Thursday, January 31, 2013
Buried in Girl Stuff
I have been working on a custom queen quilt for an 8yr old girl. Her dad is awesome, and I think he would be a quilter if he had lots of spare time! He and I get along well, talking quilt math and design.
The little girl has definite ideas regarding colors and pattern, being a HUGE fan of purple tie dye. They were unable to find anything commercially made for her new bedroom set, so went looking for somebody to make her a custom set. We met a few times and zeroed in on an exact quilt plan, as well as main fabric choices. It was so funny when I finally met her over Christmas break - she came in wearing a pink/purple tie dye outfit. I said that we certainly had the right fabrics for her, and couldn't wait to make her new bedroom set!
So, now I'm buried in pink, purple, rainbow yardage and trimmings! Kind of like a tween girl and her unicorn exploded in my sewing room. I never work with batiks, as I prefer more modern quilting cotton prints. But I am LOVING the minimal amount of fraying. I assume that is the way batiks normally are? One of my major pet peeves is all the little stray thread that end up all over the back of your quilt by the time it's ready to baste.
This photo is pretty true to the real colors.
I spent a decent amount of time thinking about and then squaring up the main blocks. They are 24" finished - which is larger than my largest ruler, and half an inch wider than my cutting mat width. Not only did I want the block to end up the right size, with four 90 degree corners, but it was important to have that middle perfectly centered as well.
Any of you out there, who have been making those big swoon blocks, come up with a good way to square them up? I was thinking about doing a quick photo tutorial of what I came up with for mine.
In my own girly world.....Thank You so much for all your congratulations and kind wishes! I have loved looking up your suggestions and links. If you think of any more, feel free to add them on. I have a pinterest board going with other sewing ideas, too.
My first fabric bought just for a girl baby - the pink colorway of Monaluna's silky organic Fox Hollow. I've been stalking this adorable print for a while. I bough half a yard and plan on using some to make a sweet, soft burp cloth.
I also came home with a couple things from my Costco trip - a cute 3mo sundress, and a snuggly pj in 6mo size.
Had to laugh at the fact that they look mostly like the boy stuff I usually buy, in lime green and blue, just dress-shaped!