The first time I joined in the Flickr-based 3x6 Sampler Quilt Bee, I asked for blocks from my fellow sewists in pink, purple, and rainbow colors, featuring novelty prints or other fabrics with images that would make a little girl happy. I planned to make an I Spy quilt for my granddaughter, Poppy.
|White background, color background,|
circle, square, x-shape,
images of animals, sweet, and toys...
how best to arrange them?!
Over a few rounds of the bee, I received many colorful and charming blocks, and I made a few myself, too. As the collection grew to make a bed-size quilt, I wondered how I would quilt it on my little sewing machine. After perusing many techniques on several blogs, I came up with my own idea. I tried to share it in this post, where I gained enormous admiration for bloggers who regularly share wonderfully organized, explained, and photographed tutorials!
|Lining up the sashing as I add another section of the quilt top|
to an already quilted section.
|Ready to Frankenstein some batting between these layers |
of quilt top and backing, abutting an already quilted section.
(Just call me Igor)
My plan worked beautifully, and I explored quilting each block with its own, unique design. Swirls, loops, straight lines and curvy lines, cross-hatching and meandering, flowers and vines and feathers... I tried it all, I enjoyed it all, and I'm pretty proud of all of it, too!
Poppy received her quilt in the mail, and was very pleased with it! She sleeps under it every night, and when she noticed that many of the blocks have designs in the shape of Xs and Os, I told her they mean she's sleeping under hugs and kisses.
This is my only bed-size quilt so far... There are so many patterns and ideas I want to try, I don't know when I'll commit to a big one again!
Best wishes to all my fellow bloggers who are showing a quilt project on Amy's linky party! Your creations are wonderfully inspiring, thank you for sharing!
Quilt Measurements: 72"x94"
Special Techniques Used: Modified Quilt-As-You-Go
Quilted by: Me, on my small, domestic machine
Best Category: Group or Bee Quilt, Bed Quilt
If you'd like to vote for this on BQF, this is entry # 626