Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blogaversary and Basting

Can you believe it!!!  It's my blog's two year anniversary!  Back when I started this blog, I didn't really know anything about blogging or if it was for me.  Two years later I'm just so thrilled and thankful for all the people that I have met while blogging and all the lessons that I have learned through the enormously generous blogging community.  Thank you to all those who read and follow my blog.  Let's have a cupcake to celebrate!


I'm also making a lot of progress on the baby quilt for my sister's new little girl due in February.  I've got the front and back completely pieced.


I'm really pleased with the fabric combinations especially because everything for this quilt came out of my stash.  Nope, I didn't buy one new piece of fabric!  I'm not against buying new fabric when I need it, but since I have to order fabric online or drive almost an hour to the nearest quilt shop, I'm trying to use what I have first.  Even that crazy pink stripe that had to be starched stiff before it would stop stretching!!!! 


If you read my last post, you'll know that I started with the red, cream, and black Olivia the pig fabric.  I then had to dig deep in the stash to find enough pink, cream, and black to balance it all out.  My favorite fabric is the little pink, red, and black floral fabric and the black with red and white dot fabric.  I really wanted to use that black red and white dot fabric in this quilt, but I didn't quite have enough so I had to get creative and used some cherry fabric in one block and some floral fabric in another to finish the chevron .  I actually like that rogue block a lot.  It's the rebel in me :)


I'm also trying something totally new to me.  I've spray basted this quilt.  Normally I baste by hand using a herringbone stitch, but I'm trying this method to see how I like it.  So far I'm not too sure.  It was a bit messy, but that may be my inexperience, and it really smells bad (like burnt plastic).  But, it's sticking really well and it flattened out nicely.  


I'm going to start quilting this on my machine by tomorrow so I'll let you all know if the spray effects the stitching at all.  I'm still not totally sure how I want to quilt this either.  I'm torn between doing something that follows the chevrons or FMQ an all over floral pattern.  I have some nice King Tut variegated pink thread that I'll be using for the quilting.

I'm also trying to think of a good name for this quilt and so far I've come up with nothing.  I could use some help.  Suggestions anyone?  


  1. Congratulations on your blogaversary and thanks for the virtual cupcake Karen :)

    The only name I can come up with for your quilt is Shocking Pink, not very baby themed sorry!

    Would love if you linked this up to the January New to Me link party on the 25th. Th new link button is on the sidebar of my blog.

  2. Congratulations, and I really like your zig zag quilt - the color combination is just perfect!

  3. I love the idea of the 100 days of school wreath!


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