Friday, October 21, 2011

2011 Challenge: Trip to Bali - Girl

This is the first pattern where I've completed two versions, so there is definitely a comparison to be made between fabric choices. And while I didn't use batiks, the fabric packs I used had more of a tropical feel, giving them more of the Bali look of the original.

I goofed up on my elephants on this one. Not that the casual observer could tell. They're supposed to rotate as they go around the top and I did them all straight up and down. Which means the top has a distinct "top" to it. Not a biggie.

Closer view of the fabrics and the straight-line quilting I did in the center. I also did the inner squares of the blocks in a contrast (as called for in the pattern) something I didn't do in the boy version. Interesting to see that difference.
I did a version of an edge to center design from Leah Day called Spiral Illusion. Since the center was all squares and empty spaces, I was able to follow the edges to complete the design. You can kind of see it in this picture. The borders - ugh. I tried a free motion version of straight lines that I ended up not liking much. Wishing I could combine the center design here with the border design on the boy quilt.
A bit better view of the quilting design from the back. You can see the lines that go across and around as well as the lines that go at the angles. Really a great way to fill that center.
And this wouldn't be complete without mentioning the back fabric. It's a flannel I found on the red tag rack at Joann's during one of those times when they put the rack on sale for another 50% off. My favorite time to shop! I've picked up all kinds of yummy goodies that way, including this flannel that happened to be a perfect color match for the fabrics I had. One of the best color combos I've had in a while. And flannel is such a nice backing fabric. (Even when you have to piece a stripe and it's now going in two directions.)



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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

2011 Challenge: Trip to Bali - Boy

From the first time I saw this pattern, I thought muslin and homespuns. And then discovered I never want to work with homespuns again. Argh.

That said, this really did come out lovely. From this far away, at least. I'm really rather proud of it. Just looks incredibly cosy.


Now the quilting ... half good, half not. I attempted to eyeball Baptist fans for the center. They didn't come out so very nice and even. Alas. But I wanted something different from what I did on the girl version of this quilt and that's what I came up with. Should have stuck with what I knew worked. The stippling I did around the elephants really came out nicely though. Getting much better at that stuff. And it really was the best option because working around those applique guys wasn't easy.


I know I said I wasn't going to use the homespuns to do the back, but the thought of just tossing them made me ill, so on the back they went. It actually wasn't as bad as I expected. And I just pulled the edges over to do the binding - not the best way to go, but far quicker than the alternative.

Despite the fact that my stippling and free motion in general is improving, there are still issues I can't always figure out. Like this lovely snarl on the back. It's not in a place where I would have stopped, so why the heck is there suddenly all that extra thread being pulled in from the front? One of these days I'm going to have this all figured out. I think. But right now, the mysteries still abound.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

October Challenge update


Getting my sewing machine back meant I could get back to business with my challenge projects. I rapidly started work on a new quilt, getting all the blocks assembled and the stars appliqued. Oh - and the billions of triangles in the borders done. You know I was having fun with those. (/sarcasm)

With the machine out of commission, I started working on more hand applique, which you can see to the right of the first picture. But machine in place meant I could start assembling others and get the center of the dog version completed.

The plan for the primary colored quilt above is to donate it for an auction my women's chorus is having - our major fundraiser for the year. So I'm putting together a basket that includes that quilt and some baby toys I made that coordinate. I have two sizes of soft blocks, some fabric "blobs" that stick together with velcro and a nosy square. (The noisy part is some popcorn plastic wrap. Shhh. Don't tell.)

The last thing going at the moment is yet another quilt. These 12x12 blocks have been done Nad I'm just trying to ensure I have a pleasing pattern going here. And being annoyed because some of the colors apparently didn't get cut out to precisely the right sizes somehow, so things are already wonky. Bah. (Love the color scheme going here, though.


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Sunday, October 16, 2011

2011 Challenge: Amish Sparkle - Girl


Amish Sparkle is the name of this pattern in the book, but I've never been much of a fan of Amish style designs. So this quilt has sparkle, but absolutely no Amish to it. The turquoise floral is way more my speed. I actually have an entire bolt of that fabric bought over at one of the fabric outlets near where I live. (Kind of place where seconds and trial print runs get sent.) I was excited to see how this design would work with a patterned background rather than solid.


