Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Great Baby Quilt by Eleanor Burns

42"X52". This quilt will be a gift for some little someone!
A close-up of my fabrics... I bought all these fabrics at the same time - I think about 1 yard of each. Then, didn't use them! Well, they are just too cute not to use! So, I measured them all up one day and then looked through my books/patterns to see where I could use them - and this pattern was perfect! I even have enough for a binding, left-overs for the scrap bin and some larger pieces for another project. As a scrap quilter, I like it when I have fabric left-over to feed the bin, so to speak!

From this book...

Which you can buy here: 

  This is such a quick and easy quilt, but looks a bit complex. My favorite design elements! I loved how quickly and easily this went together - I skipped steps 6-8 where you are supposed to cut apart stitches to flip the seams and iron to make it lie flatter. With just 4 seams I didn't think it necessary. That being said - Eleanor always has very simple directions with step-by-step illustrations to follow; I highly recommend her patterns, especially to new quilters! There are actually a few more quilts in this book that I would like to make, but I have to sort through my fabrics on hand and then make a shopping list first!!!
Bonnie has a very similar pattern (Hidden Pinwheels) over at http://www.quiltville.com/ - a very scrappy version using different techniques - it is on my to-do list! I'll use some scraps from this quilt for Bonnie's version. It is so FUN to see how similar patterns make up looking so very differently depending on the fabric you use! And you all know, scrappy is my favorite, but even I realize - you do have to make some color-co-ordinated quilts once in awhile to feed that bin! I really like TRUE scrap quilts - I love using a fabric and remembering what other quilt I've used that fabric for in the past. So now when I use these scraps, I will remember (with a smile) this baby quilt and the intended recipient!
I also really like the fact that someone else has taken the time to figure out the easiest and quickest way for me to cut my fabrics to make a quilt!!! I love good directions. And I love yardage charts - because I like knowing that I have enough fabric on hand when I start something. Sometimes - the longest part of quilting for me is just deciding on a pattern. Geez. I tell myself - just pick something and GET ON WITH IT!!! If you see a pattern that you like - do yourself a favor and buy it. And then do yourself another favor - and CUT your fabric!!!
On the homefront... this afternoon was kitchen day... here is a photo of the baking... Shepherd's Pie is in the oven and spaghetti sauce already in the freezer in individual portions. That's sourdough bread, apple pie and banana loaf in the photo. Believe it or not, with all the bread we bake around here - I only have that 1 bread pan! The yeast breads just get shaped into loaves (by DH), but I need the bread pan for banana breads, etc.

SB will be home in a moment and then it is homework time - early - because he is going to a birthday party this afternoon. Busy, busy!


Laurie said...

great quilts evelyn! and SB is sure growing up!

Cape Codder in Montana said...

Hi there, Sis. I'm trying to organize,too. I hired someone to come over and try to clear off my table in the dining room. We did it! Three community organization meetings later, the table is stacked again, with all kinds of folders and stuff. Did I learn anything? UMMMM. That I am messy. No, I am over-subscribed. Better. I am creative. Best.
Do I have a hint for organizing that I have learned from my $25 an hour expert?
Have an In Box right near the front door to drop all mail and bills into, and then retrieve them and bring to office area. Don't just drop them on the kitchen table. So, I have my In Box. At least I know here my bills are now!

Esteemarlu said...

Oh my, that bread looks so good. I want some now.