Saturday, February 4, 2017

Wintermint Snowflakes baby quilt

Wintermint Snowflakes baby quilt

Our winter this year is rather fickle, with 70 degree sunny days alternating with 40 degree weather.  The south may be confused, but I'm pretty sure it's still winter.  Well, I'm making my own snow this year - minty, sparkly, patchwork snow!

Wintermint Snowflakes baby quilt

My Wintermint Snowflakes is a baby quilt about 40" square.  I thought it would be nice to try The Warm Company's new 100% cotton, low loft batting called 100 Warm.  It has the same feel as my staple batting, Warm & Natural.  In fact, they feel so similar that I'll be able to mix those batting scraps in my next quilt-as-you-go project.  Of course, the difference is that 100 Warm has no synthetic fibers for stabilization.  Instead it is the only batting I know of with a 100% cotton scrim.

Wintermint Snowflakes baby quilt

I chose to hand tie this quilt with thick, cream Aurifil thread.  There are 9 ties per block and 3 knots per tie, which figures to, let's see... 432 knots!  I wanted to tie the quilt to keep it soft and supple, but as an added benefit tying made the finishing process quite portable.  This week, while baby Rora was drifting off to sleep, I'd often be sitting just out of her eyesight, tying this quilt.

Wintermint Snowflakes baby quilt

And the finish!  Silver and gold snowflakes in a wintry mint sky.  This snowflake block design is one of many sweet blocks from The Penny Sampler.  Those sewing along with the sampler this year will find the snowflake in Section 2: Precise Piecing. 

Wintermint Snowflakes baby quilt

My mint fabrics include solids and text, snowflakes and herringbone most all from Fat Quarter Shop.  I have some leftover Netorioius in Cloud and Netorious in Goldilocks to glitz up some other project too.

Wintermint Snowflakes baby quilt

For the back I used a large piece of Jade Labyrinth by Anna Maria Horner and three scraps from the quilt top along the bottom.

Wintermint Snowflakes baby quilt

So the back sports snowflakes and rain drops too!  Bound in silvery Netorious and listed in my shop this evening.

It's such a treat to get to bring creative fantasies like this quilt to life.  Thank you for sharing this space with me and making such things possible!

xo,

Rachel


14 comments:

  1. I love it. Everything about it. I still have a question about the tying: how big is the risk of a toddler successfully unraveling the tying of the quilt. I am asking because I would like to tie a Baby quilt too. I have tied one quilt until now (using the kind of knots that are used in surgery) and was absolutely unable to unravel one single knot.

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    1. I would be quite shocked if a toddler could untie knots made of small thread, like these. Maybe big chunky yarn knots? But not these. Like you said, I couldn't untie them myself!

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  2. Such a beautiful quilt . I have never tied a quilt

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  3. What a beautiful snowflake quilt. Love the mint and gold together.

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  4. This turned out beautifully. I can almost feel the snow starting to fall.

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  5. You have made me a minty green fan! This turned out beautiful...

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  6. nice very time really flies xxoo

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  7. Our weather has been the same. Today it is 76. The daffodils are blooming and the frogs are singing. And tonight it is suppose to be 32. :O
    Oh well, it will be hot soon enough so I'll enjoy the cold or cool temps while they last ;)

    I love the snowflakes all cozy in mint! I haven't tied a quilt before but the idea of it adding to the softness sounds lovely. Do you think it would be a good option for the Penny Sam?

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