Sophie Charmed

I first started blogging in college, back in June of 2004.  At the time I was in college, learning to knit, and obsessed with fiber.  Soon my knitting addiction settled down a bit, I settled down a bit, and over time my knitting blog moved and became a photography blog.  My photography blog is still up and running, but it is more a space where my clients find me now.  Most of my crafting is done in the privacy of my own home, and I really miss the sense of community I felt, and the friends that I made, with my knitting blog.
The creative process is important to me, and a part of that process is sharing what I’m doing.  I’m looking to be a part of a community who loves to create!
I’m very new to quilting.  The creative process, the community, the finishing.  Needless to say, I love it. This is the second quilt I’ve ever made. I finished it in December of 2011, just in time for Christmas.  It was a gift to my sweet babe.  
Title:   Sophie Charmed for Lily, December 2011

Pattern:   Baby Bliss from Cluck Cluck Sew
Finished Measurements:   32″ x 37″
Fabric:   Sophie by Moda for front
               Kona Cotton in Ice Frappe for back
               Ruby by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics in Ruby Sundae for the binding
Quilting:   I stitched a scant 1/4″ on either side of the seams
Pattern Modifications:   I added charms to increase the length and width of the quilt and added a strip of half charms to the backing. I also omitted the flower.

What I like:   This is the perfect size blanket for a crib, a stroller, or a cuddle.  When she was little she used it as a playmat.  Now that she is older (ah hem… mobile), it is more used to snuggle.  I love the quilting, especially how it gives so much texture to the solid back. I also love the Ruby Sundae on the bias, it reminds me of a barber shop poll!
For next time:   I wouldn’t change much, perhaps I would machine bind it instead of hand bind in order to speed the process up a bit.  And I would also consider straight cutting the binding.  
Still left to do:    I need to create a label for this sweet quilt!

I have never machine bound or straight cut binding before, so it would be something new for me to learn.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • It’s gorgeous!! I always use continuous straight cut binding, couldn’t be bothered fiddling with those stretchy bias edges! I’ve never really tried machine binding, I guess I’m just a bit fussy and love the neatness of hand stitched. Looking forward to watching your crafty adventures. x

  • Thanks so much for stopping by, Rachel! Can you believe that I have never done a straight cut? I’ve always done continuous bias. Do you have a link to a site or tutorial that walks through the straight cut process?

    I agree with the neatness of hand stitched. I am also a “process” person so hand stitching is important to me!