Showing posts with label Medallion Quilt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Medallion Quilt. Show all posts

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Fox Baby Quilt

Gosh, I commenced writing this post on the 6th of July... Looks like I really was not in the mood for blogging much. As this project has not progressed any further - yet - I might as well pick up here to continue writing. So what happened? I moved city - only with two suitcases and without sewing material mind you - to start a new job. Well that does cut down on sewing time available.  =)



On July 12th the most exciting thing happened. My nephew was born. And isn't he the cutest five-and-a-half months old baby by now. Which is why I need to get a move on with this baby quilt auntie had started making for him. The quilt top is long finished now on for the backing and quilting part.



I chose these fabulous selection of green and oranges to start with and build a bit of red in just for variety. The key fabric are these fabulous foxes that are just super cute and fun to fussy cut.




Since I discovered, by the way of working on one during the Rakish Needle Round Robin, that I actually like modern medallion quilts, I immensly enjoyed thinking up round after round of the little square baby quilt.



And being big on coherence always, I kept it simple but clever with the colour scheme. I ran out of that Kona 'Wasabi' at one point and had to bring another similar green. The two solids work well adding depth. And have you noticed the clever use of orange on white, green on white and red on white bits? Easy way to add interest while keeping it very cohesive.



I just noticed that this is not the final shot of the finished quilt top. There is one more round after this one. Ah well, lets save that shot for another blog post when I show you the finished quilt.

What else have I been sewing? Pillowcases galore and burp cloths for the baby and a book cover and just now, because I am also really, REALLY late with the round robin quilt, I am working on my last round robin contribution. I am improvising away. It will be good.

I wish a happy new year to all and everyone.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Thicket Fabric Baby Quilt ... continued


Puppilalla, Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, Baby Quilt, modern Patchwork, Embroidery, HST, Wonky Stars


Time is flying isn’t it? Currently, my little tiny flat is all about Christmas. I have fairy lights and twinkling decoration in gold and silver, a decorated Christmas wreath that I have bound myself and a tree too is up and fully decked out in gorgeous baubles. Just before Christmas took my apartment over I managed to complete the ‘Thicket’ fabric baby quilt top. I am in love with it. It is very easy to love though - fun pop colours, cute animal prints and striking contrasts achieved through colour blocking. This is a quilt everyone gets at first sight. 

When I look at the ‘Static Interference’ baby quilt I made before this one, the matter looks differently. ‘Static Interference’ with its low contrasts in wintry cool subtle colours and an abstract pattern is an acquired taste. It has I spy with my little eye elements but you have to spent some time with it before you find the fun. This is the great thing about sewing – that every project looks different.

Puppilalla, Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, Baby Quilt, modern Patchwork, Embroidery, HST, Wonky Stars



OK, enough of these musings. When I last wrote about this quilt, I had just about completed all the low volume parts and stitched them together to form the centre. Subsequently, I pieced all the wonky stars for the outer border for which I used up all of my yellow triangle scraps (Yeah!) and had to cut even more. I wanted to but could not for my life think of a way to smuggle in the very last strips of that dark blue ‘Joel Dewberry’ print that I used in the centre ‘Stellar Flare’ block. Therefore, I left it at the paler blue triangles (scraps again, Yeah!), which I also used in the centre, even though you cannot see that on the pictures as the amount used therein really is miniscule. I have used the dark blue strips instead in a few scrappy strip blocks that I made to make a pillow cover.

Puppilalla, Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, Baby Quilt, modern Patchwork, Embroidery, HST, Wonky Stars


In the quilt top, I framed all the geometric elements in white because similar to the animals in the centre everything else should appear to be floating too. The ‘Flying Geese’ blocks used to finish the blue triangle strips at either end really add interest and help breaking up the border a bit.

Puppilalla, Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, Baby Quilt, modern Patchwork, Embroidery, HST, Wonky Stars


It might be a tenuous association but to me the quilt top looks a little Native Northern Americans inspired - like a little totem quilt in pink and white. That might just be me though. I can hear you think by the way – yes, this is an awfully big amount of white in a quilt that will be drooled, leaked and dribbled all over by a baby. I declare that a problem for the parents. It shall be handed over in pristine condition and everything after that is out of my hands – ha ha.


Puppilalla, Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, Baby Quilt, modern Patchwork, Embroidery, HST, Wonky Stars




But seriously, I like how nicely the pink frames the centre and how engaging the quilt top looks. It currently measures 47 x 47 inches. To me it was important that the animals have breathing space and did not get smothered or boxed in. Once it is done this will be the biggest baby quilt I have made to-date. 

Puppilalla, Stash Pull, Color scheme, Fabric bundle



I have already pieced the back with more pink and orange. The quilt label is done too so I should really buckle down to build the quilt sandwich, baste it and get quilting. (Confession - my machine is really not up to quilting anything so I am putting doing it off.)


Puppilalla, Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, Baby Quilt, modern Patchwork, Embroidery, HST, Wonky Stars


I will do it once Christmas is out of the way. Pinky swear.

Happy Christmas / Holidays everyone