Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Quilt and a Badge

I finished sewing my baby quilt! I am pleased with how it turned out and I had a good time in the process of making it--which is half the fun. There is nothing like being in your crafting space (mine happens to be the basement), having a nice cup of tea, and creating. That’s my idea of a good time! While the quilt may not be perfect, it was sewn with tons of mama-made love : )

Not only did I get my baby quilt checked off my to-do list of things to get ready for my new baby, I earned a Merit Badge as a bonus! This project completed my requirements for the Beginners Quilting Badge.
Quilting Beginner Level
  • If you don’t know how to quilt, learn.
  • Pick a simple pattern like a doll-sized quiilt that will help you learn the basics, even just sewing squares together.
  • Learn how to add a backing and batting and do simple quilting stitches to hold everything in place.
  • Finish your quilt project. There is a three-hour minimum time investment required.
After some of my other holiday gifts and baby items are completed, I’ll be upping the ante and going for my Intermediate Quilting Badge. I’ll be attempting a cathedral window quilt (baby-sized mind you, they’re quite intricate and time consuming). When my great-grandmother passed away she left behind a couple of cathedral window patches, which came into my mother’s possession. Ever since I laid eyes upon that pattern I’ve wanted to make one. Of course I’ve been waiting for my sewing and quilting skills to mature to even attempt it. I think I’m ready to give it a try.