Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Scrappy Stars baby quilt

It was flying a bit close to the wire, but I did get that quilt done in time for the shower!

cheeky backside

6" finished stars made entirely from scraps.  So satisfying, but not incredibly fast to work up into a quilt!  I did use the wonky star piecing approach so that I didn't have to cut or measure any of the triangle star points. 

Timeless Treasures Cuddle Fox

Look what I found for the backing.   It's a cuddly "softie" print by Timeless Treasures, who actually has a whole softie collection of prints.   They kindly obliged my request to send some this way.  And then I petted it and promptly quilted it...

Continuous eight again

once again with the continuous eight.

Continuous eight, how I love thee. Let me count the ways...
  • It's fast.  This is the fastest way for me to quilt.  Faster than straight lines.  Faster than, well anything else I can do!
  • It's secure.  All those crossing loops add extra durability!
  • It's gender neutral.  It's not flowers!  
  • It's classic.  The continuous eight looks like something that's been around.  It reminds me of stippling, but seems more elegant?
  • It works in rows.  I appreciate the orderly nature of rows, so I never wonder where to go next!
Anyways, I can see why Denyse Schmidt had almost all her quilts in her latest book quilted in this style.

 all finished!

Scrappy Stars baby quilt

So glad my friend wanted a "not boy" quilt for her baby boy.  I enjoyed pulling all kinds of colors from my scraps, creating a milieu that's boy-friendly, but diverse. 

Timeless Treasures Cuddle Fox

I'm thinking her baby will just be glad for the minky!

bound in Comma Periods!

Bound in Comma Periods.  Ready to be loved, dragged and cuddled to pieces. 

Enjoy, baby Jude!

scrap love

64 comments:

  1. Love love love everything about this. Do you mark when you quilt in continuous eights? Can't wait to try that!

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    1. I don't mark, but I do figure out how I can find 6" wide rows. In this case the blocks were 6" finished, so that was easy! My eights are about 5.5" wide, so fitting easily in 6" rows. As I've gotten better I've tried to make my loops evenly spaced and matching up row to row. I didn't use to try to match them! With this particular quilt, I used seam lines on the star blocks to keep my loops evenly spaced. No marking!

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  2. Such a cute blanket. Might have to practise the figure 8 - I've just finished a big wonky start quilt that I'm struggling with quilting inspiration for!

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  3. What a beautiful baby quilt! I love the foxy minkie backing. Looks like a quilt that will quickly become the little one's "blankie" and will be loved for a lifetime. Gorgeous work!

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  4. Another lovely little quilt Rachel. How big were the background squares for your stars?

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    1. The background squares were cut to 2.5" so that the stars finish at 6" square.

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    2. I love how the points are so far away from the edges of the blocks. Such a sturdy looking 'blankie' too!!! Nicely done Rachel!
      Kate

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  5. Wow, that's a great quilt and an amazing gift! I love the minky foxes :)

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  6. I love it! You're right about figure 8s- more elegant. Would you recommend it to a first-timer? (ahem, me).

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    1. Yes, if you do it small. Try a 3-4" wide row to get started as its easier to make smaller FMQ patterns.

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  7. Love this quilt, that minky is so cute and the continuous 8 is fab! I think I will have to try it :)

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  8. Hi Rachel! This is gorgeus! I love your Fabrics and stars are always stars! The foxy minky is Super cute! x Teje

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  9. The stars in so many diverse colors are GREAT! Love the backing too! Lucky boy!

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  10. Adorable quilt! And milieu is a word that is just not used enough nowadays, it made me smile.

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  11. Is it hard to attach the binding with a cuddle backing?

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    1. Nope, no trouble with that. I did have to loosen my tension to keep my quilting from skipping stitches.

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  12. Oh that's a lovely quilt. Big fan of the colours. Weirdly though I was sort of hoping the first picture was the quilt - it's a very attractive back! Imagine a quilt like that with a noughts & crosses grid, dark & light design. Mmmm! Anyway, I was going to ask if you had any advice to impart on the figure 8 quilting, and specifically (assuming you're FMQing it) how you keep your stitch length even and loops so similarly sized? Thanks.

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    1. Thanks, Katie! The stitch length keeping even is just something that comes with practice (and with a machine that doesn't cramp (literally!) your style). The eights are by no means perfect. The imperfections tend to be hard to see in pictures, for some reason. As I've gotten better at this style of quilting I've tried to make my loops evenly spaced and matching up row to row. I didn't use to try to match them! With this particular quilt, I used seam lines on the star blocks to keep my loops evenly spaced. So, I would recommend this quilt for practicing the continuous eight. I'll make a note to perhaps do a tutorial on it sometime!

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  13. I love the scrappiness of this quilt. Sometimes I think scrap quilts give off a bigger "love me, snuggle me" vibe than more planned quilts. This one is sure to get lots of snuggle time! xoxo

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    1. I think there's something to what you said. It's like scrap quilts imply that it's ok to use them more than other quilts!

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  14. How cute! I love the feel of those plusher fabrics, but always wonder if I'll be able to baste it securely enough for quilting. What method did you use for basting?
    BTW, I also love the look of the figure 8 quilting. :) I'm going to give that a try on a project soon.

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    1. I used spray baste - the only thing I do nowadays =)

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  15. So lovely and the quilting is so nice! I love the foxes!

