Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The baby quilt is finished!

I used a pattern from the book "Big-Print Quilts" by Karen Snyder. It was originally made with racing cars and bright fabric. My husband suggested this pattern and I'm glad because I like the way it came out. If you notice the three duck blocks are a little different. The printed blocks were given to me a while back from a friend and when they were cut they were not all even. So you make lemonade with lemons, right! The ducks were a little too small so I trimmed them down smaller and added a tiny blue border and white border then squared them the same size as the others. The fact that I used three makes it work. I'm real pleased.

This is the back. You can see the quilting I did around each shape and block. I used some new batting that I wanted to try. It is "Dream Green". Put out by "Quilter's Dream Batting". It is made using recycled plastic bottles. I thought it would be great for a baby quilt because it gets washed so much. I like the fact that it is thin and it feels soft and not real stretchy but when I had pin basted the quilt and started to quilt it the batting did not grab onto the fabric the way cotton batting does and so there was some slipping of the fabric. That is why it looks wrinkled. There are no puckers but I'm not convinced that I will use this batting again. I think I will stick with my cotton batting.

A close up of the back.

Close up of the duck block. You can see I did a continuous line quilting around the ducks and the wheels. It was easy using free motion quilting.

Close up of the center rabbit block.

This is my label. I had this idea to use grosgrain ribbon and my machine's monogramming program. It took me a little while to figure out I needed a stabilizer on the back and the size of my letters but I'm happy with it. I sewed it into the binding by hand.

Now off to work on another project!


Norma said...

This is wonderful, and you would never know that the ducks are not part of the other blocks. Lucky baby and Mama that takes that quilt home.

I haven't heard about the batting so it was good to hear what you thought about it after using it.

Needled Mom said...

I knew you'd get it finished. It looks great. Glad for the info that you shared with the batting. Have you tried the bamboo batting yet?

Quirky Parsnip said...

This quilt is adorable.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

That lovely baby quilt is too cute. Lucky recipients..and one to be treasured.

Rebecca said...

congratulations on your new grandson and thanks for the question you posted on my blog. I posted an answer for you there, and I do hope it helps a wee bit!


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