Saturday, July 26, 2014

Riley Blake baby quilt

The first finish of my Q3 Finish-Along Challenge list: as well as a link to Crazy Mom Quilt's Finish It Friday and Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday - welcome everyone!

Made a couple of months ago from a layer cake of Riley Blake fabric, in lovely softly-muted colours of pink, lemon, mint and grey; I layered the 10" squares in sets of similar colours and made half cuts until I had five different-sized squares...I then took one of each fabric in each size to create each block before sewing them together in columns of the same tones...




This week I free-motion quilted across the blocks with a loose loopy meander, throwing in the odd four-leaf clover at random times as well as into at least one of the smallest squares in each block, plus putting a larger flower into some of the largest rectangles now and then.



For the border I just repeated the large flowers and the loops all the way around. The binding is a Tilda fabric.

On the back there is a pale yellow, soft and cuddly flannel....my lovely workmate Lucy is awaiting the birth of a grand-daughter in Canada and this quilt will be winging its way over there shortly.  


And while taking the photos in the bedroom I realised that I don't think I've ever taken a photo of the appliqué pillow I made back in about 2004...
Monday: have tonight created a machine-embroidered label for the quilt, first time I have tried this...I didn't want to write on the quilt with a dark black marking pen as I didn't want the black to be so stark against the lemon flannel...
...the double heart next to 2014 was an oops (I thought I had programmed the machine to stop after the final heart but no, it started to repeat the whole line again!)

20 comments:

  1. A beautiful baby quilt! Great job.

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    1. Thanks Beth, I have really loved working with the softer tones.

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  2. Beautiful! Love the free-motion quilting. And to think it will come all the way to Canada :).

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    1. Thank you, I didn't want to quilt it too closely and make it too stiff, so I am pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. This is so soft and pretty and delightful! ... :) Pat

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    1. Thank you, it was very soothing to my soul to work on it!

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  4. Your baby quilt looks so soft and inviting with the lovely pastels and the flower quilting is just right!

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    1. Thanks, I am still quite a beginner when it comes to FMQ, so a baby quilt was a good-sized project to practice with; have a good week!

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  5. Neat! I like those muted colors. Congrats of completing one goal already!

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    1. Thanks for visiting - I had been holding onto that layer cake for a couple of years so it was nice to finally use it!

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  6. Congratulations on your Q3 finish and I'm sure the baby will love it.

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    1. Hi Lisa, I am certainly finding the Q3 to be a good motivator - now, if only I could stop coming up with new projects (they are all getting added to the Q4 list!)

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  7. I love the flowery quilting, a beautiful quilt. It looks like it cant't wait to welcome and cuddle a little baby girl.
    The pillow is gorgeous.

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    1. Hi, thanks for stopping by; I didn''t have a recipient in mind when I started it, but then remembered my colleague's news so offered it to her; I love knowing it's going to "a good home". Have a good week!

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  8. Love the border on the quilt and the embroidered label is just fab! I always think embroidered labels look so much more in keeping with a quilt than markers :) I bet she'll love it!

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    1. I agree with you totally! I was thrilled with my label and have saved the pattern on my machine for future quilts - I am so glad I treated myself to a better machine last year!

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  9. So beautiful! I love that quilting design. I'm sure it will be well loved by its little recipient.

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comments - I definitely know that Nana was thrilled with it!

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  10. What gorgeous quilting! It looks so good! The Tilda fabric is the perfect binding too. Her fabric is too hard to find here in the US. But her bird fabrics are the prettiest ever!

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    1. Thanks for your comments - I was so pleased it all turned out so beautifully. My LQS has a good range of the Tilda but this is the first time I've used something from Tilda - such subtle colours. Have a good week!

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