Saturday, April 25, 2009

Baby Quilt - Spring into Autumn

Thank you everyone for the really lovely and encouraging comments that I have received on my Gelati Quilt Top. It was an enormous amount of work sewing all those log cabins, but the effort has been truly rewarding.

Whilst piecing the log cabins this week my next project was already in the planning stages in my head. I really wanted to sew something quick and easy, with instant results.


Here is what I started Friday afternoon: a baby quilt. I enjoy piecing with linen at the moment, and chose to use a linen/cotton blend fabric in natural color tone, together with blue/green cotton fabrics for this quilt.

It is just a simple patchwork layout made out of 3 inch squares. 14 rows in the length and 11 rows to make up the width. The finished size of the quilt is 35 x 28 inches. (The finished size of each square is 2.5 inches).

This layout allowed for some strip and chain piecing. That is, some quick piecing with instant results. (It usually takes a lot longer to choose fabrics!)


I also pieced the back of the quilt, in part because I don't generally have pieces in my fabric stash big enough for a backing, but also because I enjoy making up and designing the back. This is what I made using the leftover linen from the quilt top.


I basted the quilt Friday night. Basting is probably my least favorite part of the the process. But because it is just a small quilt I was able to baste it on the dining room table rather than the floor. That sure helps a lot.

I quilted this baby quilt again with straight lines just a quarter of an inch inside each square, running from edge to edge, both horizontally and vertically. This photo show the detail of the quilting lines.


I used 100% Cotton batting from Matilda's Own.

The finished size of the quilt is 28 x 35 inches.

Even though it is just the start of Autumn in Australia, I have decided to call this quilt Spring. The colors are so cheerful and remind me of everything Spring. Green grass, sunny days with blue sky. Lucky you!

It has been a busy week, with so much sewing going on that there has been a lot of neglect of the other things that I should have been doing! I am suffering quilter's guilt.

22 comments:

  1. Again a beautiful quilt.You are very good with colours. And your lines are so straight...

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  2. I really love this quilt. I have to pregnant friends and will probably use your quilt design for at least one. I have never machine quilted myself before, so this may be a good project to start on. I am slightly terrifed of my walking foot!

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  3. Another awesome quilt! Love the colors and the texture and the quilting and the back and......

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  4. Those blues and greens ARE spring. Just wonderful. I will have to try a linen/cotton blend, as I have found 100% linen very slippery to piece with. I like to piece the back, too - it's like an extra surprise.

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  5. Beautiful quilt! The quilting is just perfect on it and it is reminiscent of a spring day!

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  6. Simple and gorgeous. My two favorite colors are blue and green and you've used lots of my favorite fabrics too. I especially love how you quilted it.

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  7. I like how you quilted it - the quilting goes with the quilt if you know what I mean. In my opinion a lot of times machine quilting detracts from the design of the quilt.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  8. Wow - that is beautiful! I love all the bits of Flea Market Fancy. The quilting you did totally enhances the design & I love how it looks on the pieced back. Well done!

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  9. Just Beautiful! I love the spring colors with the linen...it just makes it all the more lovely!

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  10. I wish I could sew straight lines like that! Just beautiful!

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  11. Spring is beginning here in the midwestern part of the States, so I am loving the colors you put into this quilt. It's thunderstorming and pouring rain today, so seeing this splash of cheerful colors makes me smile. Great job with this quilt!

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  12. I love it! And the quilting is great! I love that it's not stitched in the ditch but that you were able to use the seams as guides.

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  13. I love it! I haven't done anything but stipple quilting in a long time and this makes me want to do something different with my next quilt.

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  14. I love it! I'm just about to start something similar and wasn't sure how to quilt it. This is perfect!

    The colours are stunning!

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  15. it's beautiful! i love the colors!

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  16. Love the colour combinations and the sweet simplicity...

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  17. I love your blog. Your quilts are SO FREAKIN AWESOME!

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  18. Beautiful. I especially love the grid effect of the quilting.

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  19. Definitely spring! I love those blues and greens with the white linen!

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  20. It's beautiful! I love your quilting the grid is cool looking from the back :)

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  21. Beautiful quilt! I don't usually use a lot of blues, but I love this! Great job!

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  22. Oh! This is so beautiful! I feel inspired ....

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