Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pixie Churns baby quilt

Pixie Churns baby quilt

This wee little baby quilt (35" square) is a mass of color and silky softness, made with scraps of Anna Maria Horner voile.  In the making, I confess to have doubted that all this saturated color was going to work on small scale... but that was viewed on my black work table.  As soon as I dropped the quilt top on the floor, the warm honey hues made it sing.  Isn't it amazing how much one color effects another?  Sometimes it's all about context.

loopy quilting

I designed this Pixie Churns baby quilt for the Precise Piecing portion of the Penny Sampler class, a part of the class when we'll focus on honing our ability to sew small, often traditional blocks with accuracy.  We're working all the way down to 3" finished churns in this project!

color. color.

It's a great one for a collection of special scraps leftover from a pet project.   I'm glad my patchwork curtain scraps found a forever home so quickly!  And, yes, pairing the muslin with the voile seemed to work quite nicely.

Pixie Churns baby quilt

I quilted with loopy free motion quilting traveling in rows across the work.  Loopy rows were my first success with free motion quilting.  I totally recommend it for getting your feet wet.  You have to start somewhere to make progress!   Working on a baby quilt is a great choice, since it'll be so easy to maneuver.

backed in Willow Vine and Leaf

A yard of Willow Vine and Leaf from Shelburne Falls for backing and Kona Oyster for binding, finished us off.  Even with a quilting cotton backing, this quilt has a lovely drape.  I just hope it'll be durable too!

Pixie Churns for the Penny Sampler class

Registration for the Penny Sampler class opens on July 22nd, about a month away.  I'll be dropping in project previews throughout the next few weeks as I finish them up.   Hmm.... so how about tomorrow I sketch out the class design so you can start seeing how all this fits together?  Yes, let's!  See you then!!

p.s. You can find a nice selection of Anna Maria Horner voiles at these shops:  Pink Chalk Fabrics, Fabricworm, and Lark Cottons


36 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! So very lively and cheerful.:)

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  2. I am in love with this little quilt even more now that it's finished!! The random placement of the churns is perfect!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! I love working with different scale blocks. Keeps things interesting!

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  3. you know I'll be signing up!

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  4. It turned out so cute. Love the backing too.

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  5. The quilt is adorable. I like your new pic too! :)

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  6. Rachel this is stunning! Both you and Jodi from Tickle and Hide are so inspiring with the way that you put colour together. I really need to try this instead of making everything matchy matchy. I especially love the variance in sizes of churn dash.

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  7. Another lovely quilt - just a question how do you attach your binding, or do you just use a fancy stitch to top stitch it down?

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    1. I attach my binding from the front first. Then, wrap it around to the back and pin. Then, sew a zigzag stitch from the top over the original binding seam, catching the back at the same time. I have a tutorial here: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2011/11/zigzag-binding-tutorial.html It's a very low-stress way to go about it. And, quick and secure!

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  8. Beautiful! And I can't wait for your class. My mother in law offered to buy it as my birthday gift way back in April (she is just waiting for the bill!)

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  9. Love the fabrics (of course!) and varied scale of the churn dashes! Sweet, sweet quilt.

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  10. Rachel,
    I love the little quilt (I'm playing with churn dash blocks currently)...love the ethereal curtains, and the mauve?? wall color with the aqua quilt shelf. It's all so bright, peaceful and happy looking...and really like your new picture too. Well done, lady!

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  11. I love this! I hope you are keeping it for yourself. You're going to persuade me to buy some voiles yet. I keep hearing how slick they are to work with, but you're making some really lovely precise things with them.

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    1. Thanks, Laura! That reminds me - I meant to share that I had no trouble spray basting this at all. Used my big red 505 can and it worked nicely!

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  12. this is gorgeous! i love churn dash blocks. they are one of my absolute favorites. and the colors really do sing. :) and i can't wait for the penny sampler class.

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  13. oooh, it turned out absolutely gorgeous.

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  14. absolutely lovely! a wonderful texture for a baby, too :)

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  15. i love this, rachel. it feels so original. i love the backing, too! i have that fabric, but in blue, sitting on my sewing table right now.
    beautifully done!

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  16. Hey, hey, new photo! Is that your Alabama Chanin dress?
    The quilt is just adorable - love the oyster binding.
    I will have to give the loopy lines a try when I finally get around to FMQing with my new machine. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Thanks on the photo, Kristy! It's actually a tank I designed for Handstitched class last year =) I still haven't finished my Alabama Chanin dress. Tsk, tsk.

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  17. So nice result, really cute baby quilt :) J.

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  18. Such a sweet quilt ~ love all the fabrics and colors you used. Really like your new profile photo!

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  19. Pretty! I bet it is so super soft.

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  20. So pretty! I've had my heart set on making a church dash quilt, and love the different sizes of these and how they fit together. :)

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  21. Joyful and triumphant!!
    I've not gotten passed the loopy fmq yet!!

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  22. You are making it harder and harder to resist the Penny Sampler class. :)

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  23. I really love this idea of reversing the block and using the print as the background and the solid as the main fabric. Your churn dashes are so adorable!

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  24. this quilt is so beautiful. i wouldn't have thought of pairing voile with muslin, but it makes sense after you say it.

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  25. You inspired me to order some AMH scrap bags from her website. They're buy one get one free right now!

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  26. It is a little beauty! Great piecing and quilting!!

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  27. oh, this little quilt is absolutely gorgeous. Love all the pretty colors, plus it looks so very soft and cuddly.

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  28. I love this quilt! I'm working on a churn dash project of my own. Even though the block is the same the effect is so different! I love that about quilting!

    Spolgarquilts.wordpress.com

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