Natalie’s Quilt

You may have figured out by now that I’ll have quite a bit of fabric by the time I’m done with Natalie’s weekly photos. My original plan was to do a very basic quilt a la Young House Love.

Simple, easy, and striking.

“Simple” and “easy” being two very important words, because my only prior quilting experience is a wall hanging that I made for my grandmother a few years ago. It was made with lots of love but zero skill, as the wonky corners and wandering, not-at-all straight lines can attest.

But then I thought, hey, self, why do something the easy way when you can make it terribly complicated and time consuming? And then I nodded sagely to myself, because I’d made some really great points.

I’d borrowed a book from the library about English paper piecing (a quilting technique that I won’t go into details about here; this is a good tutorial if you’re interested in learning more) that makes it look relatively easy. Deliberate and slow, to be sure, but not super difficult. I can operate scissors (more or less successfully) and I know how to whipstitch, so why not? I’ve always found the best way to learn new crafting skills is to just pick a project and dive right in, so that’s what I’m doing.

I haven’t done all of the quilty maths that I need to do, but almost every fabric will be used twice, and the quilt will fit a queen size bed (go big or go cry because you bit off way more than you can chew, that’s my motto!) It will look something like this, with white fabric for the background.

I’m super excited about it and have already started cutting out my diamonds while I’m waiting for the templates I ordered to help with the paper piecing to arrive.

2013-10-15 11.59.30-2My goal is to finish it before Natalie graduates high school. I’m only sort of kidding about that.

Ideally I’ll get caught up and make the star blocks from the fabrics that I’ve already used for her photo shoots, and then only have to do a block or two a week. In theory that seems reasonable but is most likely total madness.

I’ll be sure to keep you apprised of the insanity.

 

12 Responses to Natalie’s Quilt

  1. Erika Lloyd October 16, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    This is a really neat idea. Love the quilt!!

  2. Alexa February 11, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Ooh this looks like a great idea! I started a quilt when I was 12. I’m 37. Still not done! LOL. #SITSblogging

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

      Haha I think this project will have roughly the same lifespan :)

  3. Angie Nelson February 11, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    I absolutely love those colors/patterns. I have faith you will complete it before she graduates, or find a way to hide the evidence really well. 😉

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

      Angie, your comment made me laugh! Amen to hiding the evidence :)

  4. Http://Www.Echoer.Net/Blogs/Post/16093 October 5, 2014 at 12:47 am #

    With more and more franchisees and group of Ben 10
    to adhere to, the need for toys is merely set to boost as more and much more characters enter into play.
    The parents will get the dolls from local toy stores or
    online toy stores that hold sale or discount on black Friday or thanks
    giving days. Nerf xbox games These affordable F150
    accessories like grilles, nerf bars, floor
    mats, tanneau covers, wheels, desh kits and bed grills can be purchased at several retail
    stores of your respective Ford F150.

    If someone takes the toy designing as his profession that has all capacities relating the mentioned criteria, he will likely be famous within the long run. In the 1970’s, one of America’s most beloved toy franchises came increasingly under the paternalistic gaze
    with the Federal Government.

  5. www.opusfx.coom October 6, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    8  ↑  10  奏(かなで)《本人映像》  スキマスイッチ  
    玲奈なんてakbの選抜に居る時もボッチで指原くらいしか目をかけてくれる
    政府関係者が凄いものを披露したって悦に浸ってたってやつか

  6. www.Lookuppage.Com October 6, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    I have been exploring for a little bit for any high quality articles or blog posts on this sort of house .
    Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this web site. Reading
    this info So i’m happy to exhibit that I’ve an incredibly good uncanny feeling I found out exactly what I needed.
    I such a lot indisputably will make sure to do not put
    out of your mind this web site and provides it a look on a constant basis.

  7. www.bu.edu October 8, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    If you’re inside market for any DVR to your CCTV system, make
    certain that it supports H264 compression so that you simply could save the storage
    space without compromising video quality. Moreover they feature
    the installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and surveillance camera for monitoring
    the activities at the door step. Get cctv dvr CCTV IP Cameras are the top Solutions for Preventing Theft Burglaries along with
    a spy camera is usually utilized to take videos undetected as surveillance.

    For instance, on the boundaries in the Parliamentary estate, police on patrol alert CCTV operators of incidents via radio links.
    This is the reason why the emergence of different video security cameras, CCTV, DVR, and hidden camera styles are being sold inside market.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Seven Quick Takes: How Do You Like Them Apples? | Happy Helmraths - October 18, 2013

    […] I’m stalking the UPS guy waiting for my templates for Natalie’s quilt to arrive. I ordered them last weekend and paid a whopping $4 extra for super fast expedited as soon […]

  2. A Triumphant Return and a Craft Room Disaster | Crafty Sheep - November 4, 2013

    […] spent the last couple of weeks crafting up a storm and I’m excited to share about it here. Natalie’s quilt is a large part of what I’ve been working on, and I’m making really good progress […]

  3. Madeleine’s Quilt | Happy Helmraths - May 12, 2014

    […] I already had all of the fabric (I’ve used all of them except the pink chevron for Natalie’s weekly photos), this was a very economical project. I bought quilt-sized batting on major major clearance (I […]

Leave a Reply

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes