Week four of our October Challenge is all about finishing off, but let's try using a binding or method of finishing off that you don't normally use. Sometimes it is fun to step outside the box and give something new a try especially if we have been doing the same for years. It so happens that I have used three different bindings this week that are not my regular kind so thought it would be cool to share these here.
Stitching is always my favorite part and usually I tend to use free-motion to attach applique pieces but this time, I decided to fall back on the old familiar blanket stitching. I haven't done this in a long time, but I figured seeing as these blocks were going to be "baby" handled, they need to have very secure edges. Because of this, I decided the original variegated threads I'd selected were probably not ideal. I found some others to match the fabrics. I love these bright colors!
This small wall hanging is my current work in progress. It is a small memory quilt, a collection of items that I have gathered over a number of years.
These weeks certainly come around quickly! Did you manage to connect the selection you collected in week 1 with someone you were thinking about in week 2? I think the alphabet quilt certainly helped me. In fact, I had so much fun putting it together that I decided to make a second block. I'll tell you about it below, but first what's in store for this week?
A friend of mine is expecting so that is who I'm focusing this challenge on. Last week I mentioned letters from the ABC's pattern so I'm going to connect both of those ideas to come up with one block.
Did you gather some baby theme fabric? Do you have some ideas to work with? I hope so.
I don't know about you, but I love making things for babies or inspired by babies so this challenge is bound to be fun, although I'm starting off a little tough because I don't have a lot of 'baby' inspired fabric to work with. I hunted in my stash and only came up with about four suitable fabrics.
I've been spending a little extra time with my grandbabies now that I'm living closer to them so this month's challenge I decided would be "baby" themed. The idea is to come up with as many ideas as you can that may be associated with "baby".
Are there times you'd like to create a quilt in a different color scheme? I often wonder how one of my quilts would look using orange instead of yellow for example or see a pattern I like but want to create it in a completely different color scheme. I have an easy way to decide which colors I want so I thought I'd show you this simple trick on how you can get an idea for different colors in your quilt. I'm going to use my Color Connections pattern as an example.