Friday, August 13, 2010

Lovin' Little Quilts

I don't know why—maybe it's the slightly-more-instant gratification—but I've completely fallen in love with making little quilts. When I first started quilting, I didn't understand why anyone would bother making a quilt that you couldn't wrap up in. I'm now older, wiser and have a shorter attention span than a full episode of Frasier, so it's becoming more and more fun to make small quilts that can brighten up my cube at work.

I shall come back to this topic.

This story occurs after I had just recently moved into my new apartment. My craft room wasn't (and still isn't) set up yet, but I got a total wild-hair one Saturday morning, and I suddenly NEEDED to make the New Wave Quilt (from Oh, Fransson!). I'm not really a pastel-y kind of girl, but I got inspired by the vase sitting next to my bed . . . .

So I ran around my apartment, tore through the moving boxes and started grabbing fat quarters from my stash. Next thing I knew, my dining room had been converted to a sewing room, and I was putting together my aqua/pink/white New Wave quilt.


Long story short, I loved making the quilt—it went together super-fast, and just looks really clean and breezy-cool. I also taped the columns on my wall with red electrical tape to keep the pieces organized.

I long for a design wall. . . .



But back to the love of the small quilts . . .

I liked the big version of this quilt so much, that I decided I needed a little version for my cube at work. I'm totally in love with the red/aqua color combination, so I dug back into the stash for my baby quilt. The quilt goes together the same way as in the big version, but just scale the template down until it's small enough for you. Just make sure to do it proportionally on all sides so the shape stays the same.


It's about the same size as the quilt in my last post that I gave to my sister. (I'd measure, but it's hanging by my desk at work right now.)

When giving these as gifts, I like to fold the quilt in half lengthwise, roll it up into a bundle, and tie closed with a piece of selvedge.  Sweet!


I think I see a mini hexi quilt in my future . . . .

2 comments:

Elizabeth Rea said...

Great job on the New Wave -- love it in pink and aqua. I have a bunch of Oh Fransson's patterns that I'm itching to try out.

Karen said...

So cute! I absolutely LOVE mine. It makes me smile every day and really does so much to brighten everything up. :)

I like your "vase inspiration" too. That's so cute. I got inspired by La Taqueria's neon sign the other night - This is going to make one trippy granny square blanket!