Shiner was our first English Setter who taught me the value of "stopping to smell the roses" ... or in her case swimming after a duck, chasing a worn-out frisbee, or hunting down the RIGHT stick thrown in the woods.
We should all enjoy life as much as Shiner did ... so I choose to look through Shiner's View ...
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Ashley's Baby quilt
But, I have learned to quilt, which, in itself has been a great gift!
So ... Ashley's baby quilt. Ashley is a friend of mine who is about to have her 2nd baby. She's a traditional mom, so we're going to wait and hear what she had once the little one arrives. So gender neutral it is! So off I went to my favorite quilt fabric shop (the Quilting Loft for those of you near Seattle) and spent a little time looking for a few high-impact prints. Found the fish fabric and then a couple of fat quarters of complimentary fabric and I was on my way for less than $12.
A quick stop by JoAnns on the way home to pick up 2 yards of white sateen with my 40% off coupon. This quilt is small enough that I was able to use the cast off batting from another quilt. I trust we all have those pieces left over. I now had the makings of a hand-made baby quilt for under $20 (of course I'll tell you that budget was a major factor ... but I hope that the quilt doesn't reflect that to Ashley !).
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I went really tight with the meandering quilting ... almost taking it down to a stipple. To me, the vast white space requires something to bring it to life. And as the colors are pale, minimizing the risk of running, I also washed in hot to maximize the shrinkage & corresponding "krinkle".
Off to package it up and get it ready to deliver to Ashely on Monday. Have a great weekend!