Saturday, July 30, 2011

Rag Quilts for Two Little Loves!

 In the last week or so I have come across several blogs that have really inspired me. Most of the blogs are about decorating and furniture up-cycle projects. I was so inspired that I have purchased 3 pieces of furniture off of Craigslist and plan to try my hand at painting. That is not what this post is about but just wanted to say I am inspired, which will give me some meat for my blog in the future! 
Okay onto my quilt post!  My sister Tiffany had twin boys a few weeks back.Gavin and Landon are such a blessing and this Auntie wanted to put her crafting skills to good use.  I knew I didn't want to just go and buy a gift at the store but I had no idea what I could make. The thing with my crafting is I don't craft as much as I desire too. I sit and think about how much I would like to make a dress, make a blanket, play with my Cricut Expression but in the end I just don't do it. I think a lot of my problem when it comes to crafting is that I get intimidated by the whole process. I am self taught in most of what I do and well I am no very organized.. No matter I was determined to make something for my nephews and whatever I made I wanted it to be special and something that they could use long after their newborn days. I was searching blogs and came across this tutorial on a Minky Stripe Rag quilt. I looked at this quilt and just knew this was what I was going to make. I went to the fabric store and found a cute owl print fabric, came home and got to work. Not only that but I finally got my embroidery part of my machine working again (just needed a serial converter).  These are the first rag quilts I have ever made and I am so happy I went with the stripe quilt vs. the square. I ran into some challenges but mmainly getting all the fabric to be cut evenly. Overall I am so pleased with how they turned out. The blankets vary slight in size but you would only know this if you laid them on top of each other. I will definitely make one of these again! She sent me pictures of the boys (they live in VA) with there blankets, highlight of my day. Here are a few pictures of the finished blankets...
 Yellow Owl Print

 Blue Owl Print Both together
Both together