I should be busy packing. But I’m not. So instead I’m posting pictures of a few of the pretties I’ve been working on lately. After all, playing with pretty fabric is MUCH more fun than taping up boring cardboard boxes.
This stack of fabric is a whole bunch of flannel and cotton squares already sandwiched together for a rag quilt. The finished quilt will be for a friend’s baby girl. I am way behind on this gift. I had planned on making her an embroidered personalized blanket right after she was born, but our house flood messed that plan up before she entered the world. I still can’t embroider (I have yet to replace my software) so a soft, cuddly rag quilt is the best I can actually do right now.
It’s funny because the rose prints aren’t something I would normally choose to use, but they are totally growing on me. They are so dainty and feminine! The prints are quilting cotton, the backing is a pink gingham flannel that matches the roses perfectly, and then there’s a layer of white flannel in the middle, to give it a bit more thickness and hopefully make the ragging fluffier. The finished quilt will be sized for a toddler bed.
This next random-looking pile is lots and lots of half-square triangles. I believe there are about 300 of them here, give or take a few. I still have a couple more fabrics to make up into squares. They will become a lap quilt that I can use on the (currently non-existent) sofa in our living room. Since I’m having to start over completely, I’m getting away from my old decorating standbys of dark reds and olive greens, and going with some brighter lime, orange, teal, and yellow in the living areas. We’ll see how that goes! But for now, these fabric colors are making me really happy.
I’m making these from 20 fat quarters I picked up in a quilt store in San Antonio, paired with white Kona cotton. This store was drool-worthy…I can’t wait to go back again! The fabrics are from several different lines, but I think they blend together nicely. I’m excited to see this come together into a quilt. As for the half-square triangles, I’ve never tried piecing triangles before. But when I found instructions on Pinterest for making 8 HSTs at a time by sewing two larger squares of fabric together, I figured I HAD to try it. The instructions are here. They are SO easy!
This last photo is of blocks that will become a Christmas table runner. These are from a charm pack I picked up at the same quilting store, and again it’s a design I saw on Pinterest. This is another new skill for me. The piecing was easy enough since they’re just squares, but with them being placed on point like they are, I’m terrified that my points aren’t going to line up right. This might have to count as a practice run. 😉
We should be moving next week. Now I just have to get back to taping up those boxes!