Baby Bunting – Free Quilt Pattern at BOMquilts.com

Have some fun with this new and free quilt pattern*, found at BOMquilts.com!  The baby who received this special gift from me will hopefully cherish it for years (and possibly generations) to come!

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Baby Bunting designed by TK Harrison for BOMquilts.com

*Note:  This quilt was quilted by Meloney Funk.  The quilt was sponsored by Abbi May’s Fabric Shop and Aurifil threads and the pattern was originally published in the March 2014 edition of The Quilt Pattern Magazine


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    Fabric Stroking Has Begun!

    Ah yes, those of us who are true and blue quilters take our quilt fabrics quite serious.  First, we anticipate what’s in the package that was delivered in the mail from one of our favorite online quilt shops.  Then we make ourselves comfy in our favorite chair, along with our beverage of choice and our scissors, pocket knife or some other sharp object to cut through the strapping tape.

    And now the much anticipated moment is here – getting a first look at our fabric!

    Then, the real work begins – making sure the fabric is absolutely perfect for our quilt project.

    First is the sniff test.  We don’t want our fabric to smell like a pet or anything else except fabric and sizing.  Once we are sure that the fabric is safe by our noses, we may scrunch it up and put our whole face into it – reveling in it’s softness.

    We lay the fabric out on a flat surface so we can see all of the colors together and separately.  We walk by it five or 20 times, just to see it every time we walk by, and in different lights such as sunlight and room lighting.

    Once we are satisfied visually, the next day or week we begin stroking the fabric as we walk by.  We need to feel the fabric on our palms and between our fingers, especially to make sure it will feel wonderful in a quilt.

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    Of the five senses that most of us possess, the only one that isn’t used is our sense of hearing.  But, if you are really a quilter – you can hear your fabric talking to you throughout this entire process!


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      Back to the Basics of Quilting

      I consider myself a traditional quilter.  I’m not into paper or foundation piecing, not interested in using templates to put blocks together and only do raw edge applique.  I have tried all of these other techniques but always found myself going back to the one I love the most – making traditional quilt blocks.  It truly is the construction of the blocks that I love.

      And I am one of those who absolutely LOVES block of the month (BOM) quilts.  Do a few quick blocks a month and at the end of the time period, I’ll have a completed quilt top!  I’ve participated in one mystery quilt, in the past, and that quilt is absolutely my favorite of all of the quilts that I’ve made.  I used the same pattern to make a couple more quilts but have not felt the urge to join in a mystery quilt project after that.  I’ll stick with BOM quilts.

      This weekend, I found myself finally ready to put the finishing touches on a couple of quilts.  Again, I went the traditional route of finishing them.  For this quilt, I sewed my binding to the front of the quilt and then whip-stitched the binding to the back of the quilt:

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      For another quilt, I prepared a quilt label and then wrote on it, giving the information that will (hopefully) last throughout the years.

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      What type of quilter are YOU?


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          It’s Never too Early to Start your Christmas Crafts!

          Ahem.  Ummm.  Yeah, well.  Ahem.  (whispering)…I started these 2″ Styrofoam fabric balls (tutorial here) last year, planning to gift them to the kids’ teachers at school for Christmas gifts.  I even purchased thin wooden ‘stems’ and a couple of branches of silk leaves to create a one-of-a-kind long stem prickly Christmas flower.  Ahem.  Yeah.  What you see below is as far as I got.  Epic failure on my part…but I assure you, I have already planned for this year’s teacher gifts and they are WAY simpler (and a lot less painful to your fingers) than these fabric balls.

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          I’ll get these done sooner or later…just not right now.  :-)


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