Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tracy's quilt

While we were at the beach, I finished up a quilt for my friend Tracy's soon-to-be-arriving little boy. I used the same line of fabric from this quilt I made last fall. It was a fairly simple quilt to put together. I used this tutorial, with just a few modifications. I used a 5" square for the center block, and adjusted the surrounding rectangles to 2.5x5" and 2.5x9" for a finished 8 1/2" block. It was fun taking pictures at the beach instead of my backyard (especially given the nautical nature of the fabric), though I'm sure the other folks on the beach thought I was crazy! I'm really happy with how this one turned out, and I'm excited to start up the next one!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Abigail's quilt

My sister-in-law Jennie and her husband Josh had a baby girl named Abigail on August 1st. I decided to play around with half-square triangles for her quilt. Those buggers are a beast. It took almost two days after completing the squares to figure out what to do with them. I tried out I can't remember how many different layouts before finally settling on this one. And since I'm a little bit of a lazy quilter and don't iron my seams open, the corners where all the triangle points converge are fairly unwieldy. Lessons learned. I do like how the diagonal, horizontal, and vertical quilting came out, though. At least that was a success. Jennie seemed happy with the quilt, and in the end, I'm happy with how it turned out as well. And I have now learned my lesson about triangles and pressing seams :)