Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bastille's Baby Quilt

So, the quilt has been revealed. I think they liked it. :D That means I can now show it off to all of you!

Here are a few shots for your viewing pleasure.

The front:
Front - Full

A close-up of the lion block on the front:
Front - Detail

The back:
Back - Full

The flamingo block on the back:
Back - Detail

I tried a few new things on this baby quilt.

1. I kind of figured out how to use the quilting foot on my machine. I was able to do a free-motion quilting pattern Jason and I created on the computer.

2. I thought I should try to push myself to do something really cool with the quilting on this one. It was screaming to be something other than a geometric quilting design. I didn't want to do stitch-in-the-ditch because it never comes out perfectly. Jason and I brainstormed and came up with something we thought was perfect for this quilt. We scanned in the fabric I used for sashing. Then we traced the outlines of a few leaves in Photoshop. We ended up with an image that looked like this:
Leaf template
We printed it onto some cardstock. Cut it out and traced it with chalk onto the quilt top. I then traced the chalk lines with my needle and thread. I think it turned out pretty neat.

3. Since I was working on the quilting on International Quilting Day, The Quilt Show opened up their shows for free. (Thanks to Jamie for sharing that big of info with the KCMQG.) One of the episodes I watched was this one with Philippa Naylor. She gave this brilliant tip. Use some of the non-skid pads for in your kitchen cabinets as a gripper for quilting. (I had been considering some gloves, but couldn't find any, didn't want to spend the time hunting, and have decided I like this better!) I immediately went into the kitchen and cut off a piece of the gripper I have under a rug. Brilliant! It works beautifully for maneuvering the quilt easily. Love it!

4. I designed my own pattern. It was fairly simple to make and I like the way it turned out.

I had a thought after finishing this quilt. I was thinking it could be a fun and easy quilt to do a quilt-along here on the blog. What are your thoughts? Would anyone be interested in participating?


isa & marta said...

Pues a mi me interesa, cuando empezamos????

Aunt Spicy said...

Gorgeous! Just beautiful! I love the colors and the combinations that you used!