Friday, July 3, 2020

Baby quilt.....

It appears I am in need of a baby boy quilt! As the master procrastinator that I am..... I kept putting it off as inspiration had not sprung other than I really wanted an iSpy of some sort.

Well, I played with some blue and made a little version of Magic Star top earlier this week. I realize I have the squares flipped the wrong way too but I didn't like how the 2 color looked with it the proper way. What if I added a dark blue border to make it a wee bit bigger and add some fun 'boy' fabrics to the back and make it a 2 sided quilt? I like it! I think it is around 40 inches. 

I had to hit the store and get a few veggies Wednesday so I went to the 'big' Walmart for the first time since January I think. I have been to the neighborhood one with just groceries and essentials but I wanted to check out the fabric aisle. Let's just say... there were 7 FQ's and maybe 15-20 bolts of fabric in the whole cotton aisle...... That's it! I grabbed 4 fat quarters - baseballs and bats, doggies, dinosaurs and a cute red check with ants crawling all over it. Boys love bugs ..... well, all but mine does! Aidan took one look and told me to remove the ants... they might think they were real ants! He also asked why I was using his fabrics! 
I was a wee bit disappointed by the lack of selection but that is why we have a stash! When the t-storm dropped my connection to work again Thursday, I took the time to shop the wall and pull some 'fun' fabrics. I found some Thomas the train, owls, horses, cats, red sox - cause I HAVE to add that in with my family!, turtles, pumpkins, bats, etc. It worked. I figured if I cut 16 fabrics of 10.5 inch squares it should make a fun 40x40 backing and I'll border it to make it the same size as the front. That way the kids (he has 2 older sisters!) can do some iSpy searching together.

So other than completely forgetting the back needs to be bigger to quilt it (can you tell it has been a while since I have actually finished something?) I am going to make this work!
I have no clue how to quilt this one.... I am thinking on the diagonal from the magic star side. I'll use warm and natural so it won't need much quilting. That is today's project - get it pinned and quilted and make and add a binding to the top.  

I did manage to find a package of elastic while shopping so I plan to make a few more masks so we all have an extra one. I finished off mine and ordered some fabrics from Connecting Threads to make Greg a few more with just loops over the ears for working. They have to have plain so I have Aloe and Sage basics on order to go with the Publix green. It will also work as vines when I ever finish off the applique for the midget applique quilt... hopefully sometime this year now that I have my bias binding maker again.


Julierose said...

Nice one-block quilt idea; I like the "I SPY" fabric choices--so cute...brave you to go to a big store;000 I haven't ventured out past my early hrs grocery. Stay safe--hearing dire reports from your State...;000~ ~ ~ waving from AC ~ ~ ~ Julierose

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I like how you made both - front and back! I think that's a great layout for the Magic Star blocks, and the back will be lots of fun, too. Enjoy finishing it up! Lots of empty shelves at our Walmart, too. I needed some bias binding tape and that display was completely empty - two weeks in a row!


I am hearing that all the Walmarts are empty of fabric or have hardly any ---even in NY so it's a problem everywhere--I think someone said even Joann's was very low on fabric--so maybe shipments aren't getting done??? I do love my online shopping though once in awhile--the color is totally different that what I thought I had ordered--yet some of them are the ones that have fit into a quilt the best!!!!
I mostly ordered some fabrics this month in larger pieces for backings on projects for some of my dirty dozen that I plan to finish this next year--one site did have some small renment pieces that I liked so did order them too--
and I have decided to do my embroidery floss on the cards in the plastic boxes so I can see the whole line of colors-I seem to be collecting alot of embroidery patterns--and as Joann's had a 20% off an online order, I ordered the boxes, and cards to start on the project--it will be a big job--hey--maybe Adrian would like to come and visit and help me or one of the kitties!!!!
take care--I am staying inside the next couple days--
luv, di opps--forgot to tell you I love the new baby blanket!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I hope you do not have trouble with your order - mine are lost someplace. I will need to call the 800 number on Monday as I have had no response from my email.
Glad you found a little at Wal-Mart - I tried the Neighborhood Market last week but was uncomfortable there it was so busy - I rather go the big one while the virus is active as it is more spread out and not so crowded.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I like the way your top turned out! Great idea to make it a two sided quilt!

a good yarn said...

What a great idea to make the quilt reversible. Walmart sounds fascinating and we don't have anything like that here. Fabric and vegetables in the one store. Happy 4th July!

Angela said...

I love the idea of a reversible quilt. Lots of fun fabrics on the back. Our local fabric shops were all pretty empty when last I checked. I've given up and started to order everything online.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Oh, Deb, it looks fabulous!! I'm glad the you exercised your creativity and made the tutorial your own. A giant 16-Patch for the back makes it a fun baby quilt, too! (Poor, Aidan! What were you thinking by raiding HIS fabric stash?!) Best of luck with getting it quilted finished over the holiday weekend.