Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Perfectly Imperfect Quilt

It looks like I'm just a day shy of a month with no posts.  Sorry about that!

Let's see, I last posted about planning to decorate my new master bedroom.  We've been in that room for three weeks now and I love it!  I've still got to hang curtains and also hang a few other things up, and then I'll be back to blog about that.

Right now I want to share with you a couple of things.

Number One:  We had an early gender ultrasound and found out that we're expecting a GIRL!!  We were all three hoping for a girl.  Her name will be Zoe Quinn.  Charles chose the first name, years ago, and I chose the middle name.  Actually, it was a name Han suggested several years ago, back when we used to sit around and try to come up with names for fun.   

Number Two:  I immediately went back to my original plan of a girly nursery with blues and reds instead of the colorful gender-neutral nursery I thought I wanted.  

I have a pretty good board going on Pinterest for all of my ideas, and I've already started on making some things.  This weekend, I finished this quilt.

It's a rag quilt that was inspired by this one made by Kristin at Write it Down.

I loved the fabric she used, but sadly, it's no longer available.  Luckily, I was able to find a similar fabric line from Moda called Ruby.  I bought 2 charm packs and ended up using 70 of the 84 squares (I left most of the gray fabrics out).  I used cotton batting in the craft size, and for the backing, I used some matching fabrics from my stash.

I say this quilt is imperfect because it is.  All of my quilts are.  I'm what you'd call an impatient quilter.  I try to get them done as fast as I can, and this often means that my blocks don't match up like they should, and I usually end up having to trim up the sides of my quilt tops because some rows end up longer than others.  You know what though? I'm OK with this.  The quilts I make are never going to be in a quilt show.  They're never going to be passed down from generation to generation.  They're meant for right NOW, to snuggle up in while taking a nap or watching a movie.  If you're like me, or if you've never even tried a quilt, this one is for you!  The ragged seams will take away from the fact that you have wonky blocks and rows, and the quilting-as-you-go part?  Shoot, quilting can't get an easier than that!

The tutorial I used, which is the same one that Kristin used, is here at Creations by Kara.  Kara mentions that flannel is the best fabric for flannel, but I honestly didn't have any problems with just plain old cotton. 

Well, that's all I've got for now.  Hopefully I'll be back later this week with a master bedroom update. 

Linking to:
Motivate Me Mon @ Keeping it Simple
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch 
Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle

16 crafty peeps said:

  1. This is precious! Love the colors and the way it's made!

  2. I love how this looks! Just beautiful!

  3. Love the quilt. The colors are great. I know what you mean about being an imperfect quilter. My quilts are imperfect, I guess I am just not exact enough. Love rag quilts because you can be imperfect and they look wonderful and no one knows. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  4. super cute quilt looks very homey love it come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  5. This quilt is adorable! I love the bright colors and the imperfections just add to the charm. Who knows, maybe she will keep it for her lifetime.....

  6. The quilt is just adorable -- beautiful colors! Congratulations on the baby! I'm new to your blog and see lots of creativity going on, so now I'm a new follower!
    :) CAS

  7. I love these quilts, but so far I have only made one for my dog. The pattern I followed had the batting the same size as the squares. Making the batting smaller makes so much more sense!! I used cotton and flannel, but want to try all flannel next time.

    My tip for a rag quilt...buy some of the easy-action scissors. Makes snipping a TON easier, and will save your hands from cramps!

    Love your blog!


  8. It's lovely! I just had a baby girl and her middle name is Quinn :) Congratulations!

  9. I think your name is great.
    I have twin nieces that are 4.
    Their names are Zoey and Quinn! :)

  10. GORGEOUS quilt... you are so multitalented!
    Love the names... pretty names for a beautiful girl! xo Malia

  11. Love the colors in this quilt. Can't wait to see how your master bedroom do over comes out!

  12. I love your blog! It is too cute! I just wanted to let you know I featured you on my blog today.