I certainly had enough fabric to do the back in the turquoise, but decided that would just be going overboard a bit. Not to mention boring. Or at least as boring as such a vivid print can be. Besides, as with many of the quilts in this book, the quilt is too large for a width of fabric back (sigh) so there was going to be piecing involved. The black strip had just come out of the scrap heap from another quilt I finished up and the hot pink I had sitting in my "good for backs" stack. I really liked how it turned out. Plus, you can see the quilting on the pink so much better than you would have with a completely floral back. (And that's one of the few times you will ever hear me say that as a plus.)


I used the pieced blocks as a guide for the quilting on the front, so the solid blocks were quilted in a way that kind of looks like the pieced blocks. Loved the way it came out. The borders I did with a pattern called H2O from Leah Day's free motion quilting project. I tried really hard to go slow and the back came out far better than previous free motion attempts. Well, until my machine went completely haywire halfway through and had to go to the sewing machine hospital. The pattern ended up being like Leah's but slightly different, mostly because I was sewing by memory from the picture rather than following her directions exactly. Which is totally cool.

This is probably going to be one of my favorites from this project. The fabrics, colors, quilting, construction - I think I did just about everything right this time!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Applique change makes baby quilt pattern for boy or girl

For many patterns, it's an easy thing to switch from boy to girl for a baby quilt. A quick change of the color scheme, the fabric design and you're good to go.

But applique throws a kink in the plan. Flowers all over the place don't easy move over to the boy side of things. I've found a couple of patterns that fix that challenge though!


Sweet Ruby Designs has taken the same pattern but worked it up in different colors and swapped the applique section. So the Poppin Posies pattern works for girls and the Cooper's Cars pattern works for boys. Both use simple piecing and fun applique for a great baby quilt. They finish at 42"x62".

Even better is this baby quilt pattern from Two Peas In A Pod Quilting. This Up In The Air pattern includes both applique options in one pattern. The basic pattern uses the same simple horizontal stripes for both. The differences come in the applique designs you can choose - birds on a rickrack branch or flying planes. The quilt finishes up at 40"x47.5" and looks like it would be a fairly quick quilt to work up.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Turtles play on this baby quilt pattern


Turtles came up in a question recently and I started searching for a baby quilt pattern with them. Then for any pattern! Turtles are so cute that you'd think they'd show up a little more often. They aren't any more difficult to applique than other animals so I'm not entirely sure why they're discriminated against!

But I did chance on the Tuella's Day Out pattern by Quilter's Paradise that features turtles and butterflies along with some pretty flowers. They're all done by applique and embroidery and the quilt finishes at 48"x60" - perfect size!

Still - I think of turtles and frogs and lizards and ponds. Boy stuff, in other words. And this particular quilt is definitely on the girly side and not easily switched just by fabric choices. How would you make it a boy quilt?

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hot dots on this baby quilt pattern

Stitchin' Post Dots Are Hot Pattern

Modern quilt designs are quite the rage right now. And I adore scrap quilts of all kinds. So when I saw this Dots Are Hot quilt pattern from Stitchin' Post, the two just came together for me.

Now, the pattern's finished size is way too big for a baby quilt - 64.5"x 80.5" - but given the way the design is laid out, it's one where you can just leave off a few blocks and make is smaller. (Use the extra blocks to make a diaper bag or blankie.)

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Grab a net for these butterfly baby quilt patterns

I'm working on a memory quilt for my mom and she loved butterflies. Which of course got me poking around to see what options there are for butterfly baby quilts. Lots of patterns out there, but only a few I liked that seemed appropriate as a baby quilt pattern.


Black Mountain Fluttering Butterflies Pattern
Finished size 54"x 54"
Pieced wings, bodies are appliqued

Crazy Old Ladies Flora & Fauna Pattern
Measures 60"x 70", which might be a wee bit big. You could leave a row off the top and bottom and get a smaller and more baby quilt appropriate size. It uses 10" squares. The circles are appliqued, icons appliqued on that. It uses icons of butterflies, birds and flowers; you could just do butterflies.

Crazy Old Ladies Flutterby Pattern
Raw-edge applique butterflies. Finished size 57"x 71". Again, a little big for a baby quilt maybe, but you could just cut the body smaller and arrange the appliques to fit. Or leave off a few.

For The Love Of Thread Butterflies In The Sky Pattern
Finished size 16"x 43". It's meant as a runner, but the design is so cute that I wanted to make this work. Basically, you can repeat the runner  three times, sew the runners together and you'll have the right size for a baby quilt. The butterflies are appliqued, so add in a few more to go across the runners to put them together.

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