The Busy Bean

I did it!

Here is another project I have been working on for quite a while now. I bought the fabric about a year ago to make a quilt for my little Lottie. I was planning her new bedroom for when we move her out of the nursery. We’re still planning that – just working on finishing the basement so we can move my sewing studio/office downstairs and put her in this bedroom.

The lady at the fabric store thought I was a little crazy. I was looking for the perfect shades of blue, pink, green and orange. I think it’s the orange that threw her. She kept trying to talk me out of it; kept telling me that orange would just ruin the finished product. Well, I’m pretty sure I proved her wrong with this:

LottieQuilt

Okay, some people might not like the orange – but trust me! With the room all decorated it will look awesome.

This was the first {real} quilt I have ever made from start to finish. After I pieced it together, I machine quilted it using the directions here. It really wasn’t that bad. Although, I tried out using the contrasting brown thread on swatches of all of the fabrics, and I loved it. I’m not so in love with it when it’s all over the quilt. I think it’s a little too busy (and also easier to see my mistakes). But, I did have fun adding little personalized touches like her name,

LottieQuiltName

the word love, a flower, some hearts and

GiraffeDetail

If you know me, you know how I love giraffes. Of course, I had to put that touch in there for her too.

I took it outside to take some pictures. After I started snapping away, I looked at what I had just taken and found this one:

LottiePeeking

I guess she didn’t want to let it out of her sight… after all, it is hers! She loved climbing up on my lap while I was binding it. Or sitting on my feet and wrapping it around her.

I have discovered that quilting is addicting. I already have a top put together for Kelsey’s quilt and I want to get it done right away so I can start one for my bedroom. I’ve already got an idea of what I want for when we redecorate. And by redecorate I mean actually decorate. We haven’t done anything in that room since we moved in 3 1/2 years ago. I’ve got an inspiration picture and a gallon of paint just waiting. Now if I could only find the time.

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8 Thoughts on “I did it!

  1. That is so awesome! Congratulations on finishing it. I love all of the little details that you included in the quilting. I’m sure your little girl will cherish it forever.

  2. I love Lottie’s quilt, Colleen! You did a beautiful job, from fabric selection to quilting! Happy quilting addiction. =)

  3. i love the quilt! it’s awesome. i also love the name lottie! i love how you quilted it as well!! great job!!!

  4. Jenny on June 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm said:

    What a great idea!! I’ve never made a quilt and I’m not sure I’d have the patience for it! 🙂 You did an awesome job!
    Please add this to my linky party today!
    http://www.seaminglysmitten.blogspot.com
    Hope you join it!
    Jenny

  5. Your quilt is beautiful. I’m sure your daughter will love it for years to come! I found you on seamingly smitten.

  6. Kalee on June 6, 2010 at 8:07 am said:

    Oh no Fathead! You are going to be addicted! Quilting is the fourth largest expense on our household budget, coming in just after mortgage, tithing and gasoline, but before food! We need to get together for a good old fashion quilting bee!

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