Baby quilt


This quilt was started in October last year and the quilt top was ready. However, shortly after that it went into my craft cupboard and sat there until now :)
This week I decided to complete it and here it is with my nascent FMQ skills showing through the seems . literally :D

Here is a brief post on the quilt top !

A picture of the full quilt…

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All folded and ready to go…

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Am linking it to WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Its almost the end of the month and my Plus quilt is _finally_ showing some traction. The first row of Plus’ are pieced but then I realized that I hadn’t cut enough of the white fabric yet to take the quilt ahead, so back to the cutting board to cut some more charm squares in shades of blue and pure white. Think the quilt will turn out to be gorgeous.

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Linking it to WIP wednesday

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Yet another goodie bag and in the true nature of Valentine’s day…predominated by the colour of red. Here is a surprise that came in the very next day. A bag of gifts from Singer with a notepad, calendar, 2 pens, 4 pencils and some pamphlets. Its so sweet of the Singer folks to send me stuff.

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And on another note, my fusion crochet blanket seems to be progressing well. 2 days and 2 pieces ready ! That’s the fastest that any project has ever moved :)
Some quick math shows that if I continued with the present pace of completing one block a day, a 24 piece blanket would be ready in a month with a week to spare for joining the blocks together. I feel nostalgic calculating like this…back in school and college, while revising for an upcoming exam, I would calculate and recalculate the pace of revision required to complete the entire course…sometimes I proved the calculation right, sometimes not…but it was fun to calculate.
If I increase the quilt size it to a square 6X6 quilt, even then, the quilt should be done by march end.
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This is a kiddie quilt I made for my son. He is in pre-school :)

Why do I specify that he is in pre-school ! Well, he is just getting to recognize the letters A-B-C and numbers 1-2-3 and wanted a quilt which had the letters (to begin with). By the time I settled down to cut out the fabric letters, numbers had also got added to the request list.

So this is a quilt made on demand …

Its a broadcloth quilt and the letters/numbers are hand appliqued onto it. Post that its quilted in a wriggly labyrinthine fashion. This is the first time I used free motion quilting…in my earlier avatar of quilting I didn’t have a sewing machine that had FMQ functionality. I used my grandmom’s mechanical hand driven sewing machine from 1949. It had passed on from my grandmom to my mom and then to me. I just did straight line quilting…and not much at that.

Since the new HV came in, I had been really scared to use/change the foot and try the new functionality for fear that something might go wrong with the beautiful piece of machinery. But I had to take the leap of faith sometime and let go of my fear of the unknown. And with this quilt, I am am happy I did. I just love FMQ now and looking forward to do more of it.

Apart from that, I am also learning bias tape making. This is the first large project in which I have used home made bias tape.The copper Sulphate bias border for this quilt is the second set of bias tape I am making from a fat quarter. The first one was white. learnt it from an online tutorial and love the magical way in which a fat quarter converts itself into yards of continuous and beautiful bias tape.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Name: Dhruv’s ABC quilt
Size: 54″ X 42″
Quilted by: Me(Leena)
Appliqued by : Me(Leena)
Special technique: Hand needle turn applique, beginner’s FMQ
Best Category : Applique Quilt, Baby Quilt, Home Machine Quilted Quilt

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The modern quilt with triangles is complete and ready to be gifted to a friend’s new born. Hope she likes it…I meant my friend, her baby is too young to opine on quilts :)

Linking it to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

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Its time to work out my own triangles in solid shades—some neutral with splashes of colour. The first colour chart looked like this. But soon after I realized I didn’t have any plum so just replaced it with peachy orange.

Normally I would have worked out the triangles as HSTs, but these are not in pairs so I cut them into triangles and joined them back to form squares with one half in each colour…arranging them in fours to stitch squares and then joining them to form the entire quilt.

The initial picture I coloured is not the same as the square arrangement which is not the same as the quilt. I love the surprise element rather than fretting too much on the arrangement.

Realized too soon that the actual arrangement of triangles didn’t matter. Its the splashes of colour amongst the neutral and the colour blocking that makes it look like a piece of art. I had prepared a 5″ template from OHP slide and used it to cut the pieces…it just make the process of cutting fabric in the required size a lot easier and faster. The quilt top came up faster than I thought it would.

Absolutely loved this quilt top.

A cartwheel quilt. Enough said !

Actually not, wanted to tell you how much I love the hot pink and the black in white paisleys.They are so contrasting in their character that they make a good pair. I just started off on a whim and am soooooo happy that it turned out well.

My little one gets to show off all the quilts. Each of the cartwheel blocks are 16inches square…three of them on each side makes a 48 inch square quilt. Quite a large quilt for a new born, so maybe a good one for a four year old :)
Haven’t thought about the end use yet.

Also, the learning from the quilt is that stiff fabric make better edges…since both the fabric used here are soft, getting the pieces to match was slightly difficult.
The other learning for me was that quilt tops take no time to fall in place like magic. So to complete the quilt I must have the batting and the rear fabric ready at home.

Now that the quilt top is ready, I ma waiting of the rear fabric to arrive.
Raring to go !

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I woke up early, determined to start my running schedule…more like walking schedule, but was met with overcast sky and pouring rain. These are the last showers of the season and each bout continues for a couple of hours. So I decided waiting would be of no consequence. I’d rather cut up some fabric :)

I settled down to cut into the fabric bought last weekend and put together a simple baby quilt. I havent thought who it will be for.

The first idea of putting together the catwheels looked like this !

and then this …

The first one focusses on the paisley print and the second on the solid one. Think the latter looks better. Adding some colour to teh blocks…

This is truly a WIP project…only 3 blocks out of the 9 are arranged. I havent even cut up the fabric for the rest. Just wanted to put together a few blocks to be sure the black and white paisleys looked good with the hot pink.

Linking it to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced !

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Little kids can be very demanding…not just in terms of time and energy but also skill. My little one wanted a quilt with numbers on it. Then he wanted one with A,B,C on it. By the time I had settled down to make it, he wanted both.

I don’t have prior experience in needle turn applique so this turned out to be a wonderful learning experience for me. A little U tube in life can make so much of difference.

His quilt is now WIP with numbers as well as all 26letters of the alphabet.

And my skill set seems to be improving. I am happy :)

Adding it to {Sew} Modern Monday

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