Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Gingham Galore ~ Two Finished Quilts!

As promised, here follows a gingham update together with a warning for another picture heavy post:


It certainly was pedal to the metal this weekend!  Thankfully both quilts basted and quilted really easily and without problem, and my sewing machine played nice.  The few hiccups encountered along the way were operator error, brought about perhaps by lack of sleep.  Self-inflicted.


Thank you so much for all of your comments on my previous post featuring the start of these two quilts!  I loved reading all of your comments, and have been spurred on by your enthusiasm.


Several readers wondered how well the gingham would fare during the washing and tumble drying process.  Upon hearing these concerns I immediately threw all caution to the wind and soaked the finished quilts in a tub, spun the quilts in the washing machine to remove excess water, and then tumble dried on a "crease guard" and "gentle" mode.


Both quilts emerged from the tumble dryer wrinkly and crinkly, but in cozy and comforting way that really suits the style of these quilts!  The images seen here are post washing, and I must admit that the crinkle factor has been played down somewhat by the use of a warm steam iron. 


There was no color run, or noticeable fading.  I am really pleased with how well the gingham, vintage linens and quilting cottons endured this process; so much so that I've been back to Spotlight to stock up on a little more gingham! 


I have used a striped fabric to bind both quilts, a black/white stripe and a red/white stripe.  And yes, I do still machine bind all of my quilts.  I've had A LOT of practise machine stitching the binding.  It is a technique that you get better at and becomes effortless over time.  I am just about there.


Both quilts have been backed entirely with Little Apples (Round and Round in White Linen) by Aneela Hoey.


These quilts have been listed separately in my Etsy Store.


You can find the listings for the quilts here and here.

Thank you for stopping by!
Rita

34 comments:

  1. They are both very nice. I Love them.

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  2. I love gingham, and both quilts are gorgeous. I've never put gingham in a quilt because I have issues with making it straight (stripes too). I did use gingham when I made my crochet blocking board.

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  3. Wonderful quilts! Gingham used to be so popular, but you don't see it too terribly often anymore. Before I learned to quilt I bought a bunch of it, not sure where it is, but I should probably find it and make it into a quilt now! You've given me inspiration!!

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  4. i made a cross top out of a bunch of vintage gingham that came from my husband's grandma's stash. i've been afraid to try machine quilting it and i hadn't even thought about color run! thanks for sharing, i think i will go ahead and try to quilt it on my machine!

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  5. I always love your use of black in binding. The small scale gingham is just so cute.

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  6. Love what you did with the gingham!!!

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  7. YOU never fail me, I am always amazed at the quality of your work and the lovelies you produce. Love the bindings, just makes your quilts stand up and dance. Thanks for showing them off, you certainly worked yourself into a lather and ended up with two glorious new gingham pretties.

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  8. It seems a little odd that you use Spotlight gingham for the front, but back with Little Apples!! LOL!

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  9. So bright & cheerful , love the floral in the mix .

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  10. Love them! I am a huge fan of gingham and polka dots, so this is right up my alley! And I just inherited a bunch of material from a friend I quilt for; this gives me inspiration to start using up some of this stuff and giving them to charity! Trudy

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  11. They are absolutely gorgeous- the binding is wonderful. I love the mix of fabrics.
    Heather x

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  12. They are absolutely fabulous.See allthe gingham together is spectacular!!

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  13. Congratulations on having your gingham quilts featured on the Warp and the Weft. I buy most of my fabric from Spotlight and yes, I've had fading and stretching issues but I can live with them - the quilts are in constant use.

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  14. Adorable! Love the thinner striped binding - a perfect foil for all the checks.

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  15. Very sweet. The backing is wonderful and of course the striped binding is just the frosting on the cake.

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  16. Yep. Definitely an UPMARKET picnic with these beauties....just in time for Valentines Day!
    They are Gorgeous.

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  17. Thanks for the inspiration! I've got quite a stack of ginghams that I've been wondering what to do with!

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  18. Stumbled across your website. The quilts are just beautiful!

    I will definitely be following what you come up with next...

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  19. Bit of gingham love, these are sweet.

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  20. I'm inspired. I love gingham and now will think about using it in a quilt. Thanks!

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  21. LOVE love love the gingham quilts!

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  22. Such happy quilts, they make me want to go for a picnic or lay at the beach.

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  23. I looooooooooooooooove those two quilts!

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  24. I love the gingham but I really love the children dancing on the backing fabric. Good choice.

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  25. What size are the individual blocks -- about 4 or 5 inches? Do you have a preferred size for blocks when you make block quilts? Thank you -- gorgeous quilts.

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  26. Both quilts are gorgeous. The mix of vintage floral, gingham and spots is superb and the Aneela Hoey backing is perfect. I hope you get some rest before your next creation.

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  27. The ginghams are SEW wonderful to quilt with. Your idea is simple but perfect for the chosen materials.

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  28. These are so fresh and beautiful Rita! Gorgeous!!

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