This batting is extremely dense. In fact, it looks like a blanket all itself! Quilting it was very nice as it held its shape, took a needle very well and provided a sufficient amount of loft. It wasn’t until after I took the quilt off of the machine, that I noticed some of my less dense quilting patterns were a bit poofy. I may go back and add some fill to these. Or, I may not – as soon as this quilt is washed, this probably won’t be an issue.
This is a smaller American Beauty quilt so I could concentrate on technique without getting overwhelmed. I have paper-pieced before, but on the round can be a little tricky. The process was quite fun, after I got the hang of it.
The design was created using Electric Quilt 8 Software. I focused on lots of open space for quilting and some full and partial American Beauty elements. I was trying out both the pattern and the batting so wanted ample opportunity to work with both in a small space.
Now that I have tested the waters, there is surely another American Beauty quilt on my horizon. For now, this little blue beauty will hang in my home.
Last December (2017) I took our daughter on her first Cruise. Not only did we have an amazing time, but I also found inspiration for quilting. Check out the original post here. Cruise Quilt 1 was a great success.
The original image that inspired this first quilt was of a bench in the main eating area:
As I mentioned in my original post, I misread the pattern during my original assessment of this image. What I saw was this:
In reality, The pattern is more modern in design and includes different sized rectangles. I try to avoid intricate math problems whenever possible. Jamie Thomas, my math instructor from College may find this whole conversation amusing. Thank goodness for EQ8! Electric Quilt takes away so much of the worry about designing the quilt. I can spend my time on what matters to me most, and it is NOT the math!
Here is the actual layout that I used:
The Final Project
Ultimately, the final project was akin to the inspiration in design; however, I did change up the quilting.
Instead of using the hard lined rectangular echo type designs that the inspiration had, I chose to use a curvy pattern that would soften the overall look. This is, after all, my quilt!
The final product is very modern and fun. I can see many more “inspired” quilts in my future!
I think it is important to try new things and stretch your wings. Recently, I made a baby rag quilt for a customer and fell in love with the process. Check out that post HERE.
There is something uniquely satisfying to the process of clipping the raw edges and then seeing how they come out, wash after wash.
A Dent in the Stash
When I started the baby chic quilt, I realized that I had a large quantity of flannel in my stash that I had bought on sale but never used. Unfortunately, I had nothing that would be considered shabby chic or monotone.
This was not a bad thing; however. Instead, I am using this as an opportunity to create some fun rag quilts. This one is the first of many to come.
Green Rag Quilt
This cute rag quilt came about just from digging through my stash of flannel. You know that stash, right? It comes from those amazing flannel sales at your local craft retailer. Over the years, I have bought quite a bit, but never was inspired to make a quilt until I came across the rag version.
I really fell in love with the shades of green, pops of yellow and brown and the overall composition. Such a simple process and simple fabric choices create a fun, and warm quilt.
I have quite a few tops to finish up on the long arm, but when I get caught up, I can see another rag quilt in my future.
I recently had the opportunity to make a non-traditional baby rag quilt. The lady that commissioned this quilt had a set of parameters to meet the design style of the mother – Shabby Chic.
You would think that fabric shopping for a small baby quilt would be a breeze. I found this not to be the case. The rules were, no baby themes, no obvious patterns and everything in white, grey and tan. This is not as easy to find as one may think. White and grey – OK, that works. unfortunately, the shabby chic patterns in flannel were not as easy to come up with. I did find two patterns and two solids that played quite well together.
After some random placement,I found that these fabrics played very well together and provided the look that the client wanted. After being put all together, there was something lacking – the shabby part!
Unfortunately, it was at this very moment that the heating element decided to go out on my dryer. YIKES! The problem stemmed from a clogged vent pipe. It was time to call a technician.
The technician installed a new heating element and the pipe was cleaned. I could now get down to the job of creating shabbiness.
The real trick to this process is washing in cold water and drying with 5 tennis balls! Each subsequent washing will make this quilt softer and softer.
The Finished Product
The final result was a cute and shabby chic quilt that any baby will love!
There are many ways to applique, but making an applique banner is great fun. Applique is not just for quitting.
As many of you know, I am a frequent fixture at renaissance fairs. At our home fair of Scarborough each spring you will find me walking in parade holding the banner of a favorite vendor. This year, I am promoting French Braids by Twisted Sisters. This group of lovely ladies do an amazing job. Not only are their braids super pretty and last a long time, but they help keep those of us with long hair a lot cooler on a hot day!
When I first started walking in parade this year, I would carry my friend Anne (a mannequin head with beautiful braids). The problem was that there was no way to give credit to this specific shop. While I announced their name and location, that was not very efficient.
I needed a banner!
Eventually, I decided that we needed a banner. To do this, I took a picture of their sign and considered my design options.
Because I love to interact with the crowd, I was cautious not to make something cumbersome and finally settled on a simple hand-held design that had a lot of visual impact.
Not only does this sign play well at a distance, it was also the perfect size to display in the booth when not doing it’s duty on the parade route. And, if you haven’t noticed already – it is the perfect color for Queen Selesti to carry.
I am so happy with the final product and now Anne can remain at her station in the booth!