After breakfast we all cleaned the downstairs for awhile and took turns chasing Violet. Now we're having a lazy hour to do whatever we want while she naps and before lunch preparation begins. Mazy and Bo are spending it this way:
Yesterday was a great day. We met Shawn's sisters at his parents' house and had a sewing day. Thanks to Shawn for entertaining kids all day so I could focus on sewing.
Unfortunately for his mom and sisters, my project kind of took over the entire afternoon and soon Sandy and Belinda were helping me with it. But I really, really appreciated their help with matching colors and cutting out shapes. And I loved "shopping local" in Belinda's fabric stash. :)
So here's what I was working on. The picture below shows what I started the day with: I had 12 18.5 x 18.5-in. squares for the quilt background. I'd also traced a ton of flower shapes onto fusible backing paper that allows you to iron pieces of fabric onto each other. It's called applique. This quilt is going into Violet's future bedroom. It doesn't look like much, but you would be surprised at how long it can take to find 12 coordinating fabrics that are suitable for backgrounds, and then arrange them so there are no greens touching, and no oranges too close together, not too many bright pieces at the top, etc.
Step 1: Choose your background fabrics
Step 2: Choose coordinating fabrics for each block
Once we started cutting out the flower shapes, you could really begin to see the quilt come together. This quilt has three different flower designs that appear four times on the quilt. I have lots of leftover circles and flowers that I'll be able to use on pillows and wall hangings.
Step 3: Cut out flower shapes in coordinating fabrics
Step 4: Cut out and iron down flower pieces
Won't this make for a fun, bright focal point for Violet's future room?! I can't wait to start on all the pillows and wall hangings that will go with it. And poor Bo, I showed him the fabric for the quilt I promised to make him and said I'd get it cut out yesterday so I could begin sewing it, but I never made it that far. I'll work on it this week, I promise!
Stay dry, stay warm and enjoy your Sunday!