Is there such a thing as “grammy nesting”?
Because if there is, I think I am experiencing it.
My second daughter is having her first baby, and I am going to fly down to her house to help out after the baby is born.
Hence, the nesting.
Or maybe more accurately, the realization that “holy crap, I better get some of this done before I leave town”.
Whichever it is, it has been energizing me to get some of those half-done projects actually finished.
First on the list: the baby quilt.
(Because then I can take it with me, and not have to ship it. And maybe use it as a pillow on my flight. :))
I started this project with somewhat reasonable expectations, never having actually made a quilt before.
I call it a “cheater quilt”, because really, there is no piecing together of various fabrics, like a normal quilt. However, there is quilt batting and quilt stitching involved.
I got two fabrics that I liked and that coordinated, cut them to a baby quilt size.
I sandwiched them together (I used fusible batting for those of you who want to know), sewed around 3/4 of the outside edge, turned inside out, and sewed the remaining edge closed, with a little overlap at the top.
Theo helped along the way.
Now for the quilting part. Here’s where I employed the old skiing mantra of a friend of ours–”Ambition over ability.”
I have never quilted before. Ever.
So it makes perfect sense that I would try free-motion quilting for my first project. :)
I divided my quilt into five areas, and planned out my free-motion patterns.
The first section went reasonably well…for a first timer. And it was mostly straight lines.
The second section was supposed to be wavy lines. Easy, right?
I may have been heard to mutter, “Stupid thread. Stupid sewing machine. Stupid quilt.”
(I probably should have been saying, “Stupid me, for thinking I could do this.”)
I managed to get through all the sections, slowly and painfully. (The more sections I did, the better my free-motioning looked. So that gives me hope.)
But I also think I probably didn’t do it properly, and may have issues later with threads coming loose, etc.
It is done, and it doesn’t look all that bad. Especially from a distance. :)
Its imperfections add to its charm, no?
(Here’s where you politely agree with me.)
I’m thinking it would be a good blankie to sit on or drag around in the dirt outside while you play.
It’s kind of rumply and wrinkly and imperfect.
But I’m hoping that Grandbaby Girl will love both of us.