Thank you to everyone for their well wishes and congratulations about the baby. We are pretty excited and scared. I am sure that being a mother to a baby will be a lot different than being a mother to 2 puppies. Though, there were a few weeks of sleepless nights when we first got each of the puppies. I am due for a second sonogram in a few weeks so hopefully, we will find out the gender then.
Since I haven't done much for about 3-4 months now, I was tempted to make something this past weekend. I dusted off my Hello Kitty Sewing machine and made this quilt. I call it a cheater's quilt because it doesn't require a binding. After you make the quilt top, you sandwich the top, backing and batting together, sew around the 4 sides (leaving a 8 inch opening), and then turn the whole quilt inside out. Then sew up the opening, and machine quilt the whole quilt.
I got the pattern from Simple Contemporary Quilts. The pattern is called Flicka by Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls. I admit that I was attracted to this pattern because it required no binding and no piecing. The tedious part is cutting the squares/rectangles, turning under the raw edges of each side a 1/4 inch and then ironing them flat. Then you just get one solid colored fabric and lay out your squares/rectangles and then machine applique each piece using the zig-zag stitch.There are flaws in the quilt, but I don't care. I just wanted to have a finished project by the end of the weekend. It took me about 3 days from start to finish. I was able to order some quilting foots for my Hello Kitty Janome and they worked out perfectly. For most of the quilt I sewed wavy lines with the walking foot and even did some curly cues in the middle on the quilt using the darning foot.
The finished size is about 42 inches wide by 58 inches long. It's good size for me to use as a lap quilt while reading(I am under 5ft tall).