Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Favorite Patchwork Quilt

Hmmm. I seem to be quite good at making a new mistake (or five) each time I make a new quilt. Perhaps at some point I will have made all of the mistakes, and either a. be mistake free or b. (much more likely) start making them all over again. I saw an online tutorial for stroller blankets here and here, bought this fabric, and thought they were a perfect match. Alas, when I asked for 3/4 of a yard, I didn't realize the fabric was directional, and the cut I got was NOT going to work, unless of course I wanted the fabric going the wrong direction. I did NOT want to take Mr. L. to the fabric store again, so I thought, "Ah, I'll just do a patchwork quilt. It won't take that long." Ha ha. But I loved the end result, it used some of my favorite orange and yellow fabrics, I was pleased with the quilting, and only had to unpick the binding once. :) Unfortunately, I finished it just before I ran out the door to a friend's baby shower, so these super cool pictures of the unwashed quilt are the only ones I have. I hope she enjoys it. If I was having a boy, I think I would have kept it for myself.
Note: Didn't get it made into a stroller quilt, was worried about how it would work with her new uber cool double stroller, so I offered to turn it into a stroller quilt if she wants.

Lesson Learned: Duh! If you get less than a yard, check the directionality (is that a word?) of the fabric to see if its going to work in your project. Lesson learned #2--it is faster to drag said toddler to fabric store to get enough material for a border than to make a patchwork quilt, even if the patchwork is cuter. Lesson learned #3--start a bit earlier on the project, so you can take a decent picture. Natural lighting perhaps? And a nicely washed and dried quilt to share?

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