Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Finally.

It's been nearly a month since my last post, and it sure feels good to finally finish something again. There's been a bit of a sewing blackout 'round these parts lately, but it's time to put an end to all that and get back to stitching.

This fun little baby quilt was made using a charm pack of one of my favorite new lines, Aneela Hoey's A Walk In the Woods. Don't you just love Red Riding Hood and the wolf? This is my first foray into the world of precuts, and I've come to a few conclusions about charm packs:
  1. They're a great way to test out a fabric collection. I love that I spent less than $10 for a little sampling of each of the prints in this line.
  2. A single charm pack can make putting together a baby quilt a breeze.
  3. They're a little limiting in what you can do with them if you're making a quilt, especially if you only have one charm pack on hand. I did a huge search for quilt ideas and while many were lovely they required more than one charm pack... and I only had one to work with. That, and there are only so many ways you can cut a charm pack to make a baby quilt.
  4. You may receive a few repeat prints/colors but be missing others. This isn't a deal breaker for me, but something I'll remember for next time.
In the end, I love how this little quilt turned out. I used Denyse Schmidt prints from JoAnn for the backing and binding – it's amazing how perfectly the colors matched up with A Walk In the Woods. I machine quilted the top using straight line stitching and hand finished the binding. 

I've donated this quilt to the Newman Catholic Community at Sacramento State to be sold at their silent auction next week. I'm hoping my quilt will raise a little money to help support their mission at our local university.

You can find this project linked up at: