Thursday, February 26, 2009


Finished Baby Quilt Top to Donate

Here it is! I did go with the yellow, which was perhaps a slightly more popular option. It really took me forever to decide, though, even with everyone's advice. I'm happy with it. I am thinking about making another, and possibly a larger older child version. In the meantime this one will be getting in the mail to Debra.

Baby Quilt Close-up

(If you are fascinated there are a million pictures of this on flickr. Let's just say that I am fascinated, probably too much so.)

Also, I have received nine of the eleven blocks I will get from the lap quilt swap on craftster. I need to make one for myself for a total of twelve. Here's what I've got so far:

LQS Blocks

I think they have a lot of potential! I have a million ideas for possible settings, so it will take some thought and some trial and error to decide how to put them together. Of course I can't really make any decisions about that until I have them all in hand. If you would be interested in participating in a future round of this swap, I suggest you join craftster ASAP, because there is a requirement that you must have been a member for thirty days (and post a certain number of times) before you can participate in a swap. Not sure when the next round will start, but if you join now I think you will probably be in time.

Life got very busy the last two weeks, or at least very busy compared to what it had been immediately before. My interview went smoothly. I haven't heard back about it, but I also at this point feel like the job would not be a very good fit. I also took another trip to Chicago just to visit and hang out with friends, and continued and finished up my two weeks of subbing for the ESL teacher. This weekend my Grandma and Aunt will be in town, and next week I start an eight day sub job in the bilingual k/1st room. Today, at least, I can stay in my PJs for a while.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

To Border or Not To Border


This is the baby quilt top I'm working on for Debra's project to make quilts for pregnant teens. My original idea for this quilt ended up not looking very good, so I took the pieces I already had cut out and brainstormed a way to make them work together. After trying many things this is what I came up with. I do think that it seems finished as is. However it is 36" square, so maybe a little small for a baby quilt. I'm not completely opposed to a border, either. A four inch border would make it 44" square. The border could be one of these:



What do you think?? Border or no border? One of these borders or a different one? (I've auditioned some other border choices, but these were my two favorites so far.) I also thought about adding something on the top and bottom to make it longer but not wider, however I can't really visualize it.

Thanks to everyone who played along in my game of "What is this quilt?" It gave me a lot of food for thought. I was interested to find out that so many people thought the second one would make a good baby quilt, so I begin to see it that way again. On the other hand, I also like the idea of maybe adding more borders to make it into a larger piece. I guess I will continue to sit with it for a while.

I'm in the middle of two week sub job, and also have a job interview in Chicago on Tuesday, so I'm keeping a little busy at the moment.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy Heart Quilt

Hearts Quilt

Now I return you to the previous appliqued heart quilt, recently quilted and bound. I didn't specifically plan this to be a Valentine's quilt, but when I started hand quilting it in December I realized that I would probably finish it around this time. Now I realize that it probably is a Valentine's quilt - maybe that should have been obvious? Valentine's Day is perhaps a controversial holiday at times, but personally I love it. Maybe to me it is more of a celebration of the heart motif and the colors red and pink, all of which I love. If you doubt that statement, this quilt should be proof enough. I definitely love these things year round, but I'm perfectly satisfied to have a chance to celebrate them now and then.

This quilt will always remind me of my semester in Mexico when much of this handwork was done. My host mother really loved the project; I wish she could see it now.

Hearts Quilt Close Up

Hearts Quilt

I will probably not be able to get nice natural light pictures of this until Saturday, and I didn't want to wait that long to share it. These will have to do for now.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Want to Play?

Anyone want to play "what is this quilt"?

I admit that I am one of those people that thinks a quilt should "be" something - a lap quilt, a wall hanging, a throw, a table cover...doesn't matter what it is but it needs to be something. That being said, I don't always make quilts with that in mind. Some quilts I make just to make, because it is something I want to try. And sometimes that leaves me asking...what is this quilt?

Are you ready to play? Okay, here we go...

What is this quilt?

One Block Quilt

It is 52" square. When I made this I was thinking baby quilt. Since then I have sort of moved away from the idea that any quilt that is baby quilt sized can be considered a baby quilt. I think there are probably some mothers with certain sensibilities who would like this as a baby quilt, but I'm not sure if I know those mothers. It just seems a little too sophisticated, maybe...? On the other hand, it's a little to small to be a good throw. It might work as a wall hanging/decor piece for someone, but again I don't think it's anyone I know.  All the white makes me think it wouldn't look good on white walls, but in that case what color walls would it look good on?  I actually really like this quilt, but I have no idea what to do with it.

Next up:

What is this quilt?


I've blogged this quilt top before in the early days of Quilty the Libster. It is about 40 odd inches square. At the time I thought it too would be a baby quilt, I guess because of the size, but similar to the previous quilt it no longer seems very "baby" to me. I cannot really envision the mother or the baby that I would give this too. In fact, this is a very quirky quilt, and although I do like it personally I also feel like...maybe it's a little funny looking? Maybe it's one of those quilts that only its maker can love. Anyway, I am thinking about finishing it, but part of me doesn't want to finish it until I have a better sense of what it's going to "be".

So what do you think? Do quilts have to "be" something? Can they just be? Any idea what these quilts are?

(This kind of reminds me of when one of my friends was graduating with a BA in English and her mom said everyone in their small town was asking her what N. was going to "be" when she graduated? Such as a teacher, doctor, lawyer etc. Her mom said that she will "be" educated...isn't that the point of going to school?)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Conversation Hearts

More Hearts!

Remember what I was saying about my love for appliqued heart quilts? Well here is the second one I have made, although it is only a top at this point. I put the border on it last night, after much deliberation about what it should be. I had planned to make a lot more of these hearts for a throw sized quilt, but I decided it would be much cuter as a baby quilt. I think I was right. I quite like it this size. It's about 35"x40".

Close-up of Some Hearts

"Conversation Hearts" Quilt Top

I'm definitely not going to finish this right away. I think because of all the hand work it will have to wait for an extra special baby. I have been calling this project "Conversation Hearts" due to...the hearts being made out of conversational prints. I know, I do I come up with these things??


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