Thank you for the comments on my daughter's Easter dress! After I read the comments here, and on Patternreview, it made me feel so special! So, thanks again!
My next project is going to be another "first" for me--sewing a quilt. For some reason, I have never been interested in sewing a quilt before, though I have had a lot of people tell me I would love it. Quilts just didn't appeal to me. I appreciated their beauty, but I had no desire to sew one because I was more into garment construction. However, now that I have another friend who is pregnant with her first little girl, I suddenly got this strong urge to make her a quilt.
It all started when I saw this gorgeous design on Moda bakeshop. It is a baby lattice quilt designed by Amy Smart, and it is lovely!! As I began to read the instructions for the quilt, I was wondering if it is something I could actually do, since I have never done a quilt before. With my background and experience in sewing I thought it was something I could do, but I was a little skeptical because some of the quilting terminology was throwing me off.
So, I decided to contact the quilt designer Amy Smart, after I found out she has a blog called Diary of a Quilter. Let me first say, if you have any interest in quilting at all, this is a great website to visit. Amy has a special section for beginners with all kinds of tips to help you along. Second, I sent Amy an email regarding my situation (not expecting her to respond), and she kindly returned my email with such support and encouragement!! She told me she definitely thought I could sew it, and I would just need to make sure to maintain 1/4 " seam allowances throughout. She also wanted to see the quilt when it was done!
Her response gave me the extra push I needed to do what I already believed I should do, and that is to sew this quilt for my friend and her baby. Now I originally planned to give myself a whole month to sew the quilt, just in case I had any mishaps, but I'm actually going to end up with a little less than two weeks in order to have it finished in time for my friend's baby shower.
Here is the quilting pack I decided on:
I went with this one thinking that the pictured fabric was pink, blue, and brown, which are my friend's baby shower colors. However, the brown is actually a beautiful slate gray! I was surprised, but it still works. I still have to find the coordinating fabric, backing fabric, and batting, but I will be headed to Joann's this weekend to work all of that out.
Here is what most of the squares look like laid out:
This is not a final draft by any means, just me playing around with the squares. I'll keep you updated on my progress until the month's end, but I hope it doesn't take me that long. I wanted to squeeze in one more project for this month (a shirt for myself), but I figure I'd better leave that well enough alone since this has been a much busier month for me.
Enjoy the rest of your week,and stay sew-filled!