Saturday, January 25, 2014

Hoppy Baby Quilt

My nephew and his beautiful wife are expecting their first baby.  Teri is also a quilter, so I hoped she would appreciate a quilt from Baby Mack's Great Aunt.  They are waiting until the birth to discover the baby's sex.  I'm secretly hoping for a girl, but I'm also happy it may be a boy, another McAuliffe, to keep our family name going into the next generation.  So, when the invitation for the shower came, I wanted to make a quilt that could be used for either gender.  I had won a Fat Quarter collection from Benartex, so I picked that, plus the pattern "Hole in the Wall" by Quilt In A Day, to make a bright, fun, quilt.  I picked red solid for the sashing, and needed one more FQ for the blocks.  I picked up the blue and green wave design, the solid and the minkee backing from JoAnn's.

The collection, called Tree Frogs, by Kanvas is really fun.  One print has a variety of sweet and fun tree frogs in different colors.  I fussy cut the frogs to star in the center of each block, and used additional fussy cuts to feature different frogs in the cornerstones.  Two prints featured X and flower shapes on either black or white.  Another was a graphic black on white, and the remaining prints were graphic designs in yellow, green and orange.  I picked the red for sashing, which would pick up the red in the frogs and flower prints, and hopefully be suitable for either a boy or a girl.  It's bright and fun.

So, how does one quilt a Frog quilt??  Because of the minkee backing (it stretches and also has a nap) I wanted a fairly simple design that would be fun, but not a basic stipple.  What to do??  Wait for inspiration. This came in the blog by Cynthia Brunz designs, a fellow seller on Etsy.  She posted some ideas in this blog post,
and I saw the Line of Swirls pattern, and thought they could maybe pass for lily pads.  So, I used a great variegated Aurifil thread, 3817, in 50wt Mako Cotton for the top, and used 2250, the perfect red, in the bobbin.  Have I mentioned I love Aurifil?  No issues with the quilting.  Warm & White cotton batting was used, too.

Just for fun, I started piecing the quilt on my vintage Singer 15-91, a machine from 1954.  I wonder if the person who built this machine ever thought it would be working 60 years from then, or sewing such a modern designed fabric.

I need to get another photo in daylight, but here are the pictures for now.

The back was a bit smoother before I washed it, but I love the soft minkee, and how the swirls look.

Note this!! I didn't prewash the polyester minkee.  I DID test the red Legacy solid from JoAnn, and didn't think it would bleed, but I think it did.  I added 3 Shout Color Catcher sheets to the wash.  For some reason, the top had lots of lint on it.  I wanted to make it look better, so washed the quilt, and I'm glad I did.  These are the color catchers after washing. 

I'm so glad that I know the quilt should probably not run again, but I'll tell Teri tomorrow.   I put a label on the back, but need to fill out the baby's name after he or she comes, hopefully in early March.  

And I won't be buying Legacy solids from JoAnn's again.  I'm going to stick with Kona or Bella from Moda. 

Adding a new picture taken Sunday, before the shower, in daylight.  

Next up, hearts.


Astrid said...

A beautiful and colorful quilt for a little boy or girl. I'm sure it will be loved. Sorry about the running, never fun! Have a great day!

Christine said...

The quilting looks great. It came out really nice and I hope Terri (and her mom) really like it and appreciate all the hard work you put into it. I am glad you washed it with the color catchers.

Sues said...

Adorable baby quilt!!! Sorry about the colors running...but thanks for the heads up on those fabrics. I usually stick with Kona too.

Love the frog fabric...who makes it and who is the designer? I am always on the lookout for frog fabrics for my pillows!

DownHome Designs said...

Great job, ME, the back looks so soft and comfy! Thank goodness for color catchers!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful quilt and I have started using the color catchers all the time too. Love your 15-91......I have 3 of them and use them for piecing and quilting all the time!