I revealed on my other weblog[*] the other day that my husband and I are expecting a baby boy (boy, at least according to the ultrasound technician) this summer. I’m planning, of course, to make this kid a quilt of some sort, although I’m not going to put pressure on myself to do it before he’s born - I think a first birthday blankie might be nice. As usual, I end up with way too many ideas and ambitions, though, and am now thinking that I should aim to make him a new blanket/quilt for every birthday. Probably too much, though, right?
[*] Note that due to a screw-up on my part, all comments on that site were blown away and haven’t been recovered yet… Oopsie. You should be able to comment there again now, though. Le sigh.
My Christmas tree is decorated with childhood ornaments, handmade ornaments and repurposed items (like a pepper shaker I strung with ribbon and a small egg beater). I’ve been thinking that it looks a bit bare this year, and that maybe it needs some kind of garland.
I saw this yo-yo garland on Crea8tive Quilter and absolutely fell in love with it. Wouldn’t it look cool in those colors, but totally scrappy with all sorts of different prints? As it turns out yo-yo garland is everywhere. But I thought the yo-yo’s might look a bit too big and chunky on my tree. I want something to fill in empty spaces with color, not something that becomes the major element of the tree.
Then I saw this tiny yo-yo quilt on Sunshine’s Creations. It’s made up of 819 yo-yo’s crammed into only 21-1/4 x 41-1/4 inches. Imagine! They are just slightly larger than a quarter.
And of course I thought “A-ha!” A garland made up of teeny-tiny yo-yos would be just perfect. And the yo-yos themselves would make a nice tv-watching project. Unfortunately, I hate hand-sewing, but since it’s not necessary to make the hand-sewn hem perfectly neat, it might be ok. I think I’ll try one or two of these over New Year’s and see if I like making them.
How to Make Yo-Yo’s
Here’s a discussion question… suppose someone has a birthday in December (like, 3/4 of my closest family has a birthday in December, for example! - although I’m not talking about them) and you want to make them a birthday quilt. But it’s also December! And they celebrate Christmas. So, do you use Christmas colors? Is it ok to? I love Christmas colors, so it’s tempting. But do people find that annoying? I could always sort of compromise and go for blues and silvers or something like that…
Decisions, decisions? Thoughts?
I have started sewing and cutting for the project I’ll codename ‘Yellow Star.’ It’s a fairly complicated project, but I think it will be very dramatic in the end. It’s a variation on the design shown in this post (which I foolish, oh so foolishly, titled “‘04 Projects” — yes, as in 2004 Bwahaha.) I’ve also started noodling (in Electric Quilt 6) on a design for the project that will come after that. I learned how to do a new thing in EQ6 - namely, design my own block. It wasn’t my block design, though. I was copying one out of a magazine that EQ6 didn’t have in its database. Anyway, it’s not very hard, although I had to use the book for help — the software itself is not all that intuitive. I don’t think the design I have is anywhere near final (or will even have any relation to what I end up with), but it was good to play around with it a bit.
A friend of mine mentioned to me that she wasn’t able to post comments here the other day. I finally figured out why - comments are blocked after 21 days on a post (to avoid spam.) I’d forgotten I set it up to do that. So the lesson is, I have to post at least every 3 weeks so that there’s something at the top that people can post on! I’ll try to be better about that.
Pictures still to come of the finished quilt for my cousin.
One of my cousins just had a baby girl. (Well, his wife did, I mean.) Unless I’m horribly forgetting someone, I think it is the first child of that generation on that side of the family. And her initials are the same as mine! So, of course, I feel compelled to make a baby quilt for her as quickly as possible. It’s funny — I knew they were pregnant, but we are not actually that close and until I got an email with a bunch of pictures it didn’t really sink in, in the “must make baby quilt” fashion.
She was born on February 13 - almost a Valentine’s baby - so the quilt may have to reds and pinks and hearts in it. Not sure…. Suggestions on quick and easy (but still striking) designs are welcome.