In the meantime, I wanted to share another work in progress.
Three of my cousins' children all have birthdays coming up in May & June. This year, one of the boys is turning 3 and the other two are turning 1. We decided that each boy would get something homemade this year ... so I have embarked on a project I like to call "3 months, 3 boys, 3 birthdays, 3 quilts, oh cr*p!" OK, so that last part isn't so much part of the name as it is how I'm feeling right now!
The good news is that one of the quilt tops is done (above and below), another is very much in progress (blogged here), and the third is already all planned out with the fabric purchased and cut, just not pieced.
This first one follows the "Turning Twenty" pattern, as recommended by the teacher of our Beginning Quilting class as an easy quilt for a beginner. She had made a beautiful quilt from this pattern out of Amy Butler's Nigella fabrics and showed it off at one of our classes. It looked pretty easy, so I wanted to give it a try.
I picked out some Prints Charming fabric featuring rocketships and spaceboy themes ... suitable for a little boy, no? I remember reading about this line back in the fall and had been keeping my eyes and ears open for it to officially "launch" -- well, it must have come out to little or no fanfare, because I stumbled across a fat quarter bunch in an Etsy shop. This fabric is so nice -- both the patterns and the feel of the fabric -- that I'm really surprised there hasn't been more "buzz" around it.
Anyhow, I got some fat quarters and picked up some coordinating Kona Cotton solids at Joann's and cut and pieced the whole top in one weekend. It was extremely easy and I think the pattern is great for fabrics with large designs on them. I could see this becoming a "go to" pattern for a quick gift or to feature favorite fabrics.
The thing turned out to be a LOT larger than I was expecting. In fact, after finishing the blocks, I considered not using them all and making the top at least a row or two shorter in both directions. I'm afraid that even a 3-year old won't be able to even lift this thing once it's put together and quilted! But I decided to make it full size -- want to know why? Because having some leftover blocks would represent yet another unfinished project, and I wouldn't be able to rest until I bought more fabrics to complete it and figured out someone to give it to. So basically, I'm making the poor kid a humongo blanket because I didn't want to feel like I had "unfinished business"! Is that selfish of me?
I'm kind of intimidated to even try to quilt this thing, it's so big. And I haven't bought a backing yet. Any ideas?
So here's another completed top that's sitting folded up in my house. Are you sensing a pattern here? I love picking out the fabric, the pattern, cutting it up, piecing it all together ... but I get stuck at the basting part. It could be because I don't have a room big enough to lay everything out on the floor. Or it could be because of the 3 slipped discs in my back, and the fear of crawling around on the floor. Either way, I need to get over it or figure out an alternative ... my unfinished projects are creating a logjam!