I finally figured out what quilt to make for my friend at work who's having a boy. I started one, but decided it's not right. Then it hit me Saturday night - the zig zag quilt! I've loved that quilt since they posted it, so I'm not sure why I didn't think of it sooner. Again, I all materials were from my stash, so I had to work with things I had. I would have preferred to make a bright version, but I went with blues and greens. I like the way it turned out, and I hope she does too.
I made my quilt sandwich a little differently than normal. I wanted to test this on a smaller, more manageable quilt like this one first. I hand basted the backing to the batting first, then pinned on the top. Before I quilted it though, I removed the hand basting. It worked well for me, but I doubt it's for everyone. I just had to try it since I'm always doing the sandwich-ing on my carpet.
The backs really simple, but I like the way you can see the zig zag shadows in the light.
Here's a picture of the dress I made last week. I love this dress, and can't wait to wear it. Today would be a good day since we're in the 60's (with a sweater of course), but I've got another trip to the dentist. The fabric is actually a heavier weight, not home dec but close. It gives the dress a nice drape, but made the gathering a little difficult.
The pattern is Simplicity 2951, one of the newer patterns that lets you "design" your own dress. (Just makes me want to buy some cork board for my table and get to my own pattern drafting again.) I got the pattern from JoAnn's a few weeks ago during their $1 sale. I don't like spending money on patterns.
Sorry it's such a bad picture, but Cosmo wouldn't hold the dress up for me. If you click on the picture you'll be able to see it a little better!