A couple of months ago I came across an Arcadia honeybun on sale and had to have it. I can honestly say I don't do that very often. It sat in a box for a couple of months, then I realized it would make the perfect sized, gender neutral, baby quilt! My husband's roommate from college's wife is having a baby in Septemberish (got all that?). And even though I don't know them well, they are the only people I know right now that are expecting, and I'm quite excited for them. So excited I want to make them every baby thing I know how to make. But I think I will limit it to a quilt (and maybe some new born pants and booties!). Right, the quilt. I unrolled the honeybun and organized the strips by color, then reorganized by pattern:
Then I paired them up and started making log cabin blocks. In retrospect I wish I had considered my log cabin layout before sewing...but oh well. Here's the first block:
Next it was squared up to 8 1/4"
Once I finished all 20 blocks, I laid them on the floor and spent an entire nap time rearranging them to figure out which layout worked the best. I kept coming back to a star, and tried it many ways. Finally I decided on one and sewed the blocks together to get this:
More fore thought would have produced a nicer looking star, but I still like it okay.
I decided to only use 16 blocks, so there are 4 orphaned blocks (I'll probably use one of them for a taggie/ribbon toy). Then I took my little quilt top to Joann's and found some coordinating fabric to use for prairie points and border fabric. I've never made prairie points, so I went internetting for a good tutorial. I found a good one on SewTakeAHike, and made a practice run last night. They turned out smaller than I wanted, so I'm glad I made a practice set. And that's where I'm at now. I'll think I'll go upstairs while the babe is still sleeping and make some more prairie points! :-)