So finally some better photos of this whole quilt. No, it's not huge. It's baby size. Like probably around 38"x42". Is that any surprise? I make a lot of baby size quilts, and there are a few reasons for this.
- my kids are little. my 'baby' is two now, so i can't say I have babies, but these smaller quilts really are a nice size for babies.
-I make a lot of my quilts to sell in my shop, and at this point I've focused on this smaller size. Larger quilts take so much more time and material, they just cost a lot! So the lower price on smaller quilts makes them attractive to the buyer. Talking about pricing quilts, you can read some interesting articles here and here. One of these days maybe I'll give you my take on that one, but I don't want to get off track here!
-and let me say one more word for these baby quilts. I know some people look down their nose and think they're useless and only for lazy people to make, but I HIGHLY recommend that if you're a beginning quilter, try making a small quilt like this first. If you don't have a baby in your life to give it to, use it as a wallhanging. You will have SO much less frustration starting out on a small scale like this. And since you'll have so much fun learning the basics on this small quilt, you'll be ready to go onto a bigger project, rather than risk stalling halfway through your massive twin size quilt cause it's just too overwhelming!
Here's a blurry photo of the whole thing! I always get in a grumpy mood trying to take photos of my quilts. It doesn't help that the kids are usually running around bumping into me and making a massize mess all around me, but in my lack of a clothesline or any really good spot I finally settled on getting my four-year-old to hold it up for me. (and yes, he was very impatient and ready to take me up on my bribe of jumping on the trampoline with him)
One thing that always amazes me is that I can have a fabric in my stash for a year or two, work around it, see it all the time, but never really SEE it, until I use it in a quilt, and suddenly it just pops out at me as a Wonderful fabric. Case in point; that print to the right hand side of the star. I used a narrow strip of it here, and I was struck with it's luminosity. It practically glows, and although it's a bit of an unusual color combo for me, I just love it and have been resisting the urge to go buy a bunch more before it's all gone forever!
And the back, which is just three big strips of more Innocent Crush. Now I'll tell you a little secret. That bottom stripe there? Well, actually the top fireworks looking print too. I thought they were just well.um.how-do-i-say-this-nicely, I just didn't like them! But now that they're in the quilt, I think they've spiffed up quite nicely! Just goes to show that there is no such thing as ugly fabric! Or is there? Can you think of a fabric that simply could not be redeemed?