So I'm ambitious. If you know me well this isn't news to you. So when we moved Greta into her toddler bed and talked about the day that we'd have both girls in bunk beds I said to my loving husband that I'd love to make their quilts for their Big Girl Beds! Little did I know the work it would take to accomplish such a feat. Also- the tools. Also- the money.
But I trudged on. It all started with a trip to Joann with my dear Shelby for fabric. I quickly found 5 or so that I fell in love with and knew I wanted to do for Greta's. They are feminine but also not super girly. I bought what I could afford and we had a day of cutting- deciding to do a quilt of squares and rectangles that will make rows that would make a complete, twin size quilt. The squares that we had cut would piece together to make about a third of the entire top. Not enough.
So I saved. And bought more. And pieced them together. And realized that they were still not enough.
So I saved again. And cut coupons. And went back a third time for the rest of the materials I would need. Mind you- this was just for the top. I hadn't even dreamt of the back yet or the batting for the inside.
|Liz- my lovely mother-in-law taking a moment to sip some iced coffee!|
And so I did what anyone would do. I took about 6 months off from it :)
|The whole quilt top!|
And then Christmas came. And with it came the sales. And so I bought the batting one day on a solo trip to Joanns. And then that sat there.
|I made a mini quilt for Audrey's baby elephant so I could practice all my new skills before I tried it on a larger scale.|
|The backing all taped down .|
|Top on and pinned!|
To which I proceeded to sew four rows (the long way) only to realize that I hadn't dropped my feed dogs and the bottom of the quilt was sewn faster than the batting and the top. We had to rip them all out. And I was sad.
|Checking with other bloggers who quilt made all the difference!|
|Here's a terrible photo of the finished quilt. Dan is holding it with his arms stretched up all the way just to show how huge it is!|