In my last post, I talked about how I was planning on making a few baby quilts for when we’re finally matched and bring home our baby. I decided to make a “girl” and a “boy” quilt, and then I can donate whichever one we don’t end up needing. Since this was my first quilt, I really wanted something simple and easy to do, and I found a really neat pattern from Fat Quarter Shop, called Jelly Roll Jam. There’s even a YouTube tutorial!
So, over the past 10 days, I’ve been frantically waiting for my second jelly roll of fabric to arrive (I wanted to mix and match from two different rolls, but didn’t realize this until after getting my first jelly roll in the mail). Once it showed up, it was time to get quilting! All in all, I probably put in around 10 hours, from start to finish, and I am really happy with how this first quilt turned out! I machine quilted it and used my sewing machine to bind it as well (who has time for hand sewing?!), and I can’t wait to throw it in the wash a few times to really soften it up!
The “Boy” quilt is next…I’m excited to see how it turns out as well!
Ok…not really schenanigans, more so that it’s just another opportunity for me to take on another hobby that I will inevitably spend too much money buying supplies on.
A month or so ago, I decided that I wanted to make another blanket for the nursery. Crochet will always be my first love, but I didn’t want everything to be crocheted in the room, and I’ve been wanting to do more sewing for quite some time, so I thought now was a good time to get started. So…I started YouTubing for some easy quilt tutorials and came across one from Fat Quarter Shop called Jelly Roll Jam. It looked fairly easy (because, well, everything on YouTube looks easy!), and I really liked the finished product, plus all the fabric was precut, so I was hoping this was a safe bet for a first quilt. I asked a few of my quilting friends and they all told me it was a good starter quilt, so I felt better about my plan. I stalked some fabric websites, picked out some fabric, bought the “necessary” supplies, and am now getting ready to go!
My fabric came in last night. I ended up buying two Jelly Rolls so that I could mix and match the fabric lines. I plan on making TWO quilts, a “boy” quilt and a “girl” quilt. We have no idea what sex we’ll end up being matched with, so I figure I can put them both up in the closet and then pull out the right quilt when the time comes. I can either just put up the other quilt (in the hopes that we adopt a second child), or I can pass it on to a friend with a child…or the cats will just “liberate” it for their use. We’ll see…or maybe we’ll adopt twins! If I sew it, they will come, right??
I plan on getting started later today, and I’ll do another post on my progress. Of course, the lady on YouTube sews the entire top of the quilt in 20 minutes, but I have a feeling it’ll take quite a bit longer for me. I’ll post photos once it’s something more than a pile of fabric strips though! Wish me luck on my newest hobby!