Mateo’s Quilt

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What’s this? Another baby on the way?! Yes!

This time my cousins Oli and Matt are expecting their first – a baby boy named Mateo! I just love that name. I can’t wait for him to be here. 🙂

Typically, I stick with pretty traditional quilting.  Civil War quilts are my favorite, followed closely by The Farmer’s Wife (1930s).  But, I just couldn’t see myself giving Matt and Oli’s son a traditional quilt. I decided to go for something bold, modern, and way out of my comfort zone. Pretty much the entire time I made this quilt I asked two questions 1) is there something with more contrast? 2) is there something bolder?  I think I finally got the questions answered with ‘no’.

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Again, I didn’t use a pattern and I just used jelly rolls. It will be the last time I use jelly rolls though. They just aren’t consistent! Im pretty sure it’s the one time that a human is more consistent than a machine – plus they cut them between 2 3/4 inch and 3in and it just makes no sense. trying to match them up with anything is a nightmare.  If you look close you can see I used a lot of optical illusions on this quilt to adjust or the non-standard jelly roll strips. *shakes fist* never again jelly rolls! But I’m super happy with this quilt. It’s modern, fun, and super bold. It’s perfect.

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Quilt for Juanita’s daughter

Over a week ago I got to attend my friend Juanita’s baby shower for her upcoming daughter! It was such a beautiful baby shower – the food, location and decorations were perfect! Not to mention I got to see so many people I haven’t seen in probably 5 years!

I decided to make a second version of a quilt I made my niece last summer, because I just love the pattern. This time I didn’t measure a thing – which was really dumb. But it worked out! I also used jelly rolls – thinking it would speed up my time.  The thing about jelly rolls is, they don’t save time because they aren’t identical. If I had cut these strips I would have been done a day sooner, I actually had to spend an hour at least readjusting the seams in the center once I got it all pieced. Jelly rolls just aren’t predictable. The time I saved not cutting I more than spend double in the end dealing with.  Long story short, I used jelly rolls on another quilt after…. more to come on that.

But!

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The quilt came out super adorable – I love it!

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Goes to show the things that give you the most grief are always the best.

Congrats Juanita and Mike! ❤

The Baby Moc-Socs aka GFK Stands with Fists.

The Finished Moc-Soc.
The Finished Moc-Soc.

So I’ll start by saying this pattern was NOT hard or difficult or confusing. It was simple and clean and fun. I, GFK, however had a case of the butter fingers, dumb-dumbs, and tireds while trying to finish this project for the past three weeks! (THREE WEEKS? gaaaaaaawhhh!) I started the second moc-soc over and on the third time I got it right! I kept dropping stitches in the front so re-picking them up was just not a blendable option. Further, the yarn I chose, although soft and baby bootie perfect, was not very forgiving in terms of splitting. A more together fiber would make the process go way faster and smoother, especially with all those M1L in the pattern.

Knitting at lunch. Public knitting is awkward sometimes. "What are you doing? - I'm reading palms....."
Knitting at lunch. Public knitting is awkward sometimes. “What are you doing? – I’m reading palms…..”
Knitting at home is awkward too with a small kitten.
Knitting at home is awkward too with a small kitten.

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I’ll be knitting way more of these so friends and family keep popping those babies out and I’ll keep making sure they have moc-soc footwear.

Also don’t forget to enter for the COWL KNIT GIVEAWAY HERE! It ends tomorrow people!
xxxx
GFK