Saturday, May 21, 2011

Modern Sliced Scrappy quilt for do.Good Stitches

Done! I know I've shown this quilt top to you many times, but I'm back now with the finished quilt!

do. Good Stitches Peace Circle
Each member of the Peace Circle made two blocks using their own scraps an Elizabeth's tutorial. I put them together and quilted it using double random straight lines. Now, I have to say that I did a lot of thinking and research before I starting quilting. I know, that kind of goes against the whole random thing, but I tend to overthink (are the lines too random? not random enough? do I need more? etc.). I spent a lot of time looking at Ashley's quilts before starting, but I'm happy with the result. And my sewing machine was much more agreeable to the straight line thing this time.

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I love all of the little details in this quilt, and I know the recipient will too.

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I thought about using the leftover stripes from my Bottled Rainbows as binding, but I decided it might be a bit too much (not so much from the front but the back is a bit...busy. Stay tuned.). SO instead I went with this black-and-white polka dot from my stash. I tried machine stitching the binding for the first time! I love stitching binding by hand, and that will always be my default, but stitching it by machine is handy when you're in a hurry. I used this great tutorial from Emily at Mommy's Naptime--she presses the binding fabric in place instead of using pins (yay!). It worked very well, and I'll definitely use this method again.

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I used white for my top thread and black in the bobbin so it would blend into the binding a little better. Looks pretty good!

do. Good Stitches Back
For the back, I used this fun blue houndstooth print from Summer Soiree by Paula Prass. Mainly because I have a lot of it, but also because it looks fun. I added a little rainbow strip bordered by some Kona Coal.

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I didn't have the right solids for all of the rainbow colors, so I used some prints too. (This is a particularly busy quilting intersection!)

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Here it is--all ready to send off to My Very Own Blanket! It's an organization that provides quilts for children in foster care.

Thanks to Michelle, Lisa, Paula, Melissa, Allie, Meg, Naomi, Tanya, and Laura!

19 comments:

Sarah Craig said...

Beautiful, Katie! I know that's going to make some child very happy, and give them something of their very own to take to their foster home! Good work!!

felicity said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. Congrats on the finish!

emedoodle said...

Beautiful!!! Great work all around! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh this looks wonderful,
Allie

Manda said...

Beautiful! Love the random quilting lines!

CityHouseStudio said...

Love it, Katie!
What a fun quilt - love the binding choice, and the quilting is wonderful!

Irina said...

I love it! and the random straight lines for the quilting too. great work!

Elizabeth D. said...

Katie, this looks amazing, what a great job!!! Glad to hear Emily's tute worked out for you on the machine binding, too. Yay!!

Robin said...

love the not so random quilting lines. another beautiful quilt.

Melissa said...

This turned out so well! I'm going to have to try out that machine binding tutorial too.

Paula said...

Gorgeous!!! Love to see the finished quilt - great job on putting it all together

Laura said...

Katie, it is wonderful! You did a great job of planning and finishing it off. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

traceyjay said...

so cute Katie! What a great quilt you've all put together... (and love the back too)...
;-*

audreypawdrey said...

It is so pretty! I love the back-that houndstooth is wonderful.

Lisa Ann said...

The quilt came out lovely! I love your choice in quilting, the random lines look great! I hope I can come up with something equally as nice for the back of mine, too. Great job!

**nicke... said...

i love it! it is perfect! i used ashley's quilts as a guidepost when i was finishing my last quilt up. i think it looks go great and i wish i was getting it!

Edamommy said...

What a wonderful thing - I'm sure some little one will love that!!!

Melissa @ We Shall Sew said...

Your machine binding looks fabulous! The first time I did it, the binding looked (to me) like something the dog would roll in. :-/ I'm going to keep working on it, though, because as you say, it's nice to have in your hip pocket for a quick bind.
My do.Good Stitches month (Faith circle) is August, so I'm researching blocks (and recipients) now. I love all the inspiration out there, though, so I might just follow your lead and do this one. :)

Jeremyelxa said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. Congrats on the finish!