Thursday, August 26, 2010

It's good to be the guy...

While waiting to find Disney Princess fabric for my two favorite tiara wearing college girls, I thought I would work on something for a little guy whose parents have really made an impression on me. I don't even know their names, or his for that matter, but each Sunday I see them in the hall watching our church service on monitors.
Now some may argue with their choice of not letting their under 1 year old little boy go to the nursery, but I remember not wanting to miss a baby minute with my now 18 year old, and I truly admire their commitment to not only be with their son, but to be there every Sunday even if it's just sitting in the hall. I have often kidded them about how their little guy is going to have it made in a few years- we've had no less than 12 little girls born or come to the church in the last 2 years. I plan to give them this quilt with the tag... "It's good to be the guy!"


  1. Lovely quilt! It's definitely going to be good to This guy. I'm sure the family will love it.

  2. It is a beautiful quilt. The colors are perfect for a guy. Do you mind sharing where you got the pattern?

  3. Millie- I have never been one for complicated piecing. I'm just not that good and the fun part for me is fabric choices. A long time ago I made friends with graph paper, and learned that most simple patterns (those based on rectangles, squares and triangles) could be drafted without buying a pattern or book. Often times a simple pattern can be made amazing with interesting fabric and/or color placement.
    For this one just take 2 rectangles (1 muslin 1 print) whose length is equal to 2x the width when sewn together, (allowing for seam allowance of course). In this case the rectangles were 2in. x 3.5in, when sewn, your components end up being 3.5 x 3.5 (3x 3 finished). Make 4 of them and then sew them into a pinwheel. That's your block. If you are familiar with strip piecing, you can sew two strips 16in. together (1 muslin 1 print) and then cut your components out of that. That's what I did.
    Once you have your blocks sewn, add a muslin border and then pieced border and then final muslin border. For ease of construction on any simple pattern- keep your borders the size of your components, in this case 1.5, 3.0 or 6in finished. Makes it alot easier to fit it all together...
    Hopefully this wasn't TMI :)