First off, I’m doing better now. Thanks for the caring and I’m sorry if I worried any of you with the last post. I just wanted to post about it because it’s what’s going on with me and I want the baby to know what I was like when I was pregnant. The good, the bad and the ugly. That was kinda ugly. The funny thing is that I talked to my dad about it and he made me feel better. Mostly because he apologized and said I could blame my episode on him because he’s pretty sure that I got my attitude from him 🙂 He’s so funny. Then he told me about the bad day he had a few days ago and my day paled in comparison. It helps to have someone who really understands put things into perspective.
Anyway, on to fun things!
The first time I learned about charm packs was when my mom and I went on a quilt shop hop in West Virginia. That was tons of fun! We drove for about 14 hours and visited 4 (or was it 5?) quilt shops in one day! We’re a couple of crazy fabric nuts, huh? I bought one Moda “Fresh Squeezed” charm pack, but couldn’t figure out what to do with it, so I bought another pack on eBay. I’ve had them for months now and finally figured out a pattern that I thought would be great. I really didn’t want to just sew the plain squares together but I didn’t find a lot of charm pack patterns online. In my search, I did find a great site though! If you like charm packs, jelly rolls or layer cakes, you have to check out the Moda Bake Shop. Oh yeah, also, about two weeks ago, I ran into one of the fabrics in the Fresh Squeezed line on sale and bought two yards for the backing. I think this really motivated me to to something.
I made the pattern up, it’s super simplistic though. But, that’s what I wanted. Something simple (because I’m not that skilled of a quilter), but interesting (because what’s the point of making something if it looks like you could have bought it at Walmart?) So, I cut each piece in half, but off center, and then put it all together. I did have a bit of a problem using my new 1/4″ quilting foot (not sure what the real name is). I had the needle set in a different place for half of the squares. So, half the squares were 4.5″ wide and the other half were 1/8″ narrower. So, I had to trim all the squares so they were 4.25″ squares. I have to make sure that when I’m using that quilting foot, I don’t do any other projects and move the needle around. SO, what else was I working on? You’ll have to wait…. 🙂
Ok, back to the quilt top. I have to order more fabric to make a border and then I can start sewing them together. For the first time ever, I’m actually going to quilt a quilt. Not sure how I will do this with out anyone to show me, but I’m trying not to think about that too much. I haven’t ordered the fabric yet, but I think I will do a really thin blue border and then a thicker multi-colored striped border.