I used to quilt a lot but for a number of reasons, I have sort of lost interest in the craft. However, there is the occasional baby quilt to make and that is what I have been working on the last month or so. Since I have been learning the English Paper Piecing technique I decided to use that approach to this project. Now, granted, this project was just squares and the EPP technique was more work that it needed to be but I really did enjoy the accuracy of it and am glad I did it. Also, I decided to machine quilt the project instead of hand quilting because it is meant to be used and washed and I just thought it would be stronger. Ok, that sounded good but the real reason was that this was meant to be a baby quilt and not a kindergarten nap map and I wanted to get it done in a reasonable period of time. If time had not been a concern, I would have hand quilted it to keep it all consistent.
The new baby is a boy and his mom is doing his room in gray, white and turquoise with touches of red so I chose fabrics with those colors. I also learned something from the Hubs. As I was connecting the larger sections, I was having a hard time holding everything together to insure the accuracy so he came to my rescue with tiny binder clips. They worked beautifully and, yes, he isn't getting them back.
I also did the binding differently than I had ever done before. I usually bind each side individually and tuck the ends in and secure. This time I was determined to use a continuous binding and I was thrilled that it worked so well. I will probably do this sort of binding from now on.
So, here are a few of the photos from the project -- I wish I had taken better ones but you will get the idea of how it went. I was very pleased with the entire project.
|I used a paper cutter to cut my paper squares for the English Paper Piecing|
|Fabric from designer Aneela Hoey -- yes, they are straight pins but I look at them as just a geometic with lots of color|
|Binder Clips to hold things together|
|Nice design on the back from the straight line quilting|
So, what do you think?