I have finally set up my sewing machine in a permanent location where I can, on a whim, “whip something up” (and just in case you don’t understand why that would be in quotations, it’s because everything always takes longer than I think OR I decide to go wild and add a bunch of stuff to it).
The past couple of weeks I started sewing again! It’s mainly due to my craft room finally getting set up, which I’ll have to write a separate post about when it’s all done. I’ve been making crochet project bags, a little quilt for my youngest, a quilted pin cushion, and yesterday I made a heating pad and cover.
I’ve been wanting to do another sewing project and decided that I better start using up some of the scrap fabric I’ve been holding onto. I sorted the fabric into a bold pile and a light pile and decided to make a small quilt with the bold colors.
I basically followed along how I made my first quilt, cutting out the squares and then laying them out to figure out the pattern. I did pin up an old flannel sheet to the wall as a quilt design board, which worked ok. I was able to put up the design but then my kids came along and were wiggling the fabric.
Flannel sheet pinned up for quilt design board
I also had pinned it in front of the closet so when my hubby came home he wasn’t too excited to have to compete with the sheet and flying squares of fabric to get into his side of the closet. I think next time I will pin it up on the wall by my side of the bed, where I can keep the traffic to a minimum.
You can see the edge of the blanket I used
For the inside of the quilt I used an old blanket that I had been holding onto thinking that it would work for something just like this and it was perfect (and there is plenty more for other projects).
Back on, edges trimmed and quilted
I had some strips of red with white tiny polka dot fabric left over from a Christmas tree skirt I made last year and used that as the binding.
The quilt isn’t very big but I am happy with the end product, its just big enough for the girls to sit on for a picnic or to keep in the stroller for the park. I think for the lighter pile I am going to try the half square triangle type quilt but will need to buy some white fabric for that so we’ll see what happens.
I have had a sewing machine for about 5 years now but have stuck to pretty simple (in my opinion) stuff. Lots of basic skirts for the girls and I was on a bunting kick for a while, had to have a different bunting for every occasion and even made some for friends.