My Free Patterns

Friday, September 13, 2013

Why didn't she tell me quilting was hard?

Hello! Today I'm taking a wee break from knitting FO's and sharing a sewing one. I know, I haven't done that in a long time. I can say things have been helped along quite a bit by actually living within 15 minutes of a fabric store. I love it so, so much. 

I started this back in May 2012, and wow that stewed for a while in the "if it is in the closet and I can't see it I don't have to work on it" pile. Of course, we had some major life events between then and now, but still, I'm glad to have this done.

It is a mish-mash of different things, thought up by my then 6 year old. I used her old receiving blankets for the strips, and she picked out all the other fabric. To begin with I thought that coral pink would be terrible, but now I have to say I like it very much. She loves the backing fabric so much she uses it both ways. Turns out I could have just bought two big pieces of fabric and quilted them together and she'd be happy. Live and learn. Anyway, the first one is done and dusted and the second one should be easier (famous last words). Stay tuned.

In other sewing news, I've also been whipping up some new cloth napkins from stash fabric:

And making dog toys, also from stash fabric. That green one to the left is an old toy I made her, it is well loved. This dog loves to destroy, and I have to use the thickest fabric I have. The blue one I just made only lasted a night, even though it had four layers of fabric........

Thanks for stopping by my Finished Object Friday. Have a great weekend, I'll see you next week! 


  1. Your dog looks like she's having lots of fun :-) Well done with finishing your quilt. Quilting is something I'd love to try but I'd be too afraid of starting a fabric stash to match my yarn one :-o

  2. Hooray for getting the sewing projects going. I'm going sewing machine shopping this weekend. I need to get a good machine before I get over my fear of sewing. I love the quilt! Your dogs toys are perfect too. Always love happy dogs pics.

  3. Quilting is always amazing to me. I love yours.

    Your dog is a cutie.

  4. Dog toys with stash fabric!?! Fantastic idea! I think your daughter's quilt turned out beautifully! I don't have a good eye for putting colors and patterns together. I wish I was better at it. I would really like to make a quilt, but I haven't started. I think that I might make it a goal to remedy that this winter.

  5. You are brave to tackle a quilting project, that is something I wouldn't dare even to dream of as I have no clue about sewing. The quilt turned out beautifully.

  6. My grandma was a prize-winning quilter. Big, double-bed sized quilts. She made a quilt frame that hung over her bed and when she wanted to quilt, she lowered it (on pulleys) until it was at the right height, then she'd sit and stitch. I have two quilts she gave me; I was about six when she gave me the first one, and my same-age cousin has one from the same time frame (roughly 1975). They're falling to bits but we still have them and love them. Never underestimate the power of a quilt!


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