This week I found out my sister-in-law is expecting a girl. She'd called it - her mom had all girls and her sisters, so far, have all had girls. But I don't think it matters much to her, so long as the baby is healthy.
I had picked up the pattern "The Hoots!" by Amy Bradley Designs quite a while ago at a kinda-local quilt shop and was just waiting. My sis-in-law loves owls, so it's perfect!
I went through my stash of leftovers and chose quite a few fabrics that might work and planned to stop at JoAnn's after work one day next week, but yesterday the hubby's video game system fried itself, so off we went to get it repaired. We were so close to a JoAnn's and he was waiting, hoping it would be fixed quickly, so we stopped. (Well, the hubby waited in the car, but at least this time I knew his impatience wasn't MY fault!)
I had a lot of trouble choosing fabrics. The selection seemed to be quite picked over and nothing seemed to just feel right for the background. I may stop at Hobby Lobby this week for a second chance, but they were closed by the time we got there yesterday.
But you can help!
The yellows, pinks and oranges will be the owls. The pink with owls will be an outer border. The viney floral at the bottom will be the back of the quilt. And that's the pattern in the bottom left corner.
Which background would you use?
(I was hoping for something with a bit of a print, but those dots seem too small and the flowers too large.)
And which green?
I'm thinking to use it for binding as well as a skinny inner border, if I have enough.
The pinks are all new (I had only paler pinks), but all the yellows and oranges are from my stash - some of them are fabrics I picked up on impulse and have been giving me the evil eye for a while, so I'm glad to be using them.
Everybody has been washed, but not yet pressed. Doesn't that look so fun? I want to just dive in, but with my indecision (and unhappiness) with the background fabric, I'm hesitating.
But that's okay because Judy released the first 2012 UFO Challenge number:
That would be the "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" quilt. Here's where I am:
I have the border fabric and pattern. Ummmm...there's a big chunk in the middle missing there! I do have some fabrics in my stash that will work for these, but I think my mom's stash will also get a reduction for this project! (I'm positive she won't complain.)
I was so hoping she'd pick something easier for the first month, but how could she have known this was one of the ones furthest from finishing? Ah well, get it out of the way!
I've opened the pattern and started figuring it out. It's not the easiest pattern I've seen, but there are lots of photos, so I should be okay. I counted and it will take 80 blocks to make a queen-size quilt. And the blocks will be 9.5" finished with 1.25" logs. Yikes!
And just in case I don't want to work on this, I have a few new books:
(The cat hair book was a "sort-of joke" from my mom for Christmas. Let's see how funny it is when they all get projects from this book for Christmas next year!)
Or I can go organize some stuff:
I found these at Target for $1! I bought all they had in this print and may go find another Target to get a few more. (So much cuter than the homemade ones I made a while ago - and filled up!)
What are you all doing on this first day of the new year?