Feb 6, 2010

One quilt finished & a new project

I finished my son's quilt on Wednesday! I wanted to post a picture today but the weather wasn't cooperating with us. We took it out yesterday to get a picture because it was a beautiful sunny day but the wind kept catching it. Hopefully we'll be able to do it tomorrow when we'll have an extra person to help. Look for a long post on that soon.

Meanwhile I've started on a baby quilt for my niece.  Here's what I had a couple of days ago:


Two sets of four patches and all the strips pieced.



Then the power went out today and I got all the other 4 patches cut and pinned. They're ready to sew:

 

That's 25 four patches ready to sew and then I cut and prepared all the HST (half square triangles) to sew. This is not the way I normally get my pieces ready. I like to cut some, then sew some, then trim some, usually enough for one block. It keeps my interest better when I keep jumping around a bit and the moving around is better for you than sitting still for hours. I also usually place my ironing board on the other side of the room to move a little more. 

I bought these blocks quite a few years ago when Hancock Fabrics was having a clearance sale. They were 10 cents each! I bought several sets of the 6 or so blocks available. I must not have known much about quilt settings because I only bought 8 of each block. This block is in bright yellow, green and blue and will make a visually striking quilt just perfect for a baby.

Unfortunately, I also didn't know much about fabric quality. The quality isn't the best. I'm surprised the original price for each block was $4. Here's an issue I'm having with it.:


 
If you click on it you might be able to tell that the fabric is pulling in at the seam. I don't know if this is due to fabric quality or stitch length or what really. If anyone has a clue please let me know. It might be the fabric didn't feed very evenly while stitching, there are a lot of wrinkles in the seam allowance.

I'm hoping to finish this one from my stash but I don't know if I have the right colors to complement these blocks. I went along with the lesser quality because this is going to be a small quilt & I want it to be used. If I spent $30+ on it, I'm afraid it might not be. You'll see the blocks when I'm finished piecing all of them and have them up on my design wall.

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