Friday, June 29, 2012

Simply Stacked v. 2

Thanks so much for your thoughts on my little fling quilt!  I'm feeling so indecisive, but I expect to take action on that little guy this weekend.  Sometimes you just don't know until you have to know.  That seems to be the case here.  I'd really like to free motion quilt it, but my new Pfaff sewing machine may refuse.  (Yep, there is trouble in sewing machine paradise.  Tension trouble, probably stemming from the auto tension feature, which used to work beautifully but now is failing at straight stitch.  And my old machine doesn't like to free motion, so we'll see....)

Simply Stacked *boy*

Anyhoo, today I have a new quilt top finished!  It's the boy version of Simple Stacked, which is a companion to the girl version I shared exactly a month ago.

Neutrals + aqua, teal, orange

The backing for both twin-sized bed quilts is on it's way to my house, so I'll be in full on quilting mode next week.  Gosh, that's three quilts in the queue?  So much to quilt sounds totally overwhelming!  Breathe, breathe.

Simply Stacked coin quilt

Both of these stacked coin quilts are gifts for a family I love whose little boy and girl share a room.   The boy quilt is Neutrals (with a capital "N") plus aqua, teal and all shades of orange.  I popped in some Summersville, Happy Drawing, natural linen and various Kona solids like Papaya and my constant favorite, Everglade.

12 rows for a twin quilt

This was a great project to take along, since the 60" long strips are sewn independently.  When I had 12 strips pieced, I trimmed them down to 8.5" wide and sewed them together to create a 60" x 96" quilt.  It's an easy quilt!  The only thing to watch for is that your fabrics are nicely scattered across the quilt, especially the dark values which grab the most attention.

now the quilting...

Alright, now I"m going to put my thinking cap on about how to quilt these Simply Stacked quilts.  The first step in that direction is to ask my Pfaff if it is up to free motion quilting.  I'm going to pull out a practice quilt sandwich right now.  Wish me luck!

18 comments:

  1. Goodluck.
    The quilt top looks great.

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  2. Oh you're way ahead of me! I haven't touched my triangles at all this week. Yours looks great!

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  3. Oh wow, I LOVE the colors you chose! The muted colors with the bits of brights mixed in here and there, it's awesome. I really kind of want a quilt like this for myself, hehe. :)

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  4. These quilts are going to be so lovely! I knew you'd finish quickly! I hope your machine will behave, so you can get these done!

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    1. Thanks for the wishes! Fortunately, my machine seems capable... but I have settled on a straight line design after all. Ironic!

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  5. Love this! Its adorable and looks like it was fun to make... I so need a fun/easy project!

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  6. That sounds like a lot of quilting to be doing! Good luck! Promise it some new needles =D

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  7. We should have done some free motion quilting together! Now I'm excited to see what you do, however when I see this quilt I think some straight line quilting would be perfection!! :)

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  8. ah . . . the dreaded tension. I feel your pain. I think I'd actually like free motion quilting if my tension was never an issue. Good luck.

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  9. Good luck with the quilting Rachel, I can't wait to see it quilted! It looks awesome already, I'm curious to see what you'll come up with!

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  10. Good luck with the quilting, hope your machine behaves!

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  11. looks beautiful! I'm sure the boy and girl that the quilts are going to will be thrilled!

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  12. oh, man, I just love this quilt top~! this is my favorite kind of quilting - no precise points, etc. just fun!! love the combinations, too!

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  13. I love this style of quilt, it looks great!

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  14. so so pretty rachel! it is perfect!

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  15. I just read a post by Comfortstitching about her Pfaff machine on quilting. She was having a problem with stitching and found a button on her machine that fixed her problem. Maybe it's similar to your machine and situation. I don't know but thought I would pass the post along to you....

    http://comfortstitching.typepad.co.uk/comfortstitching/2012/07/who-knew.html#tp

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  16. oh my! i love this so much! what do you do with all your lovely quilts? do you sell any of them? i love quilts, but i don't seem to be in a life season that makes quilting a probably hobby...

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