Sunday, March 09, 2008

First Quilt

As promised, here are the finished object photos of my first quilt. The quilt called Just Can't Cut It from All Washed Up was made as the class project for the ABC beginning quilt class at Sowing Sisters in Carlsbad. It was a bit of a drive to get there for my Wednesday night classes but fortunately my office allowed me to work a slightly different schedule (6 am to 3 pm - ouch!) on class nights. But it was all worth it:

Quilt - Completed first quilt

As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts on this project, the little pastel dots from the Moda Monkey'N Round line by Erin Michael served as my inspiration, but inspiration quickly shifted when I found that lovely bright floral (which I've managed to cut off every trace of the manufacturers information from my leftover scraps). I also used the green and blue dots from the Katie Jump Rope retro collection from Denyse Schmidt as an accent block as well as my backing. This made for some real fun trying to line up my dots for the back seam. (Note to self: use solids or semisolids for backing!)

Quilt - close up of binding

I used both the dots and the striped binding (from Amy Butler's Belle line) to provide a balance to the predominance of the florals on the front. And I am really pleased with the result.

As for the quilting, I wanted to provide a close up of the stitching lines I followed for inside the large blocks and the outer border:

Quilt - close up of stitching

Again, the viney lines were a nice contrast to the more ridged ones surrounding each of the pieced blocks and around the inner border.

I also knew that the quilt was a winner in our house once it got Jenny's approval. As soon as it hit the grass for the photos, it was all B could do to keep her off of it...and eventually, he lost:

Jenny and Quilt

Thanks for indulging me in this quilting diversion...I promise next up - more knitting!

12 comments:

Ruinwen said...

What a lovely spring quilt! You really should be proud of how great it turned out! :)

Theresa said...

That came out so well. What a great class that must have been!

Nonnahs said...

So cute and cheery! Way to go!

marisa said...

Beautiful job! It looks fantastic.

LizKnits said...

that quilt is beautiful... you did a fantastic job!

Melissa said...

That turned out fabulous! It looks like you had fun with the quilting too. I think the small quilt was a good choice. I'm regretting jumping into a queen size quilt for my first one. The quilting is a royal PITA without having a longarm.

Ichun said...

I just saw a photo of you and your quilt on the Sowing Sisters blog and came over here to get the full story. Just lovely. Nice colors, nice pattern. I love using stripes for binding. Great work!

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

It looks great! The perfect place for little Jenny to hang out!

~RaenWa~ said...

That is a great quilt I cant believe its your first one it came out wonderful great job

mle said...

Congrats on finishing a quilt! that is quite an accomplishment! I've been working on one and I'm totally stalled out on doing the binding...which is the most simple thing. I LOVE the blue and green dots fabric.

Hilari said...

Great job! Would love to see more!!

Jennifer said...

It's gorgeous!