Saturday, June 7, 2014

Pretty Little Horses

My baby's first birthday is coming up, and I decided that all she really needs is a nice snuggly blanket of course! She loves to cuddle snuggly things anyway so she'll be a happy camper.  I found the perfect fabric for it...well actually it was begging for me to buy it and make something pretty out of it, so I did!  And I do love the way it turned out.  The fabric is designed by Sarah Jane, and the collection is called "Wee Wander".  I absolutely LOVE this fabric.  It has horses, girls riding on horses, fireflies, pretty trees, deer, bunnies...just all kinds of whimsical happiness.  The girl petting the deer, yeah that was me as a kid.  Anyway, enough of this.  Here are the pictures!

My first quilt with a Minky back

So there is one thing that I wanted to tell you about.  I decided to use minky fabric for the backing, and no cotton batting in between.  This is the first time I've done this, and I really like how it feels. It's soft and cuddly, and not too heavy.  The only problem is, when I measured out my quilt, for some reason I outdid myself and made it too big for the back...just by an inch in the width.  At this point I figured I had two options: A: Make the front smaller, or B: Make a whole new quilt and save this one for later.  If only I had just ordered a little bit more!!!  Too late, I had to work with it.

After I put my baby down for a nap, asked my husband what he thought, and ate a sandwich...I finally decided that I would piece the back with some of the "Wee Wander" fabric.  I know, not ideal...but I figured out a way to make it work.  Since the cotton would be a little flimsy compared to the minky, I just put a piece of batting underneath that part and quilted it.  That was good enough for me, and I think it worked great actually...even though I wouldn't recommend it if you had the choice.  Next time I will buy enough minky, or make my quilt the right size!!! :)

Pieced Back of Quilt

Thanks for looking!!!

....OH and here are a few sneak peeks at my works in progress...not the greatest pictures but hopefully more are to come!

This is the Aviatrix Medallion Quilt designed by Elizabeth can read about her quilt along here!  I still have three more borders to go on this.  Love her stuff!

This is a quilt I designed in Illustrator for our bed.  It's actually almost ready to have the binding put on.  I need to get to work on this next!!