Wednesday, February 2, 2011

on my table

work in progress from Handmade Beginnings

This project has been a long time coming. It's a baby quilt for my best friend's baby, due this April. Another quilt from Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner? Why, yes, please!

Her little boy was the perfect excuse to buy that Urban Zoologie. I planned the quilt around the owl print in "Bermuda" and tried to source lots of greens and browns, which were requested by my friend.


I got stuck on brown - not enough brown tonals in my stash, but then I found Metro Living Circles in Chocolate at Sew Fresh Fabrics.  Perfect!  It's on its way to my house, but I couldn't wait.  So, I started cutting random strips.

random strips

Which is the first step for making Anna's Sixth Time's the Charm Crib Quilt.  This one is my most fav project in the entire book.  It's so striking!

on my table

I've now pieced my strips and cut the huge loooooong strip down into appropriate widths.  Here they are looking so tidy.

waiting on more brown....

Ran to my mailbox today, but no fabric mail. Darn.  My kids know by now that if I'm going out of my way to check the mailbox, I'm obviously hoping for fabric.

That's ok, I can wait one. more. day.  Really, I need to think about how I'm going to approach the next step.  Following the book's plan for piecing is simple, but makes a mountain of scraps.  I think I'm gonna make it difficult instead...

18 comments:

  1. Can.Not.Wait to see how this turns out...I love it already! Would the Handmade Beginnings book be a good one for me to learn how to quilt? Any suggestions for a good first time quilting book? Thanks!

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  2. Wow. I really love this. My sister is having a baby. If it's a boy, I need to seriously consider getting this book, so I can make that awesome quilt! I really like your fabric choices. Boys are so much harder to sew for.

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  3. Thanks, Ladies! Emily, this is really not a good book for learning how to quilt. Please see this post for my recommendations on best books: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2010/08/stitch-your-life-sewing-book-roundup.html. Elizabeth's book is now out and would be a smart place to start. If you're not opposed to learning online, my Colorbrick Quilt-Along is ideal for beginners: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/p/colorbrick-beginners-quilt-along.html

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  4. I just absolutely love those fabrics! What a great combination for a baby boy. :) I'll have to add that book to my Amazon list - a lot of my friends are having babies, and my fingers are getting tired from knitting so much! Plus, it's hard to knit a properly boyish blanket.

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  5. I just found out that my sister is expecting a girl this June! I am considering this quilt and definitely making a few more scrappy nap pillows. Can't wait to see how yours turns out!

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  6. It will be a beautiful quilt to welcome the new kiddo. I don't have this book, but I've seen some super adorable projects from it. Oh, and I agree; that Metro is a great line. I can't wait to get some.

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  7. Oooh, that is going to be so pretty! I love that quilt as well! What a sweet gift :)

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  8. That quilt pattern is gorgeous, and I really like the fabrics you've picked out-- I can't wait to see it all put together!

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  9. So fun! Love the color combo!

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  10. Um, can I have your ironing board with its fabulous cover? Oh, and the strips are fabulous as well!

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  11. Yes, you CAN have my ironing board =) The tutorial for the recover is here: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2010/08/so-easy-ironing-board-cover-tutorial.html

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  12. It is going to be fabulous! I bought that metro living in yellow and grey but I am dying for it in the green! I just love it.

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  13. this is going to be a great quilt!

    whenever i buy fabric (yes, i do buy from other stores when i don't carry it in my shop) i check the mailbox like crazy. impatience, i guess! :)

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  14. oh I can;t wait to see how this turns out! I LOVE the Anna version and I can only imagine. You have to tell me how much trouble it is :)

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  15. oh, I want to see how this quilt turns out! for some reson I had thought that quilt pattern would be a pian, whith all those center circle seams matching up.. I too love thoses new RK circle and can't wait to get some!

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  16. I'm expecting in June and just got this book in the mail 2 days ago. That crib quilt is so beautiful! I love the fabrics you chose and can't wait to see how your quilt turns out.

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  17. Wish I had had this book a year ago when I was still pregnant. It is a beautiful quilt and I know you will make something amazing.

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  18. I'm too distracted by the beautiful ironing board cover!!!

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