Monday, May 9, 2011

Summer Citrus Baby Quilt

This quilt top has been a WIP in my closet for a while now. I made it as a prototype for the Pure Baby Boy quilt I designed for Moda Bakeshop last summer. It was made with scraps and varies slightly from the design I eventually settled on.
I had plans at the time to hand quilt this, but obviously that didn't happen. :) Like many of you, I have so many quilts I would love to make and not a lot of time. Hand quilting just wasn't practical for this one, so luckily I came across a design I thought would add some interest to the negative space. I first got the idea from a quilt Alissa showed at a guild meeting. I was reminded of it by the circular quilting on Malka's quilt on Sew Mama Sew.
Alissa generously explained her quilting method for this type of spiral/circular quilting. I followed it, as well as I could recall. First, I traced a small circle on the quilt top. I used my walking foot to quilt this line, and then used the edge of the foot as a guide to continue spiraling outward. I finished the inside of the circle, with all those tight curves, with a darning foot.
It is backed with my favorite Meadowsweet print, by Sandi Henderson. This baby quilt finished at 34 x 38 after washing and drying.

7 comments:

moshie said...

the quilting on that is beautiful!

Vicki said...

Gorgeous. I'm going to try that spiral quilting someday. :)

felicity said...

The quilting is beautiful - what a fresh and lovely quilt!

LynCC said...

oooo, love that circling! I'll have to try it on something, too. Thanks for passing on the tips on how to do it. And I adore the colors in this quilt.

Nikki said...

You never fail to impress! :)

twin fibers said...

It's gorgeous! I really like the circular quilting, too.

Anonymous said...

Do you think it would be possible to do this with minky as a backing? Or would the tight circles just not work with Minky?