Thursday, April 19, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Q is for...

Who knew a post about polygamy would be so interesting to people, it is very strange to have seen it and been so close to it all of these years.  I enjoy the polygamy shows- Big Love and Sister Wives too, and probably wouldn't pay them any attention had I not ever lived here.  In both of those cases I have no problem with how those particular families are structured because they are all legal and willing adults choosing that for their lifestyle.  Another good read that talks about the foundations of fundamentalism is Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer.

Anyway, on with Q and a total change of direction as it is for QUILT.  I am a hobby quilter and have made several.  I made one for each of my seven nieces and nephews, and completed one for my son.  If you want to see some of them you can click on the label "quilt" in my sidebar and it will show you those posts. 

Now that I am expecting my baby girl I have been thinking about what I want to do for her quilt and am wanting to get on it soon since with Austin's I started it while pregnant, but didn't finish it until he was just about three.  It's a twin sized quilt and he uses it now on his big boy bed, so it worked out okay that it took me so long after all.  I want to do something kind of similar to Austin's but not as much hand work.  His quilt has 12 squares with farm theme motifs appliqued and hand embroidered around the applique.  It took me for ever to do the embroidery, so I want to cut back on that part.

On Pinterest I have been pinning away and came up with this for the general layout:

I do like the Sunbonnet Sue motif, and Austin's quilt has an Overall Sam block, but they are appliqued and take forever, so I am going to substitues some of the squares for traditional quilt blocks.  I'm thinking of leaving the three blocks down the center as Sunbonnet Sue blocks.  Then the top two and bottom two will be quilt block hearts:


The 6 outer side squares will be flowers on top and bottom, with a basket in the middle:

The other four blocks around the middle will be bows and butterflies:

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

I was hoping to go shopping yesterday after my doctor appointment, but just ran out of time with my other errands.  I am thinking of varying the colors more, instead of the browns I'm thinking of going with purple to contrast the pink, but we will see when I actually look at what they have. 


  1. Wow is all I can say. I can't even get up the energy to sew a pillow let alone make a quilt.

  2. Fun! I can't wait to see what it looks like!

  3. My grandma made Sunbonnet Sue quilts for my nieces when they were babies. Something classic girl about Sue.

    I really like tHat quilt in the middle with all the bright purple. Pretty!

  4. I am very impressed! I am not at all artistic but can truly appreciate the dedication and time it takes to make such a masterpiece. Can't wait to see what you finally choose and how it turns out!

  5. I envy you your talent and your patience to create such a beautiful project from beginning to end. I have a friend and neighbor who does them too, just beautiful. Can't wait to see how yours turns out. I do love your idea of purple and pink I think that's a good choice for a baby girl. I also think purple and yellow are a nice combo as well.

  6. Those patterns are all pretty. Quilting is beautiful, it's amazing that you do it. :)


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