Thursday, April 19, 2012

Yay, all done!

I finally finished my niece's baby quilt and I must admit, I really like it!  Who would ever guess being that it's completely in neutrals too???  Me, neutrals?  Perhaps not, but for a baby boy, I think it's perfect!    Besides, it's big enough at 45x48 inches for him to use it as a play quilt on the floor and that was my main objective.  Being that my niece and her hubby live in Florida, there's really not much need for a warm quilt for sleeping.

I think I told you that I wanted to straight line quilt it, right?  I thought that would give it the organic look that I was aiming for......but how should I accomplish that?  Walking foot?  I did think of that, but turning it every row would probably have driven me right to the bottle!!!  After reading this blog, I decided to do it with my darning foot, free motion, too.  Only, I did NOT lower my feed dogs....I tend to have more control without doing that, and I wanted my lines to be as straight as possible.  


I love this picture that I took this morning once I was done sewing on the binding:

Free Motion Straight Line Quilting

It looks like someone else's work!!!  I quick thought that I should sign it while I was at it, so I DID lower the feed dogs for this:


Then, before it rained like the predictions were claiming, I quick ran outside and took at picture of it hanging over the fence:

Jamie's Baby Quilt

So........DONE!!  Now, I can get working on more fun stuff like pin cushions!  In case you didn't know it, I LOVE making pincushions!!!  AND, isn't it funny that a new pincushion swap is starting?  How convenient, huh?  Well, I just couldn't wait until I got my partner, so I had to practice:

2012 Pincushion w/ Flower

More my style, huh?  I guess!!!  Just wait until you see what I have in mind for my partner though.  I think it might be a pincushion to out do all pincushions.........(if everything turns out like I have it in my head, that is!  Stay tuned!!)

26 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I don't doubt your pin cushion creation will out do all others! Such a cute practice one.

Liz DandeliondD said...

That is a fab neutrals quilt.

And a gorgeous pin cushion too

xxxx

tillymint said...

Oh that quilt is just gorgeous.. your straight line quilting is just the perfect finishing touch. And I love, love, LOVE your pin cushion, I love making them too :)

Susan said...

YOur FMQuilting really suits the design - must try that leavingthe4 feed dogs up. Gorgeous pin cushion - definietly more your style! Hope your mojo is coming back.

Sewconsult said...

The quilt is great. I like the way that you quilted it. Your pincushions are always a delight to see.
Beckie

Patchwork and Play said...

The baby quilt is fabulous! No matter what style you choose, its always stunning!

Dianne said...

Holy smokes you do good free motion straight quilting and it is perfect on this quilt. I love that you changed direction in the blocks, great texture change. The pin cushion is FA BU LOUS!!!
It looks to me like you've you got your groove back!

SameliasMum said...

I like your quilting. I hate straight line quilting (can never get it to work without puckers). I might try that darning foot methoe.

I adore your pincushion. It's so bright and a gorgeous jolt of colour!

B J Elder said...

The quilt is wonderful! Love the neutrals and the touch of color you used in it. The quilting is perfect for this one.
Your pincushion just makes me smile - it is so cheerful and happy.

Sue said...

Lovely quilt, nice work. Can you tell me where the pincushion swap is please?

Annie said...

The baby quilt turned out great! It's perfect for a "neutral" mom. The pincushion is as delightful as many of your others! I love the fushion of colors in this one.

A.J. Dub. said...

I love the baby quilt! It is beautiful!

Larissa said...

The baby quilt looks gorgeous!!! And the straight line quilting is perfect!!!! .... Also, the pincushion is ... WOW!! I LOVE it!!! It's the kind I would just die for, lol! May I replicate it using my own fabrics? It truly is a beautiful, yet simple, design!!!

Annie of Blue Gables said...

I love your style. I love my pin cushion from you. I want another one. . . how much would you charge?
~a

Sonia said...

Awesome quilt!

I have to get a pin cushion done soon. I have joined a pin cushion club... but am having trouble on what kind to make. :)

Fiona @findingfifth said...

Hooray I think I just became your 1000th 'follower'. Some of the girls in my Australian Quilt Club were raving about your site...so I slipped over on their link. About to go and search your archives. Like your new pin cushion a lot.

Cindy said...

Well done friend.

Judy said...

Lovely baby quilt! I like the combination of the neutrals and the color along with the straight line quilting. How did you do that without a walking foot?? Nice quilting!!

Sara said...

Yes I have seen/heard it done with the FMQ foot many times..yours came out gorgeous!! I also hear many people say they don't lower the feed dogs for FMQ..I don't know if my Janome MC will let me do it that way..now I am curious!

Sweet pincushion:)

MariQuilts said...

I love the neutral quilt and the pin cushion is adorable.

Anonymous said...

Oh the anticipation of your next project, can't wait.
Brenda

Vivian said...

Pretty, calming, beautiful! And best of all I can already picture it with a sleeping baby under or on top of it!

Lappedamen said...

A lovely quilt and a goregous pincushion.

Rettabug said...

Its wonderful, Carol...reminds me of a caramel latte with some pretty colored sprinkles as accents.
The free motion quilting is perfect with all the rectangles of color.

I love your wild pincushion & can't wait to see what the next one will look like. Sounds like you're coming out of the slump.

Hugs,
Rett

Diann said...

I love your baby quilt and am sure your niece will as well. The design would also work for an adult quilt.

Nancy B said...

Carol, am I listed as a no comment blogger? I thought you had my gmail address. Tried to send this note by email, but couldn't find your address. Thanks for your help.
Nancy