Jen and I have a friend at the office who is pregnant with her first baby. Her little girl is due in the beginning of May and we have been planning to make her a baby quilt out of the Walk in the Woods line since the nursery scheme is pink, white and grey. Thinking I had plenty of time, however, I took no action. When a group of us decided late last week to take her to lunch today, I wished that I had already started on a quilt for her, but figured she wouldn’t mind getting one a little later.
I offered to go to PB Kids to pick out the group gift, but when I got there, everything was catalogue/internet only! I got a super cute pink storage basket and some of her linens and a bath wrap to go in it, but the basket still looked sad and empty. Jen quickly offered a swaddling blanket made out of beautiful AMH voile and flannel, but I knew it was time to hit the cutting mat and bust out that baby quilt. And so began 30 hours of quilting (as seen on Instagram)…
Sunday, April 1:
5:30 PM – I leave PB Kids, kicking myself for not having already made a quilt. Since I have a WITW Layer Cake, I wonder if I can make a whirligig quilt in less than 3 days.
5:45 PM – I make a stop at Jo-Ann and a simultaneous phone call to Frieda to find out about supplies and feasibility.
6:30 PM – With a bit of advice from Frieda and a new ruler in hand, I get home and set out my layer cake squares, focusing mostly on the pinks and greys. I decided on a 5×5 layout of layer cake squares, which yields a whirligig block layout of 6×6, or a 45″ square top. Perfect for a baby!
7:30 PM – My husband is on his way home and texts me asking if I can get dinner ready. Uh, doesn’t he know about the quilt-mergency going on over here??
8:30 PM – Dinner is over and I start sewing together layer cake squares.
9:00 PM – My excitement about finishing is short lived — I need to add a border. After a bit of stress, I decide on white. Start watching Shahs of Sunset — my desire to call everyone I know and explain that not all Persians are like this is only slightly outweighed by my desire to finish the quilt.
10:00 PM – Begin cutting out the whirligigs. This really hurts my knees and I feel old.
11:00 PM – Finish cutting out all the whirligigs. I think about assembling them, but Barclay sits right in the middle of it and wags his tail. Blocks fly everywhere and I go to bed.
Monday, April 2:
7:00 AM – I assemble blocks into quilt top while watching Desperate Housewives. Thank god I have such good help.
9:00 AM – I go to work and think about the quilt constantly.
5:00 PM – At home, I prep the backing and the binding.
6:15 PM – It’s time to baste the quilt and I realize I have no batting. Seriously? Another quilt-mergency? Do. Not. Have. Time! Convince husband to eat dinner at a restaurant near Jo-Ann.
7:45 PM – I baste, quilt and attach the binding to the front of the quilt.
When people see my quilts, the number one question they ask is “How long did that take?” I usually have no idea because I often work on projects over a long period of time or on several projects at once. Also, I keep track of all my time at the office in order to bill clients and I do not want to do that at home! But this time I can say that this quilt took me approximately 12 hours of focused work over a 30 hour period. Even I am really amazed that I finished this quilt so quickly. This probably means that most of the time I’m just being lazy!
I also think this was a great choice of pattern and I’m thrilled that I was able to find the ruler at Jo-Ann. I think it’s a fun pattern that packs a great punch — and obviously it can be done quickly! As a bonus, I ended up with this cute “charm pack” from the waste — the best part is that the prints are on point! I can’t wait to use it.
Here is our baby gift, all assembled!
She loved it!
Hexagon Quilt Robot Kaleidoscope Quilt Lorax Quilt 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
- Christmas Patchwork (top done)
- HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
- Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
- Rawhide String Quilt (working on the blocks)
- Rawhide Swoon Quilt (working on the blocks)
- Grinch Pillow Cover (top done)
- HMQG Habitat Challenge (quilted)
- Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
- Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)
Quilts for Kids A Walk in the Woods Baby Quilt 1001 Peeps Quilt
- Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (bundle ready)
- Sherbet Pips apple core project (in progress)
A Walk in the Woods Whirligig Quilt
The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 1
New projects: 1