One of my oldest friends (perhaps the first I can remember having) had a baby recently (our parents grew up together in Florida--the dads-- and Korea--the moms-- and we lived across the street from each other when we were kids, she is kind of like my big sister, actually). The baby is cute. Cute babies deserve cute quilts (though I have made some quilts for some ugly babies too, so I guess cuteness isn't really a prerequisite for quilt making for me). I am not sure if there is anyone else in Angie's life who feels the same way I do about the babies and the quilts, so I thought I should probably make sure Marley (that is said cute kid's name, how cute is that!) had a quilt to
soil in creative ways love. (Also, it was a great way to avoid weaving ends. And no, Minty, I am still not done. That is how pathetic I am.)
I am not trying to kid myself or anyone else, my sewing skills are
craptastic rudimentary, at best. I need more practice to achieve the awesomeness adequate results that I can produce from knitting; but, honestly, I don't think I have it in me to knit a baby blanket. I have crocheted them (though I really know very little about crochet); but knitting a blanket is like knitting a really wide and short scarf to me. I hate knitting scarves.
Anyway, this quilt... I did a re ally good job piecing this quilt (if I do say so myself, and I do) and the layout is pretty cute--nothing like a charm quilt to emphasize fun creative fabric that one stumbles upon in Jo-Ann's. Binding quilts make me nervous, but I think I did okay with that.
I used Joelle Hoverson's method of machine binding because she is a genius (and also Marley had already entered the world at this point, so my deadline had come and gone so the binding needed doing lickety-quick-like).
My problem is always the quilting. I basted this thing like crazy; but, maybe I need to switch to basting without all the pins. Also, I suppose it is a good idea to know how you are going to quilt the quilt before you baste. I kind of made it up as I went un-clipping safety pins along the way. Very inefficient (and just a little stupid) and, it didn't produce quite the finished look I was going for, but it is quilted. It has also been packed, shipped and received. Welcome to the world Marley.
I hope you enjoy your quilt, because you certainly can not enjoy the pie I made for this week's cyber consumption.
It is a simple pear pie.
The filling is quartered pears with sugar, cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon. It was supposed to have a walnut pastry crust; but, I left out the walnuts.
It was still pretty good though.
I left out the walnuts because I got distracted. I was working on Marley's quilt. You know, priorities.