Adventures in Quilt-Making

I’ve become addicted to making quilts lately. I discovered Fat Quarter Shop where you can buy sets for quilting and have been smitten by the quilt making bug ever since. I’m currently taking a break from my quilting project because my sewing machine is acting up and being completely uncooperative (yes, I talk about my sewing machine like it’s an indignant child sometimes). In any case, I’ve been using the leftover pieces from the pillowcase dresses that I’ve been making lately (see some previous posts about that!), and put together two baby-sized quilts. I’m planning on putting them in the Etsy shop, but I wish I had some friends who were having babies so I could give them the quilts as gifts.

Anyway, here’s the latest project. It’s a nautically themed quilt, which I picture more for a little boy but it could also work nicely for a girl. This is my current progress before the machine started being annoying. I’ve just started the actual quilting step, after deciding to just use the contrasting blue thread over a white thread. There are so many different color options here, it seemed it would have to overlap somewhere:


I have navy blue fabric for the binding once the quilt is done and the back is a cute whale pattern with the word “Ahoy” and anchors interspersed on it (there are a couple of squares in the quilt of the same fabric, actually).

This was the quilt I am almost finished with. I LOVE this fat quarter set. It’s woodland creatures and plants in peaches, whites and browns and it was super charming. When I saw it on the website, I had to buy it. In fact, I want to get more of it so I can make some more pillowcase dresses with it, and I’ll probably get some of the yardage for it as well to do some other designs… I actually want to make something for myself with it!


For this one, I used some yardage from the collection featuring trees and owls for the backing of the quilt. I like to do a pattern on the back rather than a solid, just to give it a contrast, and also the added bonus of it being reversible.


I placed an order today for three more fat quarter sets, so there should be many pillowcase dresses and quilts in the near future!

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