Friday, December 28, 2012

Finished Baby Quilt

I am sorry, it has been a very hectic Christmas this year. I know it has been a long time since I posted. I am now back in the saddle and working on getting things organized. First off I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Christmas. New Year is right around the corner. Does everyone have a resolution ready. I am going to try and post more regularly and sew more often. Hopefully my resolution will work. How about any of you?

 Now on to the finishing of the quilt. I got all of it together and then stared at it for a while trying to figure out what I wanted to do for quilting. Quilting it is always the hardest for me. I love doing it, but I always have so many different ideas going through my head and to decide which ones I want to use takes a while. I even tend to draw on some of the pictures I print out to try and come up with the best one.

I know I wanted an all over quilting in the center with the train. But what did I want to do with the pinwheels was hard to decide.

Here is a picture of the center. I decided on an all over cloud quilting for the train. It went really well and made the train pieces stick out better, and from further away it looked like it was traveling with the sky behind it. It turned out really well. 

I liked how it turned out. I used white thread so it would blend in with the background fabric I used.

I tried to get another picture so you could see the texture but that did not work so well. I am still finding new things with my camera too.

I finally decided to do a simple flower quilting in the pinwheels and I really like it. It sort of makes the pinwheels look like they are in motion. The quilt was not that hard to quilt on my home machine. What I really want is a long arm machine. Maybe if I am really good this year Santa will bring me one next Christmas.

Here it is all done. I am sorry I did not take a picture of the back. Darn, I even made a label for the back. I used a cute train flannel print for the back. It was so cute with it. I will have to remember to get a picture of the back next time.

Well I hope all have a wonderful and safe New Year and I will see you all again next year.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

More on the baby quilt

  Then I took the half square triangles and joined them. I had to keep looking at my drawing to make sure I was assembling them correctly. I had the pinwheels in different positions so it looked like it was moving instead of having them all one way.

These were fun and went pretty fast.

I put them together and pressed them. I am so happy that my points all matched.

I then started laying out my rows. I then cut out my center block and applied my appliques.

These were fun. I chose different types of fabrics for these because I wanted the baby to experience different textures. I used chenille, flannel, fleece, and Egyptian cotton for the different types. I then appliqued them to the square with a blanket stitch. I used the same color thread as the appliques so they would blend in.

I then connected all the rows to complete the top.

The complete quilt tomorrow.