Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Brooklyn's bridge

Hi there! Hope your Tuesday is going fantastic! I finally had some time to just sit and sew recently and it was heaven!

There's nothing like the feeling of accomplishment to boost your spirits.

And so, here is Brooklyn's Bridge. I used a pattern from this book and made the throw size version, which just used 30-2 1/2" strips, exactly what I had for this line of fabric!

It is going to be a baby blanket for a friend who named her daughter-to-be Brooklyn and the latticing on it kind of reminded me of city bridge over water, hence the name "Brooklyn's Bridge".

Did you see the headstone in the background?

 I quilted it in an allover curlique, and it was the first time I had tried quilting that pattern. I need more practice at it, but I loved how fast the quilting went!

The backing is an ivory minkee fabric, which will be so cozy to snuggle under when rocking a cranky baby back to sleep in the middle of the night!

I might have taken this out on a test snuggle on the couch the other night...maybe :)

I also did my first real attempt at machine binding. I machine bound a quilt last year, but I didn't know what in the heck I was doing and it was two days before Christmas for a Christmas gift, so I just kind of guessed at how to do it in order to get it done. Needless to say, it wasn't very pretty, but it was done.

This time, I followed this tutorial, posted by Red Pepper Quilts, and had much better results. There are a couple things I need to work on, but overall, I was happy and came out with a nifty tip on matching the ends of the binding together!

The baby shower is this weekend, and it is so nice knowing I have a gift all ready to go, all snuggly and handmade, and super-sweet!