This latest retreat was a bit different. I went knowing there were 2 projects I really needed/wanted to work on - a raffle quilt my mom and I are making for my niece's school (for the next school year of course) and a baby quilt. I also brought along a couple of wall hangings I could continue machine quilting if I found time.
I have so many quilting books on my shelves that I have yet to make a single quilt out of. One such book is Sizzlin' Sixties by Heather Mulder Peterson.
I really love most of the quilts in this book and they can all be made with a jelly roll. I had an Oz by Sanae jelly roll lying around just waiting for the perfect project. The prints in it are so happy and fun and I thought they would work well in a baby quilt.
I needed a 60 degree ruler to make this quilt so I went digging in my ruler drawer. OK, can I see a show of hands for anyone else out there who has a drawer full of rulers that they've never used before? I can't be the only one. (At least I hope not!) A number of them still had the shrink wrap on them. I was sure that I must have a 60 degree ruler. I pulled out a bunch of them and used the 60 degree line on my Creative Grids ruler to measure them. I couldn't find one! I was completely perplexed until I realized I was reading the ruler markings wrong. Duh!!! It turns out I have several 60 degree rulers.
When I started on this quilt at retreat I really thought it would be pretty easy (despite the pattern calling it advanced). I didn't consider how many bias edges and matching points there are. I'm glad I made a much smaller version of the cover quilt, 'Oh My Stars' or it would take a very long
I've also picked out a soft minkee backing for it as well.
I already know how I want to quilt it so once I get the borders on, I hope to get it done quickly. The baby is a preemie and still in the hospital so I have a little bit of time, but I'm praying she'll get to go home soon. She's had a challenging start to her life and I pray for every good blessing to come her way in the future.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you."
Jeremiah 29:11-12 NIV