SO MUCH QUILTING, SO LITTLE TIME!
Originally posted June 10, 2015 by Rita Ferber
During my “spare” time, I’ve been able to get a whole lot of quilting done. I had been commissioned to make 4 quilts for 4 little boys with VERY specific tastes! I’m actually not sure if the boys care (or know) what kind of quilts they get or if the grandma and auntie are the ones with the specific tastes.
(I’m guessing it’s the latter)
The first obstacle was finding the exact fabrics requested for these quilts. The blue “movie reel” fabric came from Spoonflower, the TMNT minky came from somewhere in the States (Etsy) and the Tree Frog fabric was an out-of-print Timeless Treasures print that I found at Fabric.com. YES! I shopped my competitors! If I can’t get it, and a customer wants it bad enough, I’ll find it! Mind you, it cost them a pretty penny to get all that fabric shipped up here! I hope they think it was all worth it.
Quilts 1 & 2
“Tree Frog Quilts” – Twin Size
Simple patchwork piecing.
Raindrop quilting in the black squares
Outline quilting around frogs and leaves in the print fabric
This photo shows the back of the print fabric, you can see the outline of some of the frogs and leaves in the quilting.
“Movie Reel Quit” – Double Sized
Simple stipple quilting in the squares.
“TMNT minky comforter”
This is more of a whole-cloth quilt, I suppose. There was no piecing except to sew the two long strips together. The challenge with this one was the minky fabric! It’s so darn slippery! Black minky was used on the back as well, so the batting actually helped to hold it all in place a bit. I can’t tell you how many pins I used to baste this, but it was a lot!
I free-motion quilted around all of the turtle heads and when you look from the back, the shapes created sort of look like turtles as well! Happy coincidence!
Each of these quilts has a matching pillow case to go with them. While black isn’t always my first choice for quilts (especially for kids) I think it works well with these prints. I hope the families are pleased with the results.
In other sewing news…
I have a baby shower coming up this weekend and I had previously made this quilt
You can read all about it here.
I suppose because I was spending so much time in my sewing room and I still had a few days to go, I decided to make some little extras to go with the quilt.
It was my first time sewing with laminated cotton, and let me tell you, it was much easier than I expected. TIP: if you plan on sewing with this stuff, be sure the laminated fabric is not touching the bed of your machine. It has a tendency to stick to the plastic of the machine and won’t feed through the feed dogs.
Isn’t that little bow tie just the cutest? I wish I had thought of making these when my son was smaller. Oh well, I can live vicariously through others!
My next project? I’m hoping it’s a king-sized quilt for hubby’s and my bed!
Till next time…