Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Going to Pieces

I stayed home sick yesterday. While I spent a great deal of time on the sofa I also got a few things done. First off, the bunnies now have faces and clothes:

I think the one on the right is my favorite. Her little outfit came out so cute. Both bunnies are made entirely from scraps I had in the fabric bin.

I then added some pink cheeks to the left bunny:

Not sure if I love the rosy cheeks and I'm definitely not sure of her Napoleon hat! These bunnies need names. Suggestions?

Also yesterday I came up with the bright idea to start a quilt. Yes, me. The NON-sewer*. Must have been the fever! So I pulled out all the vintage pillow cases I've been hoarding:

Well they sort of match. I'm thinking a nice beach blanket, huh?

Once I started cutting the pieces I realized that I had to ditch one of the blue cases as it wasn't actually a case, it was a strip from a sheet and wouldn't yield many squares. I worried that would throw off my "pattern." *eyes rolling here*

So here is how the top is laying out so far. I have 6 different patterns cut into 5 inch squares. Each row/strip will have 12 squares. So far so good? I have no idea. I will either love it for it's cuteness or love it for it's sheer ugliness. Either way I win.

Now my quilty friends out there will have to come to my rescue once I actually get the top put together. I already have some cotton batting and I think the right sheet to use as the backing but as far as the actual quilting goes, I'm a bit scared. I thought about getting a light terry cloth for the back but A) I wonder, will it be too thick to sew through?? and B) that will defeat my purpose of using stuff I already have. Thoughts??

hugs - R

* - I CAN sew. I know that. But I have practically no patience which does not help and thus frustrates me. Plus I hate ruining things and this has kept me from even trying to sew the simplest things. The rabbits were a success and that makes me venture into more trying patterns. I appreciate all your fine comments and encouragement!


Sarah and Jack said...

Haha, you make me laugh.

Dont use the terry, just use cotton sheeting. Two different fabrics + quilting = disaster and frustration.

LA said...

I love the look of the quilt. What a great idea!

The rabbits are adorable. I'm so impressed with you making them AND in time for Easter. You got game in 2008, girl! :)

Cheers! LA

Unknown said...

The bunnies are adorable! I love their little faces. :)

I will be following your quilt progress with much interest! I have an entire drawer full of vintage pillowcases and need to put them to good use. Keep us updated!

Thimbleanna said...

Yay -- you're quilting! I think terry would be really cute for a beach quilt. Might be a little difficult to work with, but would be good to wrap up in when wet! As long as you're not handquilting it, I don't see a big problem!

Vallen said...

How about a chenille bedspread on back and then just tie the layers togeter at the corners of the squares. I love quiltes like that. And I love the way this is looking.

Kai said...

The quilt is going to be beautiful! It looks HAPPY! As for bunny names, how about Blush for the striped outfitted one & Bliss for the heart one? By the way, you no longer get to claim 'status' as a non-sewing person. LOL!

LeeAnn said...

That blanket is going to turn out fabulous! I'd stick to using the sheet as the backing. It will make the machine quilting so much easier.

Katie Jean said...

Oh the bunnies are cute. I agree with sarah and leeann about the sheet. It would be much easier to do a lot of quilting with that. But, if you want to do very simply lines, you could use terry cloth. You just have to get the right size sewing needle and baste it really, really well.

Good luck!

Jodi Ohl said...

I'm not going to give you any sewing advice because, well, you'd end up with a pillow if I did..heehee. I'll cheer you on with your adventure though!! Kudos for stepping out of your comfort zone and putting some of your stash to use. Both not easy things to do!

Jennifer W. said...

The rabbits are too cute, and best wishes on the quilt!!

Heidi said...

I have that pink and green pillowcase too, in case you need more. I've been thinking about a quilt someday too. I'll watch you first!

linda t said...

I also have a basket full of vintage pillowcases and you my dear, have inspired me to make a soft, fluffy quilt!! Love the ways yours is turning out!
Great job!
And your Savers finds are the best!
LOVE the cake plate!! Such a deal!


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