Thursday, June 12, 2008

Quilt for new baby...

I (finally) finished the quilt top for the new baby's quilt. The quilt was inspired by the bundle of fabric that I purchased from patapri on etsy. I decided to do a modified log cabin quilt block, and pulled out four colors from the prints to serve as the borders-- teal, chartreuse, plum, and orange. I strip-pieced the log cabin blocks with the colors, then added the white strips. I sewed up a bunch of random "confetti" strips to mix in with the plain white strips. There are 12 different prints total. Overall, I am very pleased with this project. There are plenty of wonky seams. I really hope that I get the hand of straight 1/4" seam sewing soon! The biggest difficulty in this quilt was that the printed squares and the white fabric is 100% linen. Because of that, it frays like mad! For durability, I double-seamed each of the seams, which took forever. Also, the quilt is huge! I don't think I realized quilt how big 60" by 60" is. I kind of think I just should have made it a twin, but I think it will be a nice place to lay down the baby. Now, all that is left to do is quilt! I purchased a lovely linen/rayon blend in the exact teal I used on the front to use for the back. But, after scouring the internet for advice, I've decided that using the rayon blend is just too risky. I'm worried about the rayon wearing unevenly or deteriorating. So.... impatient me must wait for the quilt back fabric to be delivered. Sorry teal linen, we will save you for another day! I am also thinking of sending this quilt out to be long-armed. I've never done that before. Anyone have any recommendations for long-arm quilters that do "modern" quilting?

13 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Oh, man. I know what you mean about sashing with linen. I just finished a quilt top with white linen sashing and it was definitely a test of my patience! I like to cheat and cut my sashing pieces a little bigger than I need and then trim them to the correct size after they've been sewn to the blocks. It takes a little more fabric, but it's easier to get straight seams. (Not that your quilt needs that -- I think your seams look plenty straight! :) )

Elizabeth said...

Your quilt looks BEAUTIFUL, by the way! :)

Jessica said...

The quilt is fantastic. I love the confetti pieces. (originally seen in the flickr quilts & quilting pool)

My long armer has a Gammel Stadler (I think that's what she calls it) that is computerized. She gave me a bunch of websites to go and choose patterns from, and some were pretty "modern". If she thought she'd get use from the pattern I chose, she'd buy it herself, if not, she asked that I pay the $15 or so to buy the new pattern. Good deal either way I suppose, but I always ended up choosing something she already owned. I still want to try the pattern with whales...
Good luck making a decision. Excellent quilt.

Jessica said...

Kristen, my long armer is Patty Sawyer in South Middleboro, MA. here's her website: http://b2bquilting.com/about.asp

you can tell her that Jessica from the Silver City Quilt Guild sent you.

thanks~

Jacquie said...

totally fabulous...love the colors...the wonkyness just adds to the charm

Helen said...

Love the quilt, it is just stunning! Looking foward to seeing how you get it quilted.

Hollabee said...

gorgeous quilt, lucky baby :)

smoothpebble said...

Saw this on sew mama sew. I love it! So bright and cheerful and beautifully executed!

Thriftin and Craftin said...

I just saw this on Sew Mama Sew, and I had to tell you how awesome this is. Your daughter will have this forever I am sure!

miss chris said...

Good grief! That is beautiful!

mrmonkeysuit said...

This is such a stunning quilt. I love the colours you've chosen, they are so bold. Lovely lovely lovely.

Rebecca said...

Kristen - I just bought a HQ long arm sewing machine and started my own business which I will run between taking care of my teacher husband and two girls - enough said - anyhow, I saw your link through Patapri's site and I admire what you did with her cloth. I like to do free-motion quilting. In otherwords, I look at the quilt and come up with my own designs based on the piecing and the fabric. You can check out my work at bedscapedesigns.com. If you like my work get in touch with me and we can discuss the details, otherwise, good luck with all your projects! Rebecca

Rebecca said...

can't help you with long arm advice, but must say that i love this quilt. the colors are so eye-catching. and i'm just really stunned, in awe, at how much i love it. such a great job you did. wow. and this is for your new baby, so it's great you're keeping it in the family, so to speak.