Friday, May 30, 2008

And another one gone ...

summer small quilt partial shadeTwo down!

This small quilt follows the exact same pattern as this one. The squares begin as 5" and include quite a few Freshcut fabrics by Heather Bailey, some Amy Butler prints, some of the Chez Moi prints, and a few others blended in. Lots of pinks, greens, and browns. The cream fabric is simple unbleached muslin.
summer small quilt detail
Making the top was nice and easy. I could even say that playing with such pretty fabrics was relaxing. It really was.

Quilting it was not. I had thought, initially, that I could do each of the nine-square sections with free-motion quilting. Small areas ... wouldn't be too hard, right? Tried that ... ripped it all out. Then I thought I'd do each of the nine squares around the outside and in the center with free-motion quilting. Even smaller areas, wouldn't be hard at all, right? summer small quilt detailTried that, ripped it all out. By this point I was near tears and telling Jason that I couldn't believe no one ever bothered to tell me I couldn't sew worth a crap ... I mean really, why did I have to be the last to find out?

I finally opted to go with something much more familiar and stitched 1/4" from the ditch in all the nine-section squares and the nine outside patterned squares, using a pretty green thread. The cream sections are stitched with a decorative stitch down the center that also is sewn through the outside squares. The inner cream sections also have some straight stitching through them, all done with a cream thread. Much, much better result than the free motion-stitching, and I'd even stopped swearing by the time I finished.
summer small quilt
The backside is two pieces of Freshcut fabrics stitched together.
summer small quilt backside
The binding is a coordinating pink on pink. I was asked how I do the binding. I just follow this tutorial. It does require hand-stitching the binding, but that's one of my favorite parts of making a quilt and can be done almost anywhere ... the park, a regatta, waiting forever at the doctor's office.

The quilt measures about 40" by 40". The colors are dreamy to me ... I want to curl up and take a nap when I see it (well, I usually want to do that anyway, but even more so when I see the quilt).

This little one is Etsy bound within the next few days and would love to find a good home. In fact, I've got quite a few little quilts listed on Etsy that need good, new homes (less than subtle hint).


  1. Such a beautiful quilt! I love it. I was looking over at your shop and I saw your brown & pink butterfly quilt. Definitely had to heart that one. It's beautiful! Sadly I don't have a little girl to give it to. :)

  2. It is lovely. Sorry to hear about all the ripping. That can be so frustrating, but it looks to me all was good in the end!

  3. Oh - bummer about the quilting! It looks beautiful! I know how you feel about quilting with beautiful fabrics!

  4. This quilt is beautiful! I love to make quilt tops but whenever I try to quilt them I get so frustrated I want to quit or spend $20,000 on a long arm machine. I love your stuff in your Etsy shop. Very cute.

  5. I love this quilt! I also love your honesty about the frustrations of sewing. Makes me feel "less crazy" LOL.

    Keep them coming, ok? I can't wait to see what project is next...