Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blogger Quilt Festival Fall 2012

This was a fast fun baby quilt to make.  This was a Pinterest inspiration found and made in quick succession. Cluck Cluck Sew did an amazing tutorial on making this lovely quilt. I haven't been quilting in a long while.  Life has taken over and kids have come first.

The process was quick for me. I think I had the fabric pulled and the top pieced in two days. My house suffered but it was so nice to create with fabric again.
  Choose fabric for the circle and background.  Lay them out until you are happy with the combinations.  Sew the circles down at a 1/8"-1/4" from the raw edge.  No interfacing on this one.
Next time I make this I will sew around the circle twice just to be sure it is secure.

You can cut a stack of three at a time into quarters.  Yes, cut the nice circle/square block.

I don't know if it's necessary but it seems to save on bulk on the back side of the quilt an in seams.

Next, lay out the quarter blocks together until you are happy with your combinations.  I would like to have used more variety but I wanted it done and time was in short supply.  I then pinned and sewed and pressed the seams open for this quilt.  Again, I wanted to reduce the bulk of the seams. 
I had a bit of a time choosing how to sash it.  I wanted this little quilt to be bigger but not make more blocks.

I decided on a medium grey and really like how modern this one turned out.  The grey was for another project but I keep using it for other smaller ones!

I used a combination of free motion quilting on my Elna and the wavy stitch on my 717 Bernina. I don't have a walking foot for my Bernina and I have decided after doing this quilt that I must invest in one.  I really love the wavy stitch but it was hard to do without a million puckers etc. As for the free-motion quilting, I am rusty.  Ugh.  I forget how much practice it takes to make even circles and keep things smooth and not pulling.

I love the scrappy nature of this quilt and really love that I had everything to make this quilt already at home! This went to a sweet baby that just came home from the hospital after making his entrance about 10 weeks early.  He is doing great and I hope this quilt will get much love and use.

Quilt Stats:
Size: 32"x45"
Techniques: raw edge applique
Quilted by: Me on the home machines
Best Catagories: Baby Quilt, Home Quilted, Scrap Quilt
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