Tuesday, June 14, 2011

2011 Challenge: Diamonds Royale - Boy

Last one for now that I have completed, the boy version of this particular quilt.



This is the pattern called Diamond Royale in the book; it's the one shown on the cover. And one of the first ones I ran across where measurements for fabric were listed incorrectly. Still, I was delighted to finally have a use for this frog fabric. When you have less than a yard of something completely novelty, it can be tough to figure out what to do with it. Especially when it's frogs (boy) and some of them are pink and purple (girl). The entire combination of fabrics here though managed to make it bright and boy perfect.

I really didn't want to just stipple anything, but after the cowboy quilt, I realized I probably could use a bit more practice on just basic stippling. So I did a really big one all over the center of the quilt. There's stitching in the ditch around the center and each side of the narrow green border to finish it off.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

2011 Challenge: Baby Charmers - Girl

Second quilt finished in the challenge, which is a tiny little thing barely big enough for a baby to lay on. Any roll and they're off the edge.





This is the pattern called Baby Charmers in the book and it's one of the few with specific directions for different genders. So the girl version has a ruffled binding, the first I've ever tried and it was quite "interesting" to do. As in, it wasn't overly difficult, but yes, gather all that ruffle wasn't the most funnest thing to do.

The back is just a fun flannel I had in my stash and I again decided to leave the borders unquilted. They're just so small that it didn't make a lot of difference by the time I got there. It's difficult to see the quilting on the author's quilts, but I could see this scalloped edge that had been put on the on-point squares and I really liked it. An interesting design that doesn't require marking. Unless you're anal about things like the scallops being the same height and shape and size. I obviously don't suffer from that issue. :-)

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

2011 Challenge: Baby's Fancy - Boy

My husband was laughing at me the other day because he says my definition of "done" is rather vague. He's learned that saying done when I'm quilting doesn't mean done-done; more often just that some stage is done. But I can say unequivocably that I actually have three quilts (of the 27 I'm shooting for!) completely and utterly done.

Hooray! Here's the first one - in every sense of the word. First I found fabric for, first I cut out, first I sewed, first done quilting.




This is the pattern called Baby's Fancy in the book and it looks deceptively simple. But anytime you start adding stars and putting things on point, you end up with a ton of pieces, including a lot of triangles. Ugh. Still, I absolutely love the fabric combination I came up with here. That stripe in the sashing was really hard to cut and give up.

This is the quilt I was struggling to get the free motion to stop pulling so much. So half the back looks sketchy and half looks good. (This is why it is ever so smart to use a print on the back!) And I made the choice to not quilt the inner border and tried my hand at a loop in the outer border, which was nicely fast to do and mostly came out nicely. Corners are really tough to take with that particular pattern.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Turn a Christmas pattern into a baby quilt


There are times when you have to do the whole imagination thing to see a baby quilt pattern in another pattern. This one is a perfect case in point. It's meant to be a Christmas quilt with the pretty little ornaments on the hooks. But, when I first saw it, I immediately realized you could just leave off the hooks and do a second set of balls in their place. And you'd have a perfect bouncy ball baby quilt. In fact, you could alternate the balls on each row so it really did look like the ball was bouncing. Tres cute!

(Of course, since it is a Christmas pattern, it's on clearance for just $3.19 and not likely to be around much longer.)

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Challenge works in progress

Good thing I'm organized in my sewing room because I'm obviously not staying organized over here in reporting on my challenge progress. I do have three quilts done and just out of the washer and in need of good pictures, so that's to come. But here's what I'm working on at the moment.
Appliqued elephants: This one is called trip to Bali in the book since she does hers up in batiks. My first one is for a boy and I used homespuns. And there's just something about taking pictures that gets you in the mood to sew, so this top is actually all completed and waiting for a back. (I have decided there is no way I'm using all the leftover homespuns to make the back. Just wouldn't be prudent. So if you're interested in a ton of 1/8th yard pieces that have barely been cut out of, let me know.)

As an aside, like my design wall? It's a blanket from IKEA that I use as a green screen for videos. Only, it turned out to be far more useful playing flannelgrams with my quilt pieces. Very helpful for keeping the randomness in a scrap quilt.

Finishing up that top gave me room to start another one and since there are so many parts and pieces to this particular pattern, it makes it easy to complete stages. So I started my girl version, which is coming from a couple of fat quarter packs I snagged at Joann.

The elephants are all appliqued (machine, of course), just waiting for the stabilizer to get ripped off. The trip around the world blocks are kind of done. I actually have three sewn together now, so there is progress on that front. And I have a pile of small pieces coming together for the tilted brick border (which you don't see in the picture of the first one, actually.

Doing a pattern a second time is so much easier. You don't make the same mistakes (rip, rip, rip on the first one) and you don't have to stop to read the instructions all the time (to figure out why you had to go rip, rip, rip). This one is going together really quickly as a result.

In between these two, I got the other quilts quilted and bound. (When you're piecing, it's easy to move from one project to the next or jump around between projects. Quilting requires a complete break from everything until you finish what you're doing. No wonder I don't get to it.)

My husband found my quilting method quite ridiculous. But you have to put the weight of the quilt somewhere, right?

That particular quilt is almost, but not quite there. I still have to quilt the borders, then decide how to do the binding. It's a scalloped border (my first!) and I really, really, really don't want to have to hand-finish it. So how to cut so I can sew from the back first? I think I have a plan. This top and back are so pretty that I hate to use it for an experiment, really. But ... that's the point (or part of it) of this challenge. Got my bias binding all ready to go now. Just need a break in the piecing so I can quilt the borders and then it's time to commit to the scallop cutting!




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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Reinterpret a pattern to make it baby quilt worthy


Sometimes you have to squint to see how a pattern can be changed or adapted to use as a baby quilt. While the QuiltWoman.com Cabins & Posies Pattern pictured here does have a perfect finished size for a baby quilt (35"x 46"), it's not very baby quilty, really.

(Yes, quilty is a word, regardless of what spellchecker tells you. Ha!)

But I do love the mix of blocks - log cabins and four-patches - and the graphical borders using strips and more four-patches. And you could change or drop off all together the posy appliques.

The right selection of colors and patterns in the fabrics could make this easy quilt pattern a winner in the baby category. Can you see it?

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