Posts tagged #swirls quilting

Finished: 3 Dudes Baby Quilt

I got the idea for this quilt from the 3 Dudes Quilt tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I followed the same basic procedure that they used, but I started with 5 strips in my blocks instead of four.  I also made my strip sets using half strips so that I got more variety in my fabric combinations.

I love the movement in this quilt.  It reminds me of looking into a kaleidoscope.  I'm thinking I will pull this pattern out again someday.  40 strips made the quilt finish at about 54 inches square.  That's just about right for a baby to grow into.  

I quilted it with all-over free motion swirls on my longarm.  Swirly designs are by far my favorite.  I love the texture and movement they add to any quilt.

For the back of the quilt, I used a soft blue minky with sea animals.  I really enjoy the weight and feel of minky.  I also appreciate how well it shows off the quilting.

I bound this one completely by machine.  To secure the binding, I used tiny free motion loops.  The added bit of whimsy is perfect for