September 9, 2011

A Secret Baby Quilt Revealed

I realized that I neglected to post about this quilt top.  I first talked about it here in this post.  It was a big secret then and I just couldn't show it for fear of ruining a surprise.  A friend of mine wanted to make a baby quilt for her first grandchild. I found the kit to make this quilt at my Guild's rummage sale and bought it for my friend.
While she loved the idea of making the quilt she was a little over whelmed by it so I offered to piece the top if she would quilt it.  She thought that was a wonderful idea!  The baby has been born now so I think it is ok to show the quilt. The center section is a panel and there are 4 borders plus a row of pieced blocks.
I don't think I have ever put so many borders on one quilt, but I love the way it turned out! I know you may be wondering what the name of the quilt is, the fabric line etc.  I am sorry to say that as of this minute I don't know those answers. :(  I gave the pattern and scraps to my friend when I gave her the top.  If I find any information about it at a later date I will add it to this post.  Promise!

September 2, 2011

Bow Tie Challenge Prep

I had a little bit of time and I wanted needed to play with some fabric. In this post I talked about joining in on Bonnie Hunter's Bow Tie Challenge. I am making my Bow Tie blocks in Indigo Blue and Soldier Blue fabrics with a Cheddar background. I found my missing blues and added them to the stack. Out of curiosity I counted the fabrics. I have 58 different blues that will be in this quilt! That number surprised me but made me happy. The scrappier the better!
I began the cutting process with the blues.  The blocks finish at a 3 inch square.  I really didn't think about it until I had to cut the itty bitty 1 1/4" squares for the knot portion.  That is small! I love small blocks and pieces in quilts so I am not worried about it, but goodness that is small! lol  Do you see the little pile of fabrics behind the big one? This is what they look close up - Indigo Blue with a touch of Cheddar.
I am trying to decide if I want to add them into the mix and let them play with the other fabrics or keep the Cheddar color in the background only.  What do you think? Should I stick with just the blues and let the Cheddar background be the contrast? Hmmmm