Friday, February 29, 2008

MIA

That's me. I've been submerged in school and planning for life beyond school. I even submitted my first job application today. Yikes! It's happening pretty fast. So I really hope things go well.

On the crafting side, I'm making a baby blanket for a friend's first baby. They are having a little girl. The nursery has an elephant theme.

Avalyn's Blanket

Now I just have to figure out how to quilt it. Ideas? The pattern called for little scalloped "ties" every few inches. My machine doesn't really do that. So I'm undecided on what to do.

Avalyn's Blanket- Close up

Aren't the little elephants cute?!?!? I'm making a whole elephant themed box since I probably won't make it to her shower in Texas.

That's all for now. I'm not too exciting. Just trying to check off the never ending to do list! Happy Leap Day!

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Blogger Squib-stitcher said...

I've been quilting for a couple years now and the actual quilting itself is what normally leaves me with my head cocked to one side contemplating endlessly. In other words, I know how you feel, you spend ALL that time making the quilt, it would really suck to muck it up now with crappy quilting. Whenever an obvious choice doesn't present itself (i.e. not typical pieced blocks), I find random free-motion stippling to work best. If you use clear monofilament thread, it will also hide a multitude of sins. It's quicker, as well, and does not rely on accuracy. Feel free to check out my baby quilts on blogger and Flickr for ideas and visuals. I'm Squibstitcher on Flickr, too. :)

6:16 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Adorable! What a cute theme for a baby nursery too! The blanket looks great!!

7:28 PM  
Blogger Queen of the froggers said...

The balanket is fab, I hope you decide what quilting to do. Good luck with the job applications, scarey!!

12:09 AM  
Blogger Knitting Kris said...

WOW - cute theme, and I like the material!
Good luck with the job applications. I'm sure you'll do well. Get some good solid background first, which means working crappy hours, holidays, etc - most of the time. But you won't regret it in the end.
I'm off to work today. The on-call nurse - YIPEE!

3:29 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

What a thoughtful and delightful gift. I love elephants. elephant theme? keep us posted!
I never liked the Babaar books. Perhaps there is another great one....
oh, say DUMBO

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

I absolutely love that they picked an elephant theme for the baby's room. that's delightful. As for quilting, I don't know anything, but it seems like you could get away with almost anything on that fabric.

9:13 AM  
Blogger KnittingMoose said...

Oh that is just the cutest!! Love the colors, and the little elephants are just too cute.

11:56 AM  
Blogger tapmouse said...

Too adorable, that quilt and fabric is!

As for quilting, there is always the 'tie' method-I think the rule of thumb is no more than 2-2 1/2" spacing, though it is definitely not as nice as machine quilting.

I've mostly taken classes rather than done actual machine quilting, but there is always the erasable pencil you can draw the stippling in with, too. I kinda like the loop-d-loop type meandering, as well. But since the layers seem to be sewn together, it could get messed up since the layers may shift while machine quilting.

Good luck on whatever you decide! Pretty much all my quilts have been machine quilted with by long-arm quilters (read: I paid to have them quilted!-lol!)

4:29 PM  
Blogger tapmouse said...

PS-I love that you have the blue thread contrasting with the purple backing, which is why I can see how cute it would be to do an overall patterning with a multi-colored thread. However, squib-stitcher made a good point about the clear thread not showing mistakes. I guess it just depends on the direction you want to take it.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

That fabric is adorable!

7:59 PM  
Blogger Morticcia said...

That fabric is so cute! I'm sure whatever you figure out will be treasured. But it is a hard decision, isn't it!

10:26 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I love this fabric! It is super cute.

4:22 PM  
Blogger 5elementknitr said...

That blanket is adorable!

3:23 PM  
Blogger Knitting Bandit said...

DARLING.

2:05 PM  

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