People who know me know I'm a hobby knitter. I've knit little sweaters and hats and vests and blankies for most of the wee ones our friends have welcomed in the last few years, and I love love love doing it. I was ready to (and actually started to) knit a little sweater dress for M too, when we did a little closet-cleanup and SB saw some of the quilts my grandmother, aunts, and great-grandmother had made for me.
"Why don't you make a quilt for the baby?" he asked innocently. It was at that moment I realized he has far higher esteem for my crafting abilities than I do, and also that I am just crazy enough to believe him and embark on my first quilting project. Just like that.
Generally, if I can find good enough instructions, I can pretty much make anything. It may have a few quirks and kinks, but for the most part I can get a project done if I have something to tell me step by step how to do it. So I did some googling.
I found the Moda Bake Shop, which is at once instructive and inspiring. There are tons and tons of sewing projects on there, and you can also find pre-cut fabric bundles through many online retailers that takes all the guess work out of choosing fabric patterns and cutting fabric pieces. I chose a baby quilt, ordered some fabric, and away I went.
My fabric arrived like this:
Isn't it beautiful? It's called a Jelly Roll, and mine was full of fabric from the Moda Central Park line by Kate Spain.
Here are some of the fabric swatches while I was trying to pair them up for the quilt blocks:
Currently, I am finishing the last part of the quilting portion of this project. This is the second to last step, people! I have been working on it since January, when I hoped to get the bulk of it done before M's arrival (only she arrived a week early instead of like most first babies, who arrive late), but now it's almost done! And while I pieced together the blocks using the sewing machine, I did the actual quilting by hand! Like my grandmother used to do!
For some reason I feel more proud of this project then any of my knitting projects. And for some reason I feel like when it is finished I am going to experience a major let-down - this project which has been so exciting and creatively invigorating will be over. And while there will be satisfaction in a work accomplished, and excitement over starting a new project, there will never be another first quilt, and it will never be close to complete ever again.
Once it's done, I'll take a photo of M playing on it. But for now I am basking in the anticipation of it being almost done.