Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Clashy Bright baby quilt

You know what's really fun?

merry go rounds are so much fun!

a merry go round at the lake.

Seriously, that's awesome.  Also fun...

Clashy Bright baby quilt (in its element)

photographing a Clashy Bright quilt on a merry go round at the lake.

Hmm.... what about photographing a Clashy Bright quilt on a merry go round at the lake while spinning?

Nah, I didn't try that.

finished!  Clashy Bright baby quilt

I wonder what you see when you look at this quilt?  I guess it's kind of like a snowball block, but in my imagination those white diamonds are tiny flashing jewels.  I used my smallest white or almost-white triangle scraps (mostly from making mitered binding) to create wonky diamonds.  I'm really pleased with how the diamonds look placed just in the center of the quilt, not at the edges.  Details, details.

Clashy Bright baby quilt

Mmm... I like this one so much with its clashy, happy colors and flash of black and brave new world quilting.  This one's going to have to find a special home.  Turns out there are babies on the way with lots of my friends.  Girl anyone?

Dimple Dot backing

Hey, guess what, I finally tried minky again!  Many moons ago I made a minky rag quilt and swore off the minky for good.  It was such a snowy mess to work with!  But still I kept the fabric leftovers in my cabinet all this time.... You know how that goes.  So this time I wanted a quilt back that would contrast with all that color and the white dimple dot was just wide enough.  Taking my own "trying" advice, I gave it another go.

And I love it. Love it.  LOVE IT.  Must-Buy-More-for-Baby-Quilt-Backing kind of love it.  If you haven't touched this stuff it is so, so, soooo soft.  Everyone has to pet it.  And it comes in colors.  Swoon.   I think I had blocked all that out because it was such a mess to work with, but that was because I was fringing it for a rag quilt.  Yeah, don't do that.  As a backing - no mess and heavenly!

bound in Lizzy House jewels

Ahem, to move on.  I bound the clashy bright goodness in light pink Lizzy House jewels, which make a darn good binding if I do say so myself, and called it a day.

A Happy Day.  Same to you!

36 comments:

  1. That is so cute/pretty! I like what you did with the white corner/wonky diamonds--great effect. And I agree, minky should never be used if it must be cut up into many pieces, but it is a wonderful quilt back for baby quilts :-).

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    1. Thanks, Kate! And I forgot to mention that when quilting the minky I didn't notice any problems with extra lint in my machine. I did have to reduce the tension though. No big deal!

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  2. Totally random... but where is a merry go round around Lake M? I haven't seen one in years, would like to take the grands.

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    1. Well this was at the Woodman of the World private lake site. We were invited by some friends. Also, fyi, you are now a no-reply commenter, Susan. Not sure that you were before so thought I'd mention it.

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  3. OMG you save the little triangles from making binding?

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    1. Shows I'm certified crazy ;) I just can't pass them up since they're all the same size...

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  4. Too cute. I have seen that Minky stuff but never knew how to work it into my quilting. Love the idea of the backing!

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  5. so pretty! all those brights are making me so happy right now. and your quilting is fabulous.

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  6. This came together beautifully. I love the small corners. It's a wonderful proportion for a snowball style quilt. Also love the choice of truncating the outer edges. I think that was a stroke of genius.

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  7. Hi Maureen,

    I absolutely LOVE this quilt and must make one!! What is the size of the block and did you use batting? Thanks very much! Carol Broughton - carolNn427@aol.com

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    1. The block size is 7" and I did use batting. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I really love this Rachel! You've made me want to try Minky!

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  9. Love it! All the bright fabrics but the repetitiveness of the pattern makes it work. Thanks for showing us!

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  10. Gorgeous, oh my it is GORgeous :)

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  11. I love it! Especially the way your quilt design strings through each of the squares. To be honest I never really understood the appeal of minky... it just looks so fake to me most of the time. But I do like the way the white version looks. Perhaps I'll have to reconsider. :)

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  12. Glad you gave minky another try, there's so many cute prints! And great baby quilt, you seem to make anything play together beautifully (any advice for a puppy and kitten?).

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    1. Oh, man, last time I had a puppy I also had a 2-year-old. Not a good combo, let me tell ya....

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  13. oh I like this one a lot Rach! Makes me want to try that minky :)

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  14. I've had good success with minky, especially the dotty/dimple stuff. I love the simple lines of your quilt. I may just have to try something like it. thanks for the inspiration.

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  15. Oh wow! When I saw the snowball design I loved it but then I noticed how the perimeter does not have the triangles. It looks like the snowballs are surrounded by gum drops! How very fun and satisfying. I'm so glad you returned to the minky. This quilt definitely shows you taking risks and reaping the rewards.

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  16. Love this! Are you going to do a tutorial or make it part of a class?

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  17. Hey, how DO you read my mind ;) Yes, this one might end up in my class planned for Feb of next year.

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  18. Sweet baby quilt. While I like the feel of minky, I won't use it again. Such a mess.
    I finished up the top of a snowball quilt recently ~ 280 something 4" squares. Crazy me but it turned out really nice. Now to quilt it!

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  19. I love this, Rachel! The diamonds just in the center are a really nice touch. Nice job on the quilting too!

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  20. great quilt! love the bright fabrics and the contrasting white. i haven't tried minky and probably won't because i'm not a big fan of synthetic fabrics. people seem to love it though--maybe i should give it a try on a small project.

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  21. Are you pinning the heck out of the layer before quilting? I've worked with minky just a few times, but it was such a stretchy, wonky mess I swore it off for good! I'm SO IMPRESSED that you QUILTED on it!

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    1. Actually, I spray basted as per usual. I love my 505 spray!

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  22. Good for you and Minky to boot! I'm in love with your big flower quilting. I hope to be brave enough to try it soon.

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  23. Is that good old Lake Murray I see in the background fo the kids playing??? Hope all is well with you and your family. Love your quilt. I so miss running and walking over the bridge. We were in Irmo last week checking out the house in Milford. We use is as a rental property.

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  24. Awww I would have liked to have seen the attempts at photographing it while the merry-go-round was spinning. That could have been interesting. Anyhoo congrats on a lovely finish. I'm sure whomever gets to love it will cherish it forever.

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    1. Haha, thanks for humoring me, Michele. When I wrote the post I definitely wished I had thought to try the spinning version ;)

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  26. Really love this. Colours are fab. I've been thinking about quilting minky but haven't been brave enough, I find it very stretchy when I use it as backing for baby blankets.

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  27. Oh I love this one! What a good way to use up those teensy scraps... I have quite a few myself, and I love how you put them together in this quilt!

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