So a couple weeks ago I had found the cutest little panel and saw a tiny crib quilt made with it. I'm not normally your panel type (yup, I'm that snobby chick who thinks its cheating). But take a look -- how can you NOT find this to be the cutest?!?
|I can't lie - these birds make me happy. They are super cute. Maybe it's cuz, if you look closely, they kinda have no bodies. Just heads on legs.|
By the time A left on Friday and I had to head up to my grandparents' for my mom's birthday/graduation celebration I had this lovely pile all ready to go on my kitchen island:
Today though, in my post-Easter, pyjama-paradise, stuffing-induced haze I got to work! Yippee!
Not so fast, mister! There was quilt math. Scads and scads of freaking geometry with the ever elusive extra half-inch that needs to be added to all of your measurements to account for stupid seams. Can you tell I did a whole lot of seam ripping? So there was a free pattern download on the website of the company that made the fabric line (Yay!) but the instructions were for a quilt measuring 35x46 (glorified tea towel, am I right?). I decided to add twice as many blocks as it called for and then change the orientation. That's where all the quilt math came in. Unfortunately, due to a horrid circumstance at work, I had already done about two-and-a-half hours of math and clearly, my brain's math compartment was full. Hence...
|Sewed all my sashing strips together and realized I had miscalculated by about an inch and a half on every. Single. Piece.|
|I wish I was less concerned about having as close to perfectly squared blocks than I am. Sewing would go much faster. This was round three of trimming.|
All the hassle was worth it though -- I feel like I was super productive today. By about 8 p.m. I had finished the quilt top (minus the borders which I can put on tomorrow....or the next day). Not too shabby. I think my niece Maddie is going to love it. I'm contemplating a snugly minky on the back if I can find an appropriate colour.
|The lighting sucks here cuz it was dark out as I finished. I just need to trim the edges before I put the border on.|