I kinda love the bento box pattern. I don’t know if you can tell from my other quilts here here and here. Oh wait- here too.
I have never made one for myself, but I think that will be coming soon. I am having trouble giving this one away. But I did tell the bride it was coming, so I don’t have much choice. I was trying to keep it a secret, but the wedding is tomorrow so the chances she is checking my wee website today are pretty slim.
I am so relieved to have this quilt done! So many projects to get working on, family arriving soon and our annual huge July 4th party next weekend. July 5th I will be hiding out for a while to prepare for my “Artist of the Week” table at the Lansdowne Farmers Market, July 25th. I am planning to relax in August!
After a few annoying days of thinking my sewing machine was broken, I changed the needle and vowed not to use the zig zag stich for a while. That will solve it! I managed to crank out another bento box quilt, I really do love this pattern, as evidenced by the 3 other quilts I made with it!
I had every chance in the world to take a lot of great pictures of this quilt outside this weekend, but instead I took some mediocre pictures in natural sunlight and then some more mediocre pictures inside on the bed, which is why this quilt looks like it is a trapezoid. Which it isn’t, although I fear it is a little wonky- The satin binding and I had some words and a few curses before we came to the end, where I swore I would never use it again. Which I have sworn before…
and some more minkee on back! I am forever grateful I figured out to put “heat -n-bond lite” between the batting and minkee. It makes quilting minkee so much easier. Now, if anyone has any tricks to make satin binding work better, I am all ears! Now for sale in my etsy shop, the first link on the right… Donated to a silent auction for Theatre Exile here in Philly. It sold- but they never told me how much it made them
I was left with a small stack of white and cream leftovers after the wedding quilt a few weeks ago. I had some advice early on that I would have great success if I made white quilts for babies, I think I might have rolled my eyes. But I decided to use up the leftovers and throw in this lovely ducky fabric (that seems to match nothing else in the universe) and see what happens. The sad truth is I have baby quilts in 2 different stores and etsy right now, and none of them selling. So what harm would one more be, right?
UPDATED *** finished quilt here***
I finished the commissioned quilt last night and just finished the indoor photo shoot because it is raining. Too bad the world series can’t move inside! There is a lot of excitement in Philly is about the possible rain cancellation today. Anyway, the quilt->
What is that white ribbon doing in the middle two squares? I ran so disastrously low on that bird fabric that the ribbon fudged me the extra inch I needed. I should have added some more on the border to make it look a little more involved, such is the problem with 20/20 hindsight.
I love the minke on the back. I should say I love the minke now that I learned how to use it. I used some Heat -n- Bond lite to baste the minke to the batting. I made a disaster of a couple other projects with minke because it has a terrible tendency to stretch and bunch and this eliminated the problem completely. I had some early moments of anxiety because it felt like there was a sheet of crinkly newspaper in the quilt before I washed it. But a hot wash and a tumble in the dryer has it feeling like a soft cozy quilt.
From what I can tell, a true bento box square would be 8 fabrics per square but I made a variation for my baby quilts with only 5 prints . Above is the start for the commissioned yellow and green baby quilt. I feel like I have searched everywhere for yellow and green prints that are not flowers (or gingham, I kinda hate gingham) and come up with the above, which are still pretty floral, Hopefully they are abstract enough that the recipient will not think it girly…
***UPDATED**** see finished quilt here****
Bento Box Variation, for some lucky Baby
This is my first quilt I am selling online. It can be found in my esty store, the first link on the list on the right. It is really bright but I love it and I think it will make someone out there a very nice baby quilt! Update! This quilt is sold and has a loving home!
I joined quilting bloggers more than a week ago and haven’t written anything about quilts since joining. So lets see some works in progress, shall we?
Orange and Red for a baby quilt…
And some purple- for a secret project…
and my garden is agreeing with my new color choices.
Someday someone will tell me to stop sticking pins into my siding, but until then, it makes the perfect quilt board.
I finished the baby quilt for Rendal. I will get to meet him in a few hours. Hopefully he likes green!
What did I say about full size quilts? More of them? no, no, I must have meant more baby quilts. This one is the start for a baby boy born in March. We did the baby shower for mom but only now am I working on the present. Never before have I known the name of a quilt pattern. I tend to create patterns to accommodate the scraps I have, this time I looked around the quilt group on flikr.com for a while to find something I liked.
At least he won’t have to wait until he is 3 like his older brother who only got his quilt last summer.
***Update*** finished quilt here