So, I have acquired quite a few fat quarter packs that have five fat quarters. I wanted to figure out something to do with these. If you only have on fat quarter pack of the same design you could be limited to what you can do. I do love babies so I decide that I needed to find a pattern that was friendly to these 5 fat quarter bundles. Baby quilts it is.
I could not find any pattern that was suitable or that I liked, so I made my own. I really liked the dog fabric, so I wanted to make sure that I could showcase the dog prints. I had a few issues with the size of things, so this is not perfect, but the next one, I will have just right. I don’t have any fancy quilting software, so I was just drawing on paper. It was super simple to make and with the 5 fat quarter pack and a yard of solid, I made a cute baby quilt. I sort of like it.
I quilted dog bones into the quilt with my homemade dog bone ruler and put dog fleece on the back. I like fleece on the back because it is very forgiving. However, I find it much harder for some unknown reason to quilt. My shoulders are killing me after quilting when there is fleece on the back.
So, what did I learn? I managed to sew the binding on by machine entirely. Never did it before. Watched a couple of video’s. For a first time, it is not too bad. I don’t mind the hand binding on the back, but for some things, I think sewing it on is acceptable and I have to tell you that I have never had better looking corners. ever.
I know you are all dying to know. LOL. I made this baby quilt top. I have some fat quarter packs that I have received as gifts and was trying to find a good way to use them. I still have a few things to work out, but overall came out kind of cute. I guess I find anything with dog fabric kind of cute though. Good way to use five fat quarters. I made a few mistakes in piece sizes because I forgot to properly account for seam allowance, but I think I have it figured out now.
I made the mistake of not putting all the pieces on the design board, so I have some fabrics together that I don’t like, but I will not make that mistake next time.
So, the Connecting Threads warehouse was this past weekend, in Columbus, Ohio. SO I went, almost didn’t but then on my way home from something else, decided to check it out. Glad I did and also glad I went in the afternoon. Apparently there was a 2 hour wait to get in the building when they opened. I am not patient and would not have waited for 2 hours to get in the building which was a warehouse with no air conditioning. I don’t black Friday shop either. I want/need nothing that bad.
There was still plenty of stuff for me. I bought 18 yards of fabric @ $2.50/yd. Pretty good. I did have to stand in line for abut 30 minutes though. I was a hot mess. Next time, I make Haley go stand line immediately while I shop. She tried to get me to go to the car and she would wait in line, but I toughed it out.
First picture is what I bought. Second picture is the warehouse. The fabric is on rolls, and there are rolls and rolls. The third picture is the line which wrapped around the aisle of the warehouse and up another. They also sold yarn there, lots of yarn.
I am not sure how I managed to finish my One Monthly Goal, but I did. This is the quilt top given to me by Nanette. I love it. I quilted dog bones, free-handed it. That was a bit scary, but it came out all right. I used a festive multi-color thread. I love multi-color threads. I don’t know why. I am weird.
So, the back, come crazy dog fabric. I had a friend give me whole bolt of this stuff. It is sort of odd, not exactly fleece and not exactly flannel. Just weird, but perfect for my dog quilt. Yes, this is my dog quilt. I have already used it while lounging on the couch. Warm and cozy and extra special since the top was made by an extra special friend. I have plan to make another quilt like this and donate to a dog rescue so they can hopefully raise some money.
Seems that family is on the mend. Kev is getting better and my sister’s prognosis no longer seems as bleak as it once was. A long way to go, but there is light.