Since I finished my California Dreamin' quilt
I made my first quilt in December of 2008
when I was 8 months pregnant with our 8th child
It was quickly followed by another quilt
that I finished just 2 days before my sweet Lexi was born;
I had most definitely caught
the quilting bug!
After drooling over the fabric for almost 6 months
I finally decided to order it.
I'd only purchased designer fabric one other time
so this was a really big deal for me!
I thought I knew just how I was going to sew it up,
but then I started second-guessing myself.
After all, it was only my 7th quilt
what did I know??
So I just let my lovely fabric sit for awhile.
I finally decided to go with
but I changed up the dimensions a bit.
So I wouldn't waste a drop of fabric,
I cut a 5 inch strip
cut 2 squares out of it
then cut the remainder of the strip in half
and cut those 2 1/2" strips into 5" and 9" pieces.
Except for the two times I sewed merrily along
only to find I'd been using an empty bobbin
and the last 1/2 hour or so I spent with my seam ripper
I can say in all honesty
that I loved every minute of the 962 I spent making this quilt;
this fabric just makes me happy.
And it feels sooo nice.
that's not entirely true;
I didn't exactly love arranging the blocks.
In fact, it was stressing me out a bit
so I just stepped back and let Tony & Tyler
do it for me.
I stepped back in to help a little....
This was my first time to use white in a quilt.
I love it
but I did worry about the darn thing getting all dirty
before I'd even finished it.
I forgot the final step to making a quilt is
- hello -
the quilt is a perfect throw size at 56 x 74.
I briefly considered wrapping it up
and sending it to Jenean as a thank-you
for designing such beautiful fabric
but I quickly decided she couldn't possibly love it
as much as I do.