Saturday, December 31, 2011

Baby Bird Quilt, finished!

Whew, I just barely finished this quilt (last blogged here) in the nick of time to meet my 2011 goal of making 11 quilts!

I really struggled with this quilt.  The layout I had planned I ended up not liking at all.  And then I didn't like the way the blocks looked next to each other.  And then I got fed up with the whole thing and didn't touch it for a week or two.  Then this week, with the New Year looming, I got to work and finished it up this morning!

Here's the final layout, with the thin sashing I finally decided on:

And here it is, all quilted, bound and washed! 


For the back I used some fabrics from my stash and left overs from the front.

The finished size is about 48" x 58", which makes for a nice baby quilt.

Close up of the quilting.

The quilting seen on the back.  I started with the straight rows with my walking foot, and really didn't like them alone, so  I added the vines with my free motion foot and like it a lot now!

Label and close up of the binding.

Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet.  Originally I was making it for my baby due in March, but now I'm not sure.  Guess I'll just see what happens.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Landscape Quilt, finished!

I have been waiting an entire week to post these photos (last update here), but wanted Jennifer (you can read her reaction to the quilt on her blog: Miller Musings) to be the first to see it.  Now that she's had it for a couple of days, I'm happy to share the photos with everyone else :-)

The front

A close up of some of the hills to see the quilting detail  The pumpkins were my favorite!  The hills were layered onto each other (from the mountains down) doing raw-edge style applique.  I love that it gives them more depth.

Close up of the sky.  There are two types of white fabric--plain white and a slight off-white with pale blue images from Peter Rabbit.  You can also see how I used a satin stitch to attach the mountains to the sky.

The fun pieced back will be a lot more entertaining to a baby/toddler.

I love that this quilt used fabric I already had in my stash!  The only thing I had to buy for the quilt was batting.  I'm so happy to have this quilt finished (my 10th this year!) and already at it's new home.  Happy Birthday Henry!  I hope you get many enjoyable years of use from this quilt :-)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Landscape Quilt binding?

Last updated here.  I finally got my roll of batting on Saturday (luckily right before our snow accumulation got to 15 inches!), and started quilting on Monday.

I placed pins every 4-5 inches since the front and back are a little wonky and I wanted to avoid wrinkles in the quilting.

Quilting it was a lot of fun.  Each area was different, so I never got bored of any of the patterns.  Here's a sneak peak at one of my favorite ones (the Pumpkin Patch design from The Free Motion Quilting Project):

The other designs I used aren't nearly this fun or involved.

I finished all the quilting yesterday.  Today I trimmed the quilt and pulled out some possible binding fabrics.  I'm not sure which one to use, so tell me which one is your favorite!

Fabric #1

Fabric #2

Fabric #3  (a plain navy blue, sorry the colors are terrible!)

Hope to get some feedback soon so I can get this quilt bound tomorrow!  Woo I'm almost done!  

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Baby Bird Quilt

For my 11th quilt this year, I'm making a Cartwheels (link to the tutorial) baby quilt with some birdy precut fabric I got at Joann's.  I bought it on clearance months ago, and have been holding onto it for the right quilt.  It has almost been used for several quilts, but then something better came along.  And well, I rather like the fabric and think it will make a very nice gender neutral quilt (we're not planning to find out the sex of this baby).

All the strips sewn together and ironed

I was pretty disappointed with the precut fabric.  The cuts were inconsistent in length and more than a few were not straight!  It's frustrating to spend a fair amount of time and effort to make 20 straight strips, only to pair them with a bunch of crooked ones!

Quilting while pregnant is different than when I'm not pregnant.  I have to put more forethought into things.  Like if it's going to take 45 minutes to iron open the seams on all 21 strips (I added an extra), then I need to do them in batches and do it sitting down so I don't strain my back.  And I have an ever growing pile of snacks on my quilting table so I don't have to run downstairs to get food when I become hungry.

Cut up and ready to sew back together.

Anyway, that's where I'm at with my quilting.  I'm still anxiously waiting for my roll of batting.  I hope it will get here tomorrow so I can spend all day Saturday quilting.  But there's a storm a comin' and I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't get here until Monday.