It's Friday again, and I have finishes! These two sweet little baby quilts were made entirely from my scraps. It's such a rewarding feeling to make use of some of those scraps. I'll tell you what else is really rewarding about baby quilts: speed! There's nothing to help you get your quilting groove back like whipping out a quilt in a day.
|Photo from White Sands National Monument, NM.|
I decided to try out spiral quilting, a new-to-me technique, on this little top since the size made it manageable. I used a light pink thread and a fairly tight spiral and I have to say, I love the result! In fact, I am already in the process of spiral quilting a larger quilt now.
|The pieced-pieces in the lower right and middle left are remnants from my Dino quilt|
|I thought the circle in the middle of the quilting looked empty so I embroidered a little flower in it.|
I was expecting problems with wrinkling or distortion but none ever emerged. Just a couple of cautionary remarks about spiral quilting: 1) It takes a long time and a lot of thread, relative to the size of quilt you're doing. I think this tiny quilt used 5 or 6 bobbins. And 2) make sure that you spiral clockwise, other wise you'll end up pushing more and more bulk through the throat of your machine with every round, rather than less.
I have to give a shout out to Rachael from The Floral Suitcase. I won her drawing during the Sew Mama Sew Giveaways and she sent me a charm pack and a ton of the best scraps, all the way from Ireland!! Several of her scraps made appearances in these two quilts and I adore the fabrics she sent. Thanks Rachael!
For the backing I used some of my precious, large scale Tula Pink fabric from the Plume line. I found a bolt of it on sale at a quilt shop in California. It was marked down because it had faded some, but I can't tell the difference! I stocked up on it for little girl quilts.
I am generally NOT a pink kind of a girl, but I love these swirly swans and the soft pink works so perfectly for a baby girl quilt. I bound the Pink Lemonade quilt in a pretty pink weave fabric and it will being going off soon to a sweet couple expecting their first baby in the fall.
I also made this baby boy quilt from my scraps after seeing all the modern herringbone quilts popping up around blogland. It measures about 36" square and is backed with a soft, dark blue flannel. Every fabric in the quilt top, including the muslin, was cut from my scraps piles.
|Photo from White Sands National Monument, NM|
I quilted this one with sort of an overlapping zig-zag in a variegated blue-green thread. So far this quilt isn't assigned to anyone, so it will be added to my emergency baby-quilt stash. I wrote a basic tutorial for this top, too, which you can read here if you'd like to make your own.
Linking up to Amanda Jean's Finish it Friday. Have a wonderful weekend!