This coming fall, I have two nieces and the wife of one of my nephews who are expecting babies. One in October and two the first week of November. So I figured I better get started on baby quilts. The good news all three of these nieces/nephews and their spouses are really into my quilting and have treated previous quilting gifts like gems. My nephews first born, has not gone a day in 8 years without her quilt by her side. It goes to school, play dates... everywhere :-). Her mom treats it like gold, washing it with fine washables, etc... (that is when she can get it away from her). One of my nieces husbands is always drooling over the quilts I design myself and has asked for a quilt with a drum based theme, as they know they are having a boy. So needless to say, I am thrilled to be making them quilts, there will be no 'cheater' panels on these!
Last night I finished drafting the 'drum' quilt. I choose the fabrics and even created the pattern for the drum applique. I had thought that was all I was going to do for the night, but when I stopped it was 1 a.m. in the morning and believe it or not, I had 3 drum appliques all fused down, ready for their satin stitching. No quilting tonight, but after looking over my applique work with my 20 yr old son, he came up with a great idea. They were going to need to be texturized.... soooo I decided to trapunto them. Make those drums pop right out off of the quilt top. The drums are basically 10 inches in size, on a 12 inch square, so they will give the baby plenty of area to touch and feel, especially with the 'flags' on the side, plenty of places for stitching.... I am sure a picture is worth a thousand of my words, so as soon as I do the satin stitch on one and get the trapunto behind it, I will post a pic.
As you can tell I have gotten back into my quilting mood... after an endless summer running around in the sweltering heat.
Hope to see you guys here in blog-land more once we take my son back to college tomorrow.
Enjoy and sweet dreams :-)