I’m feeling a little bit of “office fever” recently (you know, like cabin fever). I really love my job, but I wish I had more time to spend in my sewing room. I have so many ideas floating around in that room that need to materialize (pun intended) in order for me to feel like I am keeping my sanity. The thing with sewing for me is that it is not just about selling something or getting compliments when I use what I have made; it’s more about the outlet of energy that occurs when I go through the process of creating something and the deep satisfaction that results in finishing that process.
In an effort to work within my very small amount of free time, I am making a quilt for my daughter’s one year birthday. Her birthday is just under 6 months from now, and I am trying to see each step as it’s own project. So I have ordered the main fabric that will make up the blocks on the front of the quilt. The pieces are washed, ironed, and ready for me to begin working. I even spent 45 minutes laying out all the squares in the order I want them on the quilt!
I chose to use one fabric line for the majority of the quilt. It’s the Hunky Dory line by Chez Moi from Moda Fabrics. I love the colors in this line, and the patterns are perfect for what I want. I would love to do a whole bedding set with this fabric, but one thing at a time!
Since I have never made a quilt before, I am using a pattern. I bought the Flora & Fauna pattern from Crazy Old Ladies. I have to admit that as a beginning quilter, I was slightly disappointed when I first received the pattern. The instructions are very basic and assume that you already know how to do the different parts of making a quilt (like sandwiching, binding, free motion stitching, etc.). It would have been nice to get a little more information, especially on binding and free motion stitching techniques, but thankfully there are lots of other resources for beginners like me to figure that stuff out. With that said, I am excited about this quilt and am looking forward to getting started with some of the sewing.