Friday, August 04, 2006


Why is so hard to get back into the swing of things after a long break. I am so very thankful that I only had 2 days at work this week!! I don't think I could have made it through another day, I am so looking forward to the weekend.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes. It wasn't the best birthday ever, but my husband made sure we got to do something special. He is so sweet! I think the main reason for the blahs is that I am so tired. This past week just wore me out. Hopefully in between all the errands I need to run this weekend I can get some time to relax.

I would love to get some time to quilt. I guess I have teased long enough about the big huge project that scares me to death. I have decided to make a quilt for my king sized bed. I have looked and looked for the perfect bedspread and still hadn't found the perfect one yet when while cruising through some online fabric stores I found this charm packet at the Fat Quarter Shop.

Rites of Spring

Here is a close up of a few of the five inch fabric squares and the fabric I want to use for the bed skirt.


All the colors are represented and there are 45 different fabrics in the charm packet. I am going to do a small quilt first for my niece to practice. I'll have to get pictures of the fabric I picked up for that later.

I don't have a sewing machine and mom was going to give me her old one, but an aunt who quilts recommended that I get a new one. So I went out and bought this at Sears. It is a Kenmore and comes with a 1/4 in seam foot and a walking foot. Perfect for quilting!

new addition

To practice I got some fabric remnants from Joanne and put together this fabric square. I'm a little bugged by the corners not matching up.

first squarecorners

I was thinking about this and thought I would ask you all for advice. I was planning on using this pattern (Idea A) for the quilt, or I could do Idea B. This would eliminate the need for the corners to match up, but I have no clue how that would affect the actual quilting of the quilt. I really want this to look good. Should I go with Idea B, or just let go of perfection?

quilt ideas


1 comment:

  1. Are you planning on doing a motif with the quilting or just straight lines? Straight lines might not square up with the laid brick pattern (B). But it might not really be noticeable when you see all those charms. I would go for A and learn how to meet the seams better. It will only give you good practice for when you do your own. Are you cutting with a rotary cutter and mat or by hand? A rotary cutter is more precise. Here is a link for a great method to do squares.