Saturday, June 20, 2009


I have several projects going right now. The most urgent is a baby quilt that I forgot about and needs to be done by next Sunday. I chose the darling "Buttercup" pattern out of the new Anka's Treasure's book, "Stop, Drop and Roll." By the way, if you haven't checked out Heather Mulder Peterson's blog, you should, especially her house rehabbing narrative. Too Funny. Primarily because I didn't have to live it.
The baby's nursery theme is elephants, so instead of the bird and flowers, I'm doing an elephant w/a bird on it's back and a palm tree! I decided to do the top third in blues and the bottom two thirds in greens, kind of like a jungle going into a sky. I found a fabulous brown batik w/green, blue and tan dots for the zig zig portion. I'm seriously thinking of doing the elephant out of Minky, but we'll have to see how that works out. If I'm really feeling ambitious, I could do the palm tree out of Minky too!
I must say, I looked at this pattern and thought, sweet, it's a bunch of 2.5" strips, this should take no time at all to whip out! I even have a bunch of green and blue precut strips!
Boy was I ever WRONG!!! Even though the instructions are fabulous (as they always are with Anka's Treasure's patterns), this pattern takes a long time. The zig zigs take much longer than you would think, and you really have to be careful about the direction you sew them at since the diagonals have to go in opposite directions. It's not a big deal if you are totally random with the strip placement, but if you have an order, you have to watch it carefully. Still, I'm really enjoying how it's coming out and am hoping to finish it off this weekend. And as a bonus, I've been sewing together all the triangles that get cut off of the strips into half squares, so I'll get a mini quilt out of it as well!
I just received an invitation to another friend's baby shower for the second weekend in July, so that's another one I have to crank out. Then there's the bags , as well as a couple of Camille bags I started, and completely did a boneheaded thing while making, but those are a post unto themselves.

Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there!

1 comment:

QuiltMom said...

I have some perfect, loopy/textured fabric for the palm tree! It stinks that you're so far away. Dropping it off really isn't an option these days.