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  16. it turned out wonderfully! that's one lucky friend and baby. =)

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  17. That's really lovely. I've never quilted in eights. Must try it. It looks fabulous.

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  18. Oh I love this!! Thank you for the inspiration :)

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  19. This is so beautiful! Can I ask a silly question? I am a relatively beginner quilter - I've made about five or six. I love the look of scrappy quilts but I don't know what the best way is to build up a collection of fabric. Do you just buy fabric for intended projects, and then use the leftovers when making scrap quilts? Or do you just buy small amounts of fabric as you find ones you like and then built quilts around your collection of fabric? Does that question make sense??!

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    1. Hello there! There are many ways to find yourself in fabric scraps. You can actually buy scrap packs from some stores, like Pink Chalk and Sew Love Fabrics. Personally, I make a ton of scraps when I sew. I do buy fabrics just because I like them, thus creating a "stash" of fabrics from which to select when I'm sewing. I like to buy 1/2 yards when I do buy fabrics, as that is a useful amount. You can build variety even quicker if you buy fat quarters. I save almost all my scraps, to the insane degree, and keep them organized by color. When I get to sew with scraps, it pays off!!!

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    2. Thanks so much! That's very helpful!

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  20. What a gorgeous quilt - it all goes together so beautifully. I'm a new reader of your blog and haven't commented before but I have loved looking through your archives and seeing all the wonderful things you have sewn - thank you for helping to re-inspire me to sew and quilt after a long spell in knitting-land!

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  21. What a wonderful baby quilt! Congratulations on a sweet finish. The family will love it.

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  22. I love this!!! The minky back is just the icing on the cake. And, best of all, I am going to try out the figure 8 quilting!!! Thanks for sharing:)

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  23. Love the scrappy feel of this little quilt! He's sure handsome!

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  24. This is such an adorable baby quilt! I love the idea of minky on the back, actually I have a quilt ready to quilt with a beautiful piece of aqua minky to back it up! My dilemma is that I don't know if I should also put batting in it or just the minky! Any suggestions?

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    1. I used batting and the minky. I think you could go without, if you preferred. It would just make the quilt lighter...

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  25. Fun quilt, and I like that it's a "not boy" boy quilt :)

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  26. Love how it turned out! It will be cuddled to pieces, I'm sure!

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  27. Beautiful. I'm sure it will be well loved.

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  28. wow, I absolutely LOVE this quilt. So adorable!

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  29. Wow I love the colours and the way you have placed them. Also the backing fabric.

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  30. Looking at the back of your quilt, it looks like you don't trim away the background fabric under the star points. Is that right? If so, would you recommend not trimming? Any problems with quilting/sewing through the extra layer? Because I would be so excited to skip the trimming!

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    1. Hi, Kristy! I don't trim the star background, as you noticed. It saves times and I like that it gives a raised feeling to the stars. I did have some problems free motion quilting across those areas, but I figured out how to increase my foot pedal pressure and decrease stitch tension so that I did not have trouble with skipped stitches. I have not had trouble quilting over slightly thick quilt sections before, so I wonder if it was the minky OR if I just have not done enough FMQ to know this would be a problem.

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  31. This turned out really pretty, in a boy way of course :) I'll have to try out the continuous 8 quilting.

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  32. That is the perfect bright and fun 'not boy' quilt!

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  33. This is really fun, and I love the backing fabric. After I saw the figure 8 quilting on one of your other quilts I gave it a try and promptly had to rip out all of the stitches because it was a total disaster, I guess I need more practice!

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  34. Stunning! I haven't tried the figure 8 but it is good to know how quick and easy it is.

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  35. What a lovely quilt and I love the backing, quilting cotton can be so hard, not cuddly at all.

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  36. this is an absolute favourite :-) What a great baby boy quilt :-)

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  37. I really like the ode to eight! I am chomping at the bit to make a small baby charity quilt and that seems to be just the right place to take a risk with new quilting. Thank you for such a persuasive list of reasons to try it.

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  38. What a gorgeous quilt! I'm sure that little one will be dragging it everywhere for a long, long time!

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  39. lovely lovely quilt!! the cuddle on the back must make it so super soft. I want one for me. ;)

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  40. so, so adorable. I love that minky, and your quilting, well I love it all. Lucky baby.

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  41. can't go wrong with the simple stars, simple colors, simple quilting. It all adds up to a beautiful finish! makes me want to make a baby quilt!

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  42. Rachel, your friend is lucky woman!! The quilt is sooo nice!! I love the choice of fabrics, the minky is so cute - very nice print! and the result... great! Really very very nice :)
    Jolana

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  43. Such a gorgeous quilt... Have you ever talked about when you should press to the side and when you should press your seams open? Just wondering because most quilt block instructions seem to always tell you to press to the side, but I've noticed that a lot of your stuff has the seams pressed open.

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  44. Awesome quilt and quilting.Your friend will be delighted!

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  45. Just lovely! Do you still put the wadding in when you use a minky backing?

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  46. I was wondering the same thing as Serena. I still use batting with minky, but I just got some fleece from Fabricworm and was considering quilting top-to-fleece with nothing in between. It was expensive, so I'm afraid to try without hearing more from those who've quilted with nothing in between. By the way, there's one blue star with pear bracelets in it that suggested a moon when I glanced at it; I loved it. The whole quilt is stunning!

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  47. This is wonderful and I love that backing also!

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  48. It is a cheerful quilt and I'm a fan of all the little stars.

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