Thursday, September 9, 2010

Millie and Olivia

I don't know about you, but somehow I seem to end up with endless pieces of batting in varying sizes, most just big enough for a baby quilt.  I am quickly running out of storage space for these pieces of batting and therefore thought it wise to make a baby quilt.
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Quilt size as determined by the size of the leftover batting:  30 inches x 36.5 inches

What's more, making a small quilt it is a good opportunity to try out some closely spaced quilting lines.  By moving the needle position as far as possible away from the previous stitching line, and by using the outer edge of my walking foot and the previous stitching line as a guide, I have quilted lines just a tad more than a half inch apart.


The finished quilt is a little rustic and "organic", particularly so, as I have washed and tumble dried this quilt for extra crinkle effect.


On the back of the quilt is adorable Olivia the Piglet a fabric by Andover.


The red small scale floral fabric used for both the small squares and the binding is a Liberty of London print called Millie.  It is definitely one of my favorite Liberty prints.  It has washed and tumble dried well without any color run, although I did not expect any color run from a Liberty fabric.
 

Just for fun!

You can find this baby quilt in my Etsy Store.

44 comments:

  1. Super cute! Most of my leftover batting is just too small for a decent-sized baby quilt. I give some to friends for needle-felting projects :)

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  2. Beautiful! Love the quilting and LOVE the backing fabric.

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  3. Darling! Way to use things up and make them beautiful at the same time.

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  4. So cute - I love it! Love the crinkly look too.

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  5. Sweet quilt! I use Warm and Natural batting, and find that it pieces very well - just butt the two straight edges up to each other and zigzag over the two edges. So we never throw away leftovers!

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  6. that olivia fabric is too too cute...i seem to have a bunch of batting around all the time too, but it seems like mine is never big enough for anything other than a table runner or something small.

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  7. So sweet! I just love quilts awash in white with just a pop of color. And this one is perfection! I use my leftover batting, btw, for potholders and table runners, and I also join pieces of batting using a zigzag stitch to use in wall hangings.

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  8. Love it! Now singing the Olivia theme!

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  9. Just love it! I am a big fan of the straight line quilting - and all that clean, crisp white.

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  10. Lovely! THat's such a great use of the Piglet fabric for the back.

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  11. Oooh...love the fabric on the back!

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  12. If you ever want to share some batting just let me know Rita;) The baby quilt is sweetness:)

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  13. What a pretty quilt! I love the red and white and the Olivia fabric is so cute. I really like straight line quilting. Love & blessings from NC!

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  14. I ♥ Olivia so much! This is a great quilt. You're the first quilter I've ever heard of making quilts specifically to use up batting, I love it! When they get really small, I turn to pot holders and now the latest Flickr obsession, mug rugs.

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  15. I love the simplicity of this quilt! It's so gorgeous! Just goes to show you that it doesn't take much to make a fabulous quilt!

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  16. I love the red Liberty fabric, it is gorgeous!

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  17. its gorgeous- i LOVE that backing fabric!

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  18. Hi Rita - I have just found your blog and love your quilt style! I think I have been living down a dark hole somewhere to have missed your blog for so long. I would love to blog about your beautiful quilts and link to your blog on my blog - would you be OK if I did this?

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  19. love it - the colour, the quilting, everything!

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  20. Good use of your batting scraps! All my batting scraps go to the local ladies as a donation for preemie quilts for the hospital. This year the hospital needs 600!! I love your design and the Olivia fabric is adorable.

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  21. oh I love this!!! The backing fabric is DARLING! Wish I had a little one to wrap up in that one!

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  22. Love it that the SCRAPS become objects of veritable beauty. Olivia is the bees knees.

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  23. I just love this! Sometimes simplicity is more beautiful than fussy work. What a lucky baby to have this quilt! :)

    www.genasgarden.blogspot.com

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  24. too cute! i use my scraps for runners, placemats, potholders, can coolers ... you name it -- it can be used!

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  25. Love it! The red and white are so crisp and simple...perfect!

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  26. Adorable. Red and white is always a wonderful combination. I really like the little squares among the larger amount of white!

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  27. I love the backing fabric, it is just so perfect with this quilt.

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  28. when you quilt like this....do you sew each line in the same direction or do you do half in one direction and half in the other? I would like to try it, because I love the look, but want to have the best possible outcome so am asking for your help.

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  29. Have a soft spot for Olivia (as my maiden name was Piggott) so much nicer than Miss Piggy who I used to be called when I was a kid.

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  30. That Mille print is so delicious! Clearly I need to get some Liberty of London for my stash.

    I was inspired by your fabric giveaway last week and am hosting one of my own. Hope you'll come by!

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  31. You. Are. Amazing! Another Fabulous Quilt!!!

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  32. I'm so tickled to see you enjoying the 'crinkle factor'......it's such a change from your flat and beautiful quilts.

    It's true what they say......

    IT'S ALL GOOD !

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  33. Forgive me if you've been asked this a dozen times and have answered a dozen plus one times. But how do you get your lines to turn out so straight? Do you use tape to marks your first line and then use the walking foot as your guide from there? Do you start in the middle of the quilt and work your way out? From the photo your lines look perfectly straight.
    Great job!

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  34. Another beautiful quilt! I recognize that Liberty print--darling.

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  35. Love the Olivia fabric. I just bought a bunch of Olivia fabric at a sale recently, but they did not have the fabric you put on the back of your quilt. I really like that fabric so now I am going to have to try and find some. For my leftovers I double cut the batting, butt the edges together and use a zig zag stitch that actually sews three stitches for each zig or zag. I find using a regular zig zag stitch can make more of a ridge.

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  36. OLIVIA! I love that quilt! Very cute!

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  37. It's gorgeous! I love the simplicity of it, and of course Olivia is so cute!

    Arabella

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  38. Love it! So bright, perfect for a baby. I have a daughter named Olivia so I need to get some of that fabric. When I can, I piece my batting pieces together, but I love to use the little scraps for dusting. They're perfect for baseboards and for under my cutting table, lol.

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  39. I use my leftovers for placemats, pot holders and table runners. My are too small for a baby quilts, but the love the one you make.

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