 53 by 78 and it really wasn’t that much more work. I hope baby X sleeps with it until it falls apart! I always tell people it would be an honor if the baby poops on my quilt. I want my quilts to be loved and used and abused!
Here’s a closeup so you can judge whether my seams match up! I think they’re actually pretty good. I sure tried hard. I had a bit of a breakthrough with my half square triangles (HSTs). The patterns calls for the method where you draw a line and sew a 1/4 in on either side of it. Mine always always turned out a tiny bit small with that method, even using the Fons & Porter quarter inch marking tool. So this time I sewed just to the side of the line and they were much better! I was pretty excited. My flying geese still need work I’m afraid. I need to do a whole quilt of just flying geese to practice. It’d be fun to do a post on trial and error with flying geese and HSTs.
This quilt features 3 different blue fabrics from my first fabric designer love, Denyse Schmidt. I still snatch her fabrics up regularly and find them to be very useful stash builders.
This quilt actually only just barely qualifies as a WIP because it is so nearly done! Just about 12 more inches of binding to sew while watching tv tonight. I can’t believe I used to dread the binding! It’s one of my favorite steps now.
Once it’s bound I will wash it (cold water with a color catcher) before it gets sent off to surprise baby X’s Mommy. I’ve started washing all my quilts before sending them out so the receiver isn’t surprised by the change in appearance that occurs after the first wash (referred to as “quilt crinkle”). How do you guys feel about quilt crinkle? I’ve tried to like it but I’ll admit that I don’t. There’s just something about a nice, crisply starched unwashed quilt! I recently learned that quilts are never washed before photographing for publication. That makes sense but it also sets us average home quilters up for disappointment when our quilts don’t look like their pictures!
Come back tomorrow to see the 3 (yes, 3!) long-term english paper piecing projects I’m working on!