I’d like to introduce you to my first finish for 2020.
This year I’m going to try to do things a little differently. First, I’m going to do my absolute best to post regularly! Working a full-time job, having a ridiculous amount of kids and grandkids, and binge watching TV takes a lot of time. My extra time is usually filled with all the sewing projects I want to get done so I don’t take the time to write about it. BUT, I have been working on some time management solutions that (so far) seem to be working. I’m going to also talk about home décor, budgets, goals, recipes (from time to time), and life in general.
Second, I’m going to try to keep it as real as possible. Lately I’ve watched multiple people on Instagram showing their quilts from when they first started and all the mistakes they made and promising it will get better. I happen to still make many of those same mistakes and I’ve been quilting for ten years. I try to do everything right, but it rarely turns out that way. I don’t think points have to meet perfectly, the straight line quilting isn’t so straight, and binding (I’m still too bitter to talk about binding) is my nemesis.
A quilt can be beautiful with all the imperfections. I’m guessing there are more people out there who feel like me and get nervous about letting anyone see their quilts in person or on social media because they’re worried people are going to focus on all the things they see that are wrong instead of all the things done right. This year I’m going to show all those imperfections along the way. I do hope as the years pass I will get better and better, but I’m not going to stress on it if I don’t.
Back to this darling little quilt I made for our granddaughter, Willow, who is due early April. A few months ago I happened to make Willow’s cousin, Brielle, her baby blanket from this same line. Brielle’s is the pastel colors so I made Willow’s with the jewel tones. I’ll have a breakdown of all the fabrics I used at the end of the post.
The little strawberries are my favorite! I plan to make a few accessories from the same fabric. I’m thinking maybe a little bag with a zipper or a fitted sheet or possibly a little dress and bloomers. I’ll keep you updated on that via Instagram.
This is the back of the quilt. I’ve never been adventurous with the back, but I had an extra block that just didn’t fit right on the front and I didn’t want to waste any fabric so I made use of it on the back. I’m so happy with it! it’s by no means straight, but I love that both sides of the quilt can be used. Plus, the strawberries. I mean really!!! THEY ARE SO ADORABLE!
Pattern (and it’s a free): Hugs and Kisses by Sharon Holland
Solid Fabric: I have no idea, it was in my stash.
Pattern fabric: Wild Bouquet by Citrus and Mint for Riley Blake
Binding: A polka dot I picked up and forgot to check the designer….
Thread: Isacord 40 Color 0010
Estimated Cost: The backing was on sale for $6.00 per yard and I used two yards. I used a layer cake and since I only used half on this quilt I would say I $11.00. I used a 1/2 a yard on binding spending $6.50. Batting was leftover from the last full sized quilt I did so I’m not going to even expense that. This might be the least expense quilt I’ve ever made at approximately $30.00. Now, that doesn’t I include the cost of the background fabric that I had on hand. I have no idea when or where I picked it up so I don’t want to guess.
If you’re a quilter tell me how long you’ve been quilting and if you’re not a quilter, but interested, let me know! Also, is there something you want to see from me this year?