A few weeks ago, my husband and I took a road trip to St. Louis for a friend’s wedding. The lovely bride graduated from the University of Texas, so that was the quilt request.
You can see the quilting a little better on the back. I just did straight line quilting 1/4″ on the inside of the white strips.
I used Elizabeth Hartman’s New Wave Quilt pattern. It was a really easy pattern to follow and went together quickly. July was a really busy quilt month for me and this one almost didn’t get done! I was still stitching the binding in the car! Luckily, I got it done and had a great time at the wedding. It was nice to see my friend again and meet his lovely new wife. I hope they enjoy their new quilt!
While we were in St. Louis, we of course had to go to the arch.
Me and hubby at the arch.
It was HOT and CROWDED…not a good combination for me, so we didn’t stay too long. We were able to get some good pictures though.
Our hotel was actually outside of St. Louis in Collinsville, IL. For those of you who don’t know, it is the home of the world’s largest ketchup bottle. So how can you not go see that? It was cool, but a little underwhelming. Here’s a picture of me holding the ketchup bottle.
On the way home, my air compressor decided to die about 3 hours from home. It was the middle of July in the South. I think the temp was 103 in the shade and we had no air conditioning. Needless to say, the rest of the trip was sans pants. In spite of the AC snafu, we had an enjoyable trip.
I am the proud aunt to two precious little boys! TWINS!! I was excited when I found out that I was going to get to make TWO quilts instead of just one. My sister in law wanted the quilts to be similar but not the same. The perfect fabric for these two ‘not the same’ quilts was Pooches and Pickups by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman fabrics.
One in blue.
One in red.
I was inspired by this tutorial by Film In The Fridge. A strip quilt is super easy to do and only took me an evening to cut and sew the tops together. I used extra fabric to piece the backs as well.
These were actually the first quilts that I quilted using my home sewing machine. I just quilted straight lines 1/4″ on each side of my seams. It went really well and I was pleased with how they turned out.
It was also the first time that I pieced my batting in a quilt. I followed this tutorial and it turned out beautifully. It’s a great and easy way to use up all the batting scraps laying around.
The boys actually came a little early so they are already being put to good use at the hospital. These boys are going to have so many quilts it will border on being ridiculous! I have a little something in mind for when they finally get names! (mom and dad are still deciding) Stay tuned for more baby quilts!
So this is my first blog post! I’ve been a little reluctant to start because this whole blogging world is very intimidating to me. I seriously had to google ‘what’s a blog?’. I then promptly spent hours and hours looking at other blogs. I’ve decided to start this blog as a journal of my quilting and sewing adventures. It will probably contain more pictures than words because I hate to write (probably another reason I haven’t started this blog yet!). While I will try to keep this blog focused on my overall craftiness, there will most definitely be at least a few pictures of my pets because they are so darn cute!
Who will read my blog? I don’t know. According to Wikipedia, there are over 150 million public blogs on the Internet. That’s a lot of choices! I hope that some people will choose to read mine. It is my goal to be able to inspire creativity or a new idea for at least one person. Pretty attainable, I think.
So now I am officially part of the wonderful online quilting community. Yay!