Not much sewing has been going on around here due to that crazy thing we call real life. So... How about a flashback post?
The first stripe quilt I quilted was this one. It was pieced by my mother's friend.
And it has minky on the back.
I learned a lot through this experience.
First, I learned to be more selective about quilts I agree to quilt for others. Let's just say that the quilt top is not 100% cotton. (In fact, it was a mixture of fabric types.)
Second, I learned that not all minky is created equal. The minky she purchased was very stretchy and difficult to work with.
Third, I learned that I don't like quilting minky this close together.
Fourth, I learned that stressing myself out and getting a migraine over someone else's quilt, is not worth the effort. Next time after I look at someone's quilt and seeing these things, I will sweetly say that I cannot quilt it. It is okay to say, "no."
The second stripe quilt I made was for my Monkey. Here is its story...
When I was pregnant with Monkey, I decided to decorate his nursery with monkeys. (See this post for pictures of his nursery.) When I went looking for cute monkey fabric, I couldn't find any. The only thing available was sock monkeys, which aren't my favorite. So when I found this monkey stripe fabric when he was a year old, I quickly purchased it.
This quilt is completely inspired by Christina of A Few Scraps. She hosted an awesome Quilt Along, and gave much inspiration for the quilting process. She has since written a book which is on my wish list.
Because this quilt is just stripes, it went together super fast. My husband took the boys to run errands one Saturday, and I finished it in one day. I even pieced the backing.
Knowing it would probably be washed a lot, I did the binding by machine. (The colors are more accurate in this close-up.)
Monkey sure likes his quilt.
Quilt Stats #51
Name: Monkey's Monkey Stripe
Pattern: Inspired by Christina's Quilt Along
Size: about 42 x 50
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Date Finished: 2012
What I learned:
- Stripe quilts are fast and fun.
- FMQ stripes is so much fun
- I love quilting my boys' names on their quilts.
A couple months after making Monkey's quilt, my husband's boss requested a couple of commission quilts for some of their clients. He asked if I would be willing to make two baby girl quilts. I actually sent Monkey's quilt to work with my husband and said that I would be happy to use the same pattern. They loved the monkey stripe quilt, so I made these two quilts in less than one week.
These two quilts are made from a couple different lines from Me and My Sister for Moda.
I have learned a lot about photographing quilts since starting my blog, and I wish I had better pictures of these quilts. But I figure that poor pictures are better than no pictures. ;)
I hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane with me. I see more quilts like these in my future stash busing. They go together quickly and easily, yet they are super fun.
I hope life calms down enough for me to do some quilting. My next project will be another BLUE quilt, not the red string quilt I was hoping to do. I just found out that one of my uncles is having some health challenges, and I want to make him a quilt. I think blue is perfect for him. ;) I have found that it is a lot easier to give a quilt away when I have already made a couple-or more-quilts out of the same fabric. LOL.
P.S. I will be linking up with Let's Be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts/