I am a truly terrible impulse buyer. If it's a good deal or really cute, I just can't resist! And it's particularly terrible with fabric. In fact, I told Chopper that I either need to own a quilt shop or work in a quilt shop so that I can be surrounded by adorable and wonderful fabric without having the need to purchase it and take it home with me.
So case in point: last November when I went to the International Quilt Festival in Houston, I tried to limit my purchasing to fabric (partly because you can get books and patterns, etc. on Amazon much cheaper anyway). But I did relent on this Playtime pattern and ruler by Kariepatch Designs. Not because I NEED another playmat, but because it is so darn cute! It has these 3-dimensional ties that you can attach toys to.
Then on Mother's Day, I went to one of my favorite quilting stores and happened to see this fabric made up into a pillow and fell.in.love. It's called "Just Hanging" by Alexander Henry and you can find it online for sure. But it's one of those prints that I just did NOT want to cut into.
So instead, I used it as a panel with the tie blocks around the border and voila!!!
How adorable is that?????
A close up of how the ties work.
And this amazing fabric -- and my wonky quilting -- I'm really an impatient quilter to be honest.
The back of the quilt -- I went a little more modern with this one and added a pieced center with the leftover triangles from the tie blocks but also to extend the polka-dot print.
The girls of course had to give it a whirl. Hopefully they'll be in a sharing mood when this little one needs his tummy time. And I'm hoping that the bright colors and the fun toys will do it -- Megan in particular hated tummy time and so we tried to be more consistent with Abby. I think it worked. At any rate, he'll have an adorable quilt to look at!!!