Posts tagged quilting
As I mentioned in this post back in November, I was starting on a new quilt for my brother. It was quite an ambitious undertaking: until then, I had made only baby quilts using patterns from books. For this one, I would be increasing the size significantly (I was planning on 70″x70″) and going off of a pattern I made myself with this online pattern generator:
It’s supposed to look like this shield from the PC game Ultima. Yes, my brother is a huge geek! Where do you think I get it from?
Mike’s cousin had another baby this year, so I wanted to make a quilt for her second baby (here is the quilt I made for her first child). One of the things I didn’t like about the first quilt was how muted and subdued the colors were. I like quilts with bright colors better, so this time I tried to be more adventurous with my fabric selections.
One cool thing is that I’ve been collecting fabrics over the past year since I started quilting, so I was able to use them for this project. The pink striped fabric I got at a garage sale (!), the yellow fabric I stole from my mom’s collection, and the purple fabric was left over from Scarlett’s quilt.
I used the Rail Fence pattern from Quilts for Baby: Easy As ABC by Ursula Reikes. Here is what the squares looked like once they were all put together:
I love how bright it is!! Next, I added the inner and outer borders. The inner border was made using fabric left over from Mikey 3′s quilt.
This time I planned on machine quilting more intricate pattern than I’m used to, so I decided to baste the quilt with thread rather than safety pins like I usually do. Basting keeps the layers straight while you quilt it. Basting with thread is better when you plan on machine quilting, that way there are no safety pins to avoid that can break the machine’s needle. I used a dark thread that would be easy to see so I could pick them out later. Then, I quilted along the purple lines:
In the past I have quilted in a grid, but with Mikey 3′s quilt I started quilting along the pattern, since I felt a grid would take away from the overall design. I felt the same about this quilt, so I chose to quilt in a zig-zag pattern that followed the design. I think it turned out well.
The binding is the same fabric I used for the inner border. The backing was pink striped fabric I’ve had FOREVER, and a pink flowered pattern I picked up in the scraps bin at Joann’s (I LOVE the scraps bin!!)
Hope baby and mama like it!
I made another quilt over the summer for some friends of ours having their first baby. The nursery had a frog/jungle animal theme, so I went with that in mind to get the fabric. I also wanted to make it a lot brighter than my previous quilts.
The squares are supposed to look like a frog. Also, if you notice, I used some fabric left over from Jason Jr.’s quilt. I usually have a lot of scraps left over.
Unfortunately, I didn’t remember to take a picture of the overall finished product
My next quilt is quite ambitious! It’s a large one for my brother, here is the pattern:
As soon as I get some money, I’ll be starting on that!
I love making quilts, anyone want to commission me?? XD