A Happy Accident

No, I’m not talking about my son. (Even though he was.) I’m talking about a baby quilt! I’m not actually naming the quilt “A Happy Accident”- No, wait, I’m totally naming the baby quilt/wall hanging that. That is hilarious.

This quilt came around because I made a mistake on a much larger quilt I was making that required me to buy a new jelly roll. But I hate wasting fabric, so I was trying to figure out what I could make with the rest of the jelly roll instead. And since it was all sewn together, I decided to cut some off-center blocks from the strips.

I went with a simple black to border the blocks, and used 9 of the 10 I cut in a roughly rainbow arrangement. I absolutely adore how it turned out! It’s going to be a perfect wall hanging or a baby quilt. It’s already up on Etsy.

img_0869The backing is black as well, which really shows the quilting off to advantage. The quilting was done using teal thread to create whimsical dragonflies and lightning bugs. I really enjoy how much it stands out on the back of the quilt!

I’m pretty proud of how my corners and the binding turned out too. I machine bind all my quilts now, because I actually like the look if it much better than hand bound, and I think it is much more secure than when it’s hand bound.

A Happy Accident is pretty special to me. Even though it was a relatively quick and painless quilt (if only because it wasn’t planned), it holds a special place in my heart. Every time I see this quilt, I’m reminded that just because something didn’t go the way you wanted or planned it to, you can make something wonderful come from it.

My kiddo really wanted to help hold the quilt, and who am I to tell him he can’t help out?! He definitely makes the quilt better. 😉

9 Patch and Fence Rails Quilt

So I’ve been desperately trying to practice my photography skills. Especially since I’ve been thinking of opening up an Etsy shop, and one of the biggest things they say can influence buyers are the photographs.

Well, spoiler alert: I suck at it still. BUT! I’m getting better! Relatively. Kinda.

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Still not great. And I kinda like the angle of the quilt on top. It’s a little softer. But that was also before the top was quilted, so… I don’t know. I’m working on it, okay?! Still, I love the colors in this quilt, and I will continue to use it to refine my photography skills. I don’t have to be a master, but I do want to be good enough so my quilts look as good on the computer as they do in real life.

One thing I learned is that you have to take a LOT of photos. Like… 100+ photos. I’m still not there; I’m lucky if I get over 10. Part of that problem is that I make my husband come out with me and I’m worried about wearing out my “welcome” as well as his arms get tired. I really need to get a different way to display them.

Maybe someday I’ll put together a post about photography tips (not from me, from others!) for photographing quilts. But otherwise, enjoy your weekend!