Friday, July 13, 2012

A Baby Quilt Finish

I forgot how rewarding it is to make a quick baby quilt from a panel, because it's been a really long time since I made one. This panel was purchased by a friend who asked me to quilt it for her niece's baby. It was fun selecting some Aurifil threads to match various areas of the panel. I like quilting with different colours, so I don't mind changing the thread many times.  How many times do you change threads when you're quilting?!? 
Then I had a blast machine quilting different designs...
one star to wish on, 
and lots of hearts in the center and in the surrounding border, 
and the letter 'A' for 'Abbott' in a few of the bubbles printed on the panel.
I was complaining in last Sunday's post about hand appliqueing the baby's name on the bottom of the panel, but it turned out OK. I don't love it, but I can live with it!
I bought the loveliest mint green flannel for the backing from Ye Olde Fabric Shoppe in Stratford (where the panel was purchased). It washed up beautifully and soft, and was a dream to quilt! 
I forced encouraged my friend to learn how to stitch the binding down so she could be part of making the quilt. We had a lovely visit while we stitched at the park. I was secretly hoping she would enjoy the sewing and want to become a quilter, but that didn't happen...at all!



Here's the finished quilt...

all ready to take to the baby shower. So cute!

14 comments:

  1. aww, that's really cute. I like to do "custom" work on panels by following the design or lines around or something like that and then maybe a fun filler in the background, I may or may not change threads, I HAVE on a christmas panel, dark blue for the background, a tan for the nativity scene etc.

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  2. So cute. Love how you did the quilting and your letters look great!

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  3. Such creative stitch lines, it sure added a lot to the finish. Hey, I think your setting for the hand stitching made it an even better place to learn for your friend ~
    :-}pokey

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  4. What a cute quilt! Nice job!
    I have used up to 3 thread colors in one project, but never more than that--yet.

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  5. I love your baby quilt! I don't like changing thread colors when I'm quilting because all too often the tension goes wacky...even when I stick with the same brand. But sometimes it is the right thing to do!

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  6. Awwwwww...... that is so sweet!! And the letters for the name look great. You did a good job. Don't give up on applique. It can add a whole new dimension to a quilt.

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  7. Awwww. Very sweet! You've planted a seed in your friend's mind even if she doesn't respond right now. Nice quilt, Kathy.

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  8. Adorable, your friend will be proud of her effort in years to come.

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  9. Adorable, your friend will be proud of her effort in years to come.

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  10. The baby quilt turned out cute! I think the name looks great!

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  11. What a sweet baby quilt! I love the addition of the name...so personal.

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  12. Adorable! I always stick with the same colour of thread within my quilts and it is always a neutral of some sort. I see I need to experiment - the results are wonderful.

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  13. Really cute panel, and the letters look great too. How fun.

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  14. Very cute! Too bad you couldn't make your friend a convert. At least you had a great time together.

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