Saturday, January 09, 2010

Quilt for a Niece

Here is the top for my niece's quilt. I was ready to pin it, but it seemed to narrow. So I picked it up again and am adding some to the sides. I had a surprising amount of yellow, purple, and yellow and purple fabric. I used 4.5 inch strips cut to random lengths. I have also changed my mind about the back. Most of my utility type quilts have a back made from a red sheet. I love the color of IKEA's red sheets, and a $5 quilt back can't be beat, in my book. ( I wash the sheet first in really HOT water, and dry it HOT because it is prone to a little more shrinkage than quilt fabric. I also just tear the hems off to square it up, as it is never hemmed exactly on square. Then I crochet rugs with the torn off hems. ) But, my niece has an aversion to red, so I will take a look at the stash or maybe go to the quilt store and look in the sale bin. I hope she likes it. I have to get the rug vacuumed, the kids at school, and the dogs locked up to lay it out again! Oh well, such is life.

We had a real nice set of holidays. I had Christmas off for the first time since becoming a nurse. Lucky, really, as the higher seniority people wanted the overtime pay and not the time off, so it fell to me to hang around with my kids. Even though we don't celebrate Christmas, it was nice. We were going to go to a movie and get Chinese food, somewhat of a Jewish tradition, but it turned out we stayed home instead.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back. The quilt is pretty!! We had a Mexican Fiesta for our Christmas eve dinner!!
Maggie

Mary said...

That's very cute -- I love the colors but it does look a little narrow. I struggle sometimes with doing asymmetric borders when I want to add to one side of the quilt but not the other. I've got to do that with my son's wedding quilt but I think I'm happy with my design...I won't actually know until I sew the borders on.

belinda said...

wow.....I love the colors you chose!

AlisonH said...

What a lucky niece! And I'm glad you got that time off to kick back and relax.

See you at Stitches? I hope?