I’ve known this for a long, long time but I have a problem. I hoard craft supplies like none other, particularly fabrics. It’s gotten to the point of it being embarrassing. I can’t find things. I can’t remember that I even bought some of the things I find in my apartment. It’s bad people. Bad. So one of my primo resolutions for 2011 is to do something about that. Quit buying. Start making.
I present Exhibit #1, the “i’m a wiener! baby quilt” from Boo Davis’ awesome book, Dare to be Square Quilting. I’ve tried to avoid buying any more craft books (I already have enough to last three lifetimes) but this is one that I’m very glad I picked up. The quilts are whimsical and fun. I love Davis’ no-nonsense approach to quilting. This quilt top came together quickly. I was able to do the quilt top and back in just one caffeine-fueled Saturday. I dragged my feet on the quilting and binding and completed it while watching movies with my dad. In the end though, so worth it! I’m so happy with the way this turned out. Though it’s a “baby quilt,” (on the smallish side, 41″x41″) it’s staying on my couch or possibly following me to the office.
The batting is Quilters Dream Natural Deluxe Dream-High Loft which I got from Purl Soho. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect batting (past experiences with batting have yielded quilts that felt too thin and stiff to me). I may have found a winner with this one though. It’s got nice loft and warmth and yields a wonderfully crinkly quilt after washing. The thing that I love most about this quilt though is that it was a stash buster. Minus the solids I needed for this quilt (Kona Cotton in sage, various shades of brown Kona), all of the other fabrics are straight from the stash, including the perfect daschund fabric backing I picked up on sale at Superbuzzy years ago.
I’m hoping for a lot more of these stash-busting quilts in 2011! Hold me to it, ok?