As I told one of my blogging friends, I 'm more of a starter than a finisher, though I do love to finish something. Look at that list of works in progress on the sidebar, it just keeps growing, but you know, I like it that way. Lots to keep me going, interested and learning.
Since I've challenged myself to work with AmandaJean to finish some things, here's a quick update. I am moving along on a couple of projects. The Disappearing Nine Patch has only two more blocks to quilt and a bit of straight line quilting and then it will be ready for binding. I've got the Zig Zag and the red and white quilt-a-long quilt pin basted and ready to quilt. I would love to do the Zig Zag by machine and I have an idea for that, but I need to do that on my mom's Bernina. Maybe her machine would like to come for a short visit here in the city. I'm still struggling with how to quilt the quilt-a-long quilt. I may just have to bite the bullet and hand quilt it. I like it so much, I think it's worth the time.
So what's the something new? I had one of those sleepless nights and was up late. That's always a good time to start a project. Because I have so many friends having babies...5 in all...I have baby quilts on my mind all the time. Last week I bought this little flannel blanket at a thrift store for 50 cents. It's covered with these tiny little red Radio Flyer wagons. As I was ironing it, I thought about little red wagons. So many memories of all those things my brothers and I hauled around in our wagon, as well as my boys. The kids, dirt, sticks, rocks, stuffed animals and other assorted items that made good use of the wagon. I thought this little blanket might make a good back for a baby quilt. I perused the stash and chose a tiny red and cream stripe (looks like that old mattress ticking), the red and a cream solid. The red looks like a solid, but it has little black lines running through it, kind of like the crackle finish you put on furniture. I thought it needed something to make it more interesting and modern. Polka dots...and not just any polka dot...Olivia Exercises and Accessorizes dots of course. Is that not the greatest name for a fabric collection! And since I did say I was going to make log cabin blocks (wonky of course) along with Judy, I started sewing. These are the first 6. They're all about 9 inches, but I think I'm going to add cream around each one to make them all 12 inch blocks. I think the cream will lessen the busy feeling they have now and tie them together better.
A couple of quick questions for you young mom's out there...or anyone else that has an idea. What size is best for a baby quilt that will not just be for a newborn? I think the last one I made was a bit small. Also, I love the little red wagon blanket, but I don't know if I should make it part of the backing of this quilt. How do you feel about having something that is not brand new being part of a baby quilt? Any help would be appreciated. I really want to make something that a new mom will like, but also use. Have a great weekend everyone!