Friday, November 8, 2013

Remy's Quilt

We are trying to start a new tradition in our guild where new babies get quilts made by our guild members. One of our newer members, Carissa, just had a baby boy on Halloween, so I can finally share the quilt I helped organize for her. 


Remy's Quilt

I always have to put some thought into group quilts - the designs need to accommodate different skill levels (and I'm usually the lowest common denominator anyway) and different people's stashes. I also find it helpful to choose a block where if seam allowances vary it won't through the entire quilt off. 


For Carissa's baby Remy's quilt, I choose a "magic" flying geese block as one that would come together quickly for people me, and decided on a random placement, similar to our guild member Carla's quilt. I gave people a basic color scheme of oranges and blues, and I added a few greens in there myself (I'll explain why below).


Remy's Quilt

The quilt came together quickly, and despite not really planning that well, I only had to do one inset seam to complete the top. Score!



Remy's Quilt

After I'd already come up with the color scheme for the quilt, I realized that I had some green minky fabric that I'd originally purchased for another baby quilt that just didn't work out (one of the few times I've had the problem of purchasing fabric online that was a totally different color than on the computer screen). So I added a few green geese to the mix and used the backing on this quilt!



Remy's Quilt 

I've never sewn minky before, so I did a lot of research before quilting with it. In the end, I just spray basted as normal and everything was fine (although it's very linty - definitely clean out under your needle plate after using it). I used a walking foot to straight line quilt and it went fine. Perhaps it would have been trickier with free motion quilting.



Remy's Quilt

In my minky research, I found this quilt tutorial with instructions on how to bind using the backing. I love that the edges have the same plush feel as the back, and I'm sure this never would have worked with traditional binding methods given the bulk of the minky. 


Remy's Quilt

So this quilt is with sweet little Remy now and I have it on good authority that he is using it well. Thanks to my guild members who helped with this one!


Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts. Also, if you've made it this far, check out my giveaway of a couple sewing/quilting books.

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  2. This is really beautiful, Heather. I'm glad you posted it since I didn't get to see it in "real life". Who doesn't love flying geese? So, it's great to have a group make them. Thanks for posting all the tips and links about the minky as well. This is something I haven't done yet, but I can see using in my future. When you quilted this, did you sew with the minky up or down? I assume down so that you could see the lines of your pieces on the top?

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  3. Heather, this turned out absolutely gorgeous!!! I think you picked the perfect design and I am sure it will be put to good use.

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  4. Love this quilt! Great design and colors.
    Amanda

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  5. Love the colors! Great quilt!

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  6. Heather, I love this quilt. I am bonkers for flying geese and especially love an eclectic layout like this!! The minky is perfect and it is very cool to have the softness on the edges, too!

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  7. I have been loving flying more lately than ever this is a great baby quilt! Love minky on the back of a quilt!

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  8. What a great finish! I did a t-shirt quilt for my husband last year and used the striped minky for the back. I chickened out of quilting it and tied it since the t-shirt material was pretty heavy. It turned out fine too and so warm.

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  9. Ah, it turned out so well! I had been wanting to try flying geese, so I was happy for the opportunity. The layout is great! I really want to make myself one of these!

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  10. Love it!! Great job to your guild members.

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  11. Heather, you did a great job organizing this and putting it together. I confess, I love minky for babies. I spray baste with it too and aside from all the lint, I've never had a problem quilting with it. I think that using it to self bind was brilliant too! So soft for babies.

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  12. I love using something soft on the back of my quilts when I can. I like the binding tip too. You're so right that traditional binding would have been difficult. I tried that once...never again! I'm sure this will become a much loved quilt for the little one. Nice job!

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  13. What a fabulous baby quilt........so gorgeous. I love how the fabric colours dance with the background fabric. Great combination. I am sure the Mom loved it!!!

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  14. Oh it looks great! Great job!!

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