Friday, December 6, 2013

"Colour Block" Baby Quilt


A reminder again that "life happens when you're making other plans" and, as my yoga teacher keeps reminding us in class, "Don't become too rigid and unbendable in your routines that you can't let the moment carry you to new places." So, with that in mind, when a new baby arrives in the family, it takes priority and all else will just patiently wait it's turn. I started this baby quilt this week, and am hoping for completion next week.

These four finished rows of blocks will be placed in the upper half of the quilt.

When I made the "Flights of Fancy" baby quilt (see post of Jan.11/12), I had hoped to make several quilts at the same time. Now, 2 years later, I am finally getting to quilt #2. Still committed to using mostly fabrics from my stash, I am able to make this entire quilt without a trip to the quilt shop. (Once I quit patting myself on the back, I'll get back to work!)

Pulled from the stash.

These blocks had been cut at 3 1/4" square for the previous quilt, so I needed to trim them down to 3" squares.

Using Sally Collin's book "Mastering Precision Piecing" as inspiration, I was reminded that precision should never be sacrificed for speed. Accuracy and consistency in cutting and stitching are the two major contributing factors in a quality product, and in her book she outlines a number of ways to achieve these every time. And slowing down and using the proper tools and aids is a great place to start.    

Sewing the white sashing to the coloured block.
The 1/4" seam allowance is much easier to keep precise with a piece of tape on the machine as a guide. The patchwork foot helps as well, however, I have found that even a minute difference in the placement of the presser foot onto the fabric can effect the measurement after an entire row is stitched together. The masking tape helps keep this placement accurate.

The finished blocks were not perfect, but pretty good.

Another tool to improve accuracy and to help keep the quilt square, is the walking foot.

The bottom row was stitched using the 1/4" presser foot. Not happy with the result, I switched to my walking foot for the other rows (see top row). What a difference it made! I love my walking foot.

The top is now completely pieced and the quilting lines are marked. I hope to sandwich it today and machine quilt next week. (It's got to be in the mail by the end of next week.) Yikes!

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  1. Yikes is right! You have quite a bit left to go but it will be adorable once finished. .

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    1. Well, it's Friday evening in these parts and the quilt is sandwiched an basted. We hit the Bernina runway Monday AM. Wish me luck!

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  3. It looks great so far. I think you'll be busy this weekend!

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    1. You're right about that Monica. After a very restless night, I decided that the backing (that I had just finished basting to the quilt), is all wrong. So... on to another backing this weekend. We will perservere!

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  4. Love the colors of the baby quilt...so bright and cheery! You sure are making it quickly! Good luck finishing up in a timely fashion. I also LOVE my walking foot. It's amazing what a difference it makes. Happy Holidays!

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    1. It's Monday night and between laundry and groceries, 1/3 of the machine quilting got done. (Once again, the walking foot came through in spades!) Tomorrow is an NB Day (No Bernina Day), so Wednesday is the next day free for quilting. Hmmm.... . I may have to rely on UPS for a timely delivery. Still have not given up on my goal! Thanks for checking in.

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  5. This is so sweet..I love the bright colors against the white

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    1. I like bright colours for kids as well; so cheery. Thanks Marjorie.

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  6. That looks so fun as a baby quilt. Looking forward to seeing more of it!

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    1. Hi M-R and thanks for checking in. Well, it's Wednesday evening and the quilt is together, other then the binding. By Friday evening, it's got to be in the post. Will post updates early next week.

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  7. Delightful line-up of colors. Lucky baby! Just LUV'd your calibri--exquisite design and stitching. The white on white makes it so elegant and distinctive. Gorgeous.
    Wishing you a happy holiday season from a sunnier clime!
    best from Tunisia,
    nadia

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    1. Hello Nadia from Tunisia. How lovely that you stopped by my blog. Thanks also for your generous comments. There will be more boutis coming in the new year.

      Enjoy your Christmas in Tunisia. Having spent a few Christmases in Montpellier, France, I understand how lovely a warm, sunny Christmas can be. Enjoy the season.

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