Sunday, February 20, 2011

Getting inspired by a simple pattern

I really like this kati cupcake pattern, less for the pattern itself specifically (although it's perfectly nice) and more for the idea chain it starts. Inspiration is always great!

Take a close look at the pattern. The body of the quilt itself isn't anything overly special. Just a basic brick. Could be nine-patch, could be railfence, could be anything that you've dismissed in the past as being too boring, easy, basic, blah. (Or is that just me?) What takes this from ordinary to special is the detail added on top.

First is the big applique flower, which breaks up the bricks and adds some interest. And it doesn't have to be a flower. It could be circles, it could be butterflies, it could be a snail - any simple applique shape would work and can be the difference between a boy quilt and a girl quilt.

The second detail she's thrown in there is giant ric-rac, which is a trend I haven't gotten on yet. She sews it along the lines between the blocks, again breaking up the busy background and making it more interesting. I've done something similar using my decorative stitches on my machine to topstitch tops either as decoration or as the actual quilting. A little more hidden than the ric-rac would be but a nice detail, none the less.

What inspiration do you take from this pattern or extra details do you add to your baby quilts?


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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Challenge Update: January

Hmmm. Well, I had grand plans for specific kinds of posting for this challenge and ... yeah, not gonna happen. Too bad.

So basically, I'm just going to give a monthly update on where I am. And I'm trying to take pictures (some) as I go along, but nope, haven't had time to get them together to put on here. You'd think since I lost my job I'd have nothing to do but quilt and write on this blog, but no-o-o-o.

Anyway, I worked like a mad woman at the beginning of the month and got all the fabric cut for seven quilts and put into neat little plastic bags. My own little kits! And managed to get two tops completely sewn and another one started and three more quilts in the midst of being cut out. It's nice having the kits ready to go to do the leaders and enders as I near the end of one quilt.

My big obstacle at the moment is the two applique quilts. Which I realize are going to be challenges. So I'm trying to get a real jump on them. But no matter how much I jump, it's still a lot of work. The one with the dresden plate squares calls for 108 petals for the plates. Then there are 12 butterflies. Times three. All to be hand appliqued, which I have never done. Right now, I'm trying to just past the tracing and cutting of all those pieces. Ack!

Between all the cutting and planning of the applique ones, I haven't gotten much sewing time in lately. But, backs are in process to finish up those first two quilts and I hope to get back at the machine to make progress toward the next top finish. Not panicking just yet. Should I?

(BTW, if you happen to be sitting on a small pile of any black or yellow scraps, I'd love to help you get rid of them. My plan for one quilt is bees and I am decided short on those colors. Small as 2.5" square, big as 6" square would work for most of it. Will happily send you fabric, scraps, a block, hugs and kisses - whatever we think makes a good deal. Thanks!)


Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, probably enough to get a stick of gum. I generally only recommend products or services on this blog that I would use personally and believe you will find cool as well. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”