Sunday, April 14, 2013

What's keeping me busy

Since my last post, I got the back of the SquarePants quilt put together, and the whole quilt basted.

I had to un-baste my star quilt to have enough pins.  I'm planning to spray baste the star quilt anyway.

And it has been patiently waiting more than 4 days for me to figure out how to quilt it and what color of thread to use.

Definitely going with the pattern in the bottom-right for the aqua blocks.  Undecided on the blue blocks.

My husband and I have been doodling on some print-outs I made using Quilt Design Wizard software.  I created the SquarePants block using the HST block from the software....tedious, but it worked.  I find the program to be sooo limiting, but still very helpful, and definitely worth the $23!  Better than trying to do the same thing in Excel.

A lot of these are designs from my husband.

Which designs do you like?  I still need to figure out what to quilt in the blue blocks...but I can start quilting on the aqua blocks while I wait for inspiraton.  I originally thought of using a medium blue thread for the quilting, but then my husband suggest a medium grey, and I knew it would be perfect.

Today I had the urge to do some quilting, so I quilted the prototype airplane.  The quilting came out pretty wiggly, but I had a babe hanging on my apron strings, so to speak.

I pieced together the batting scraps from the quilt.  I think it will make a cute little pillow.

And now I wait for my order of grey Aurifil thread to arrive and keep talking myself out of starting another quilt!


  1. WHOA! So many things to like in this post - do you hand draw the quilting designs on an image? I would have never thought to do that. I would just start quilting, and then hate it. The Spongebob block is one I've got on my list, and I think your husbands suggestion of grey thread is perfect! It's amazing how different the blocks look with different quilting techniques! I love what you chose for the aqua - but I can't pick for the blue. I like too many.

    And, start another quilt, you know you want to! :)

  2. LOVE the quilting around the airplane, it looks like clouds. ;)

  3. I really want to have some advice about which one I like best, but I'm struggling to imagine what they look like together. Maybe now that you know which one you're doing for the aqua, it would help to run the program again and try to mix and match some. You never know, when you see a pair, they might just sing together!

    The airplane quilting DOES look like clouds! Cool!

  4. Wow! That is an enormous amount of awesome doodling! Sew cool! I have trouble deciding which one I like best! Ooh!

    Your airplane is way cool! Such fun quilting!

  5. What a great idea to doodle out different designs on a printout of the quilt - I might steal that idea for some of my own projects as well. :)

    Love how your airplane piece turned out with the quilting - very cool - and jetstreamy!

  6. Actually, I would quilt each block as you doodled them, in a color that would show up. I think it would look amazing.

  7. Hmm, I think I like the flower - Second picture, top full blue row, middle block. Does that make sense? :P

  8. Sketching on a printed out version of your quilt is brilliant! I love that idea! The plane turned out well.

  9. i like this idea of test driving some designs before