New Projects

It’s nice to be at a point where I am starting on new projects.  It’s always fun and exciting to plan a new project, think about the fabric, the details and who will be receiving the end product.  Sometimes I make something just to make it but I do find that I’m more productive and apt to stick with it and finish it if there is a time line or a reason.  I’m not good at just sitting and playing.  I need a purpose.  I recently got a die for my AccuQuilt Go  cutter.  This cuts simple 5″ squares.  I love to cut the fabric with this die.  It’s fast and easy and accurate.  The package insert always has a pattern idea.  When I saw the pattern I knew I had the perfect fabric.  Last year when I first started to sew and quilt again one of the first fabrics that I fell in love with was the green fabric with the Swiss houses on it.  The pattern was big enough that I knew I needed a bigger block and I really didn’t have too much of the yardage.  I had enough other fabrics in my stash to make the rest of the blocks and I spent an hour or so happily cutting and placing this on my design wall.  It has been sitting in a box waiting for the day to sew it up and now the day is here.  I’m going to make this for a young friend who is having a baby girl and doesn’t like pink.  This quilt has flowers and butterflies and these darling little houses and I think it will be perfect.  Now I’m off to sew and already planning another new project in my head.

blue and green baby quilt

Rag blanket finish

A rag blanket finish happened this week.  It actually was fun to do and I’m pleased with the finished product.  When I first bought this die I thought this would be a great way to use the flannel remnants.  As it turns out, because you use two pieces of fabric in each block the remnants don’t go very far. I knew that I was making this blanket for a little boy and have since learned that the mom is already in the hospital waiting for this little one to appear.  It’s a bit early for his arrival however so they hope he will take his time! In the end, I was able to mostly use fabrics from my stash.  I did end up buying a small piece of yellow.  Hubby was a bit reserved about the project but was also impressed after it had been washed and dried.  Like he said, it almost makes a chenille type fabric after it’s been in the wash and I’m sure it will get softer with each wash.  I think I’m off to make another.

rag blocks

rag quilt before