Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Voltage baby quilt

Voltage baby quilt

Finished!  The idea for this quilt was hatched when I made a Voltage machine paper pieced runner as a part of the Penny Sampler class.   These dramatic zigs and zags are pretty awesome, no?  I couldn't get the idea of a mixed-up voltage quilt off my mind, so when a good friend said she had a baby boy on the way, it was a done deal. 

lovin Ed Emberley's alligators

I used all the fun, boy-ish novelty prints I had on hand like these super chill Ed Emberley alligators.  Any gator that gives bluebirds a ride can be my friend.

Voltage baby quilt


I found that this block style really, really needs high contrast fabrics to translate at distances.  You can see the lower left block doesn't at all read like a bolt of lightning from here since the two fabrics used have the same value.  That's cool though, since variations like that can make a quilt more interesting, right?  There's always a good excuse for how things come out when it comes to quilting!

Laurie Wisbrun trucks!

Fitting the half blocks with the full blocks required some random fabric strips.  I like the way it adds more chaos to the design.  I purposely used all print fabrics to keep things visually lively.  Yep, this is not a low-stimulation quilt.  You've been warned, Laurie.

zigzag quilting, worth it?

For quilting I did some HUGE zigzags in the same voltage shape, with echo quilting getting progressively farther apart.  I'm not actually sure it was worth it.   The zigzag quilting doesn't read at all from the front with all those busy prints and even on the back the eye gets lost.  I think I would have needed to make the zigzags smaller so that they would translate better, but that would mean more turning of the quilt.   If I was doing over, I'd just do diagonal straight lines or free motion quilting.

bound and bound for CA

For the back, I pieced together some Denyse Schmidt Florence pieces on hand (available here and in Canada), which just happen to have that blue/green color scheme with black and white.  Because apparently I do black in baby quilts.   Hm.

Definitely a fun sew!  I'm considering writing a stand-alone pattern for this to add to my pattern shop.  It would be suitable for those new to machine paper piecing.  If anyone is interested, let me know!

24 comments:

  1. Absolutely adorable...and yes the black works. Fun animals...I can see a kiddo being intrigued by them even as they get older.

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  2. this is an awesome design. I like black in baby quilts and all quilts actually - it definitely seems like a color most people (especially "modern") shy away from.

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  3. it's absolutely great! I love how energetic it is :-D

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  4. I adore this. And the zig-zags look a bit like alligator mouths, so the fabric is perfect!

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  5. oh!!! I have a lot of this shape triangle cut which I did many months ago for another quilt like that value quilt along. I was a bit ambivalent about it though. This might be just the ticket.

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    1. Yes, that reminds me! You pointed out the 1 x 2 triangle shape which first got me thinking about what it could do. Thanks!

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  6. gorgeous!!! This is such a fantastic baby boy quilt with all the fun colors, patterns, and the lightning bolts, too. Perfect!

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  7. It's a striking quilt! No pun was intended but hey, it works.

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  8. this is such a fabulous design! It's so bold!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  9. They say babies need high-contrast stimulation while their eyesight develops - that's why lots of baby toys are black and white and red. This quilt will give that baby a leg up! Lucky thing!

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  10. It's a fantastic quilt! The design is fabulous and if you make a pattern....I'm waiting in line,

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  11. This quilt is awesome! I would be really interested in a pattern :)

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  12. I love this quilt! I would totally be interested in a pattern!!

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  13. I love this quilt! I would totally be interested in a pattern!!

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  14. Oh, I love this quilt!!! I can think of a couple of little boys I know that would love it too!

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  15. What a fabulous quilt! Beautiful work!

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  16. i think the quilting looks great from the back, so maybe it was worthwhile after all. =) it's a great boy quilt!

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  17. Really very cool. Love it!
    I would be interested in this pattern!

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  18. Very fun quilt. What a neat design idea!

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  19. It is really fun and happy. I'm sure the new baby will love it.

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  20. Ohh yes please write a pattern! It is just so darn cute!!

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  21. I love this one! It would be fun for superhero fans for sure! Very nice!

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