Friday, September 9, 2011

Déjà Vu


If by chance you get that feeling that you've seen it all before, you might just be right. I've been head down over the sewing machine stitching away at another It's a Hoot Quilt, although this time a little smaller than the first (see here).


This quilt is a custom order for a baby yet to be born; and will definitely be big enough to last well into early childhood and beyond. 


Goodness, it's been such a productive few days!  The quilt top and quilt back were made yesterday (and late into the evening - or was it early morning?).   With an early start today, I marked quilting lines with a ruler and  a Hera Marker:


Can you see the cross-hatch (diagonal) marked quilting lines - pictured above?  I mark lines - if needed - during the basting process:  once the edges of the quilt are securely pin basted, but before the remaining basting pins are in place.  These lines are only just visible and remain there long enough for me to finish quilting.  Trust me, it is the no mess, no fuss way to mark quilting lines.


I completed the basting and ...


...  started the quilting. These fabrics are just gorgeous to work with, and I am a little sorry to see my stash of this fabric collection dwindle.  But I am happy with the knowledge that this quilt will be used often and much loved.

Stitching away ...
Rita

24 comments:

  1. it looks so soft and sweet. Lucky baby to get such a beautiful quilt

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  2. Looks lovely! I also love my hera marker - don't know how I managed without it!

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  3. Oh, I'm crying for this line too. It's amazing how well they fit togheter without needing anything more. Except the floral print that I don't relly fancy, everything in this line is amazing! The trees.. the birds..the ovals.. I love them.

    Ok, not you made wanna go and search again for some fat quarter bundles from this line. I hope I can find them somewhere.

    P.S. The only line I feel the same about is Heirloom from Joel Dewberry. I am waiting for them for a week now and I am tempted to buy more even if they didn't arrive yet :D.

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  4. Gorgeous! I bought a Hera marker recently, but haven't used it yet. Have to finish a quilt top first (*sigh*). I hope to finish my "Alice" quilt top soon and will be using the marker for it. :)

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  5. This was a great post for me thanks for the photos & info! B

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  6. I may have to pick up one of those Hera markers soon!

    The baby is going to love it:)

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  7. How do you mark the quilt lines? I'm guessing with the Hera marker mentioned above, is that right? (p.s., I love love love all your quilts).

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  8. Love this line--what a bright, fun quilt! Thanks for showing how you make the quilting lines. :)

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  9. I need this line! It looks gorgeous!!! I agree, these fabrics can for any age!

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  10. Ive never bouht any of this line. I don't know why, it is so gorgeous! And I love my Hera marker too. I don't usually mark that many lines before I quilt, I'm always afraid they will disappear before I get to them. Do you mark your whole quilt at once before you start? How long do the lines stay?

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  11. Oh, this is such a grat idea for a baby quilt! I have one to make soon and my little stash of it's a hoot could be just the thing! Thanks :)

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  12. Nice colorful quilt! I start my day checking cetain blogs and you are always on my list. I love the hera marker too after I learned that you need to mark on a hard surface (not when the quilt is in the quiling frame). I also use an old dull pizza cutter which leaves the same kind of mark; it rolls along easily with no drag.

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  13. I always love your quilts they are all just so beautiful. I have not as yet used a Hera Marker but I might have to look into getting one.

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  14. I love all your quilting tips! Thanks for sharing all these awesome tutorials! I'm a new follower! :)
    Patty from www.pattytrends.com

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  15. gorgeous bright quilt!, lucky baby!. can't wait to see it finished.

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  16. Oh I love that line. So happy!

    I've never heard of that marker... Off to google!

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  17. Such gorgeous colors!! I'll have to look out for a hera marker myself. Thanks

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  18. Greetings from Tunisia! I'm enjoying your blog while trying to beat the heat. Your quilts are dazzling and your fabrics are marvelous. I'm kind of thinking the psychedelic 60s have been reborn! Happy quilting!

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  19. I love this post Rita. You cut each square and mark them before you baste. You baste the squares by machine, at what stitch length?
    Then sew them at 2.5? My squares never look as good as yours. I want to try your way. Your seam are perfect. I found some glass head pins which helps a lot when I'm sewing. I have the same machine as you. Thank you Rita for this help. I definitely need it.

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  20. Oh what beautiful fabrics, Rita. They've turned into such a pretty quilt. I really like your method--why didn't I think of that???
    Mary

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  21. Looking good - I love the bright, happy colours.

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  22. Thanks for sharing a little of what happens "behind the scenes!" This one is beautiful.
    Anna
    http://lassothemoon.typepad.com

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  23. It's gorgeous! I know the new owner will love and cherish that beautiful quilt!

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