Friday, September 14, 2012

Scattered Gems

Happy Friday!  I can't help but feel like I'm starting the weekend right with a finished quilt.  (Ok, I kind of cheated since this is the smallest one of them all, but still.)  Behold, Scattered Gems...

Scattered Gems for Faith circle

"Where did this come from?" you wonder.  Mostly, not from me.  My friends in the Faith circle followed my lead to make Gemstone blocks from my tutorial.  I asked for a random assortment of sizes, which I then collaged together into this 45" square-ish baby quilt, to be gifted to a local pregnancy crisis center.

I had some leftover medium-loft wool batting (not my favorite - I much prefer Warm & Natural!) that was just the right size for this particular quilt.  After trying that free motion quilting idea on a practice sandwich I decided it was easy enough, but not entirely suited to the sharp lines of the gemstone blocks.  So, I opted to accentuate the blocks' construction by quilting along the seam lines with a zig-zag stitch.

I kinda like the puff...

I like the effect on the scattered gems, but certainly did not anticipate the poof.  The POOF!  There is serious fluff going on here.  And this is not even high-loft batting!  Good thing I was using a zigzag stitch (ace at preventing puckers), because I think the 505 basting spray was not much of a match for medium loft batting.  Even when my walking foot was engaged (which was about half of the time - oops).

zigzag quilting on medium loft

Ok, so you may think this looks silly, old-fashioned, whatever, but I'm going to confess that I like the poof on this particular quilt.  The fresh white fluffiness seems innocent and inviting.  I'd totally use this as a baby's floor quilt.  Um, so long as baby can lift her head clear of the poof....

back of Scattered Gems

Now I've just to blindstitch the do. Good Stitches tag on this here back and she'll be off and running.  Thanks Faith circle ladies for joining with me to make another quilted blessing!

27 comments:

  1. Cute quilt. The blocks are so fun I want to make some myself and of course I love the colors!

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  2. I like the poof too - it looks so comfortable!

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  3. The poof makes it look cozy! And I love the colors!!

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  4. I think it looks great! I have always used Warm and Natural, and I love it, but this makes me want to go for poof:-)

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  5. Since you recently worked a craft fair, I'd like to see what you think about this:
    http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2012/09/the-white-tents-credibility-context-does-matter.html

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    1. What an interesting article! I think whether value is diminished or not depends on the show. The Indie Craft Parade didn't seem to diminish to me. The show is juried, air conditioned, in a lovely old brick building and many people sell $100+ items. So, I would say it's best to visit the show yourself before deciding to show there to see how the atmosphere feels as a shopper.

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  6. Those are really fun blocks. I like the way you arranged them and how they're all different sizes. Very inspiring!

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  7. oh, that's so funny. Just 2 days ago I made a baby quilt using a poly batting, which I've never used before, and the quilt got so puffy, I wasn't sure whether to like it or be horrified by it. I think I'll choose to look at it as something fun, it's for a baby afterall, and just like you said, will be great as a floor quilt. Yours turned out really cute.

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  8. i love the poof. it looks so great!

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  9. I love! Where do you get the wool batting? Online source?

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  10. The quilt looks so cool! The poofiness is great it makes you want to dive onto it! =D

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  11. I love this. It's very scrummy.

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  12. I actually really like the poof! It takes a really modern looking design and makes it more home-y. (not homely!) Beautiful colors, as always.

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  13. I agree, I like the poof! It makes me think of one of those lofty cool-to-the-touch duvets. Soooooo snugly and always a cool place to put your cheeks :)

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    1. Yes, exactly! I totally want to put my face on this quilt!

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  14. Love it! And agree with Meg - looks "cool to the touch". And I want to make these blocks now, too!

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  15. that poof does seem to give it an extra snuggly apeal, perfect for Baby :) the back is a fabulous as the front! :)

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  16. I think the pouf is perfect for a baby quilt. It's so warm and inviting, you just want to snuggle with it. I love super thin batting for bed quilts - especially king size, it's a cardio workout to fold them otherwise - but something this size it's perfect. And any oldness is totally offset by the fabulous modern blocks.

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  17. Is there something wrong with poof? I love poof and if it weren't for summer weather I would always use poofy batting. I had a puff quilt growing up now that I think of it... Maybe that's were I get my love of poof.
    And those colors are beautiful. Gemstones is a great name for so much sparkle.

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    1. Thanks so much, Amanda. I haven't seen many (any?) "modern" quilters using medium/high loft batting. Maybe it's time to change that?

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  18. You always do such a nice job pulling all our blocks together!

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  19. I know this is my second entry but I just had to tell you that I saw this tutorial and fell in love with the blocks and ordered 2yards of flax linen and then couldn't remember where I saw it. So I made a plea on my blog and I was so sure it was somebody British that had made this. But it wasn't it was YOU!! So today I have made an entry on my blog admitting it was you and sending anybody who is foolish enough to read my blog to your blog to find the tutorial. I have given her (my reader) a direct link to your tutorial. Thank you so much. Love Patti xxx

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    1. Oh, Patti - what a funny story! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to hop over to your blog now to see =)

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  20. You know I have to agree with you. On this particular quilt, the poof really does work. It came out looking so lovely. Someone will love it soon :D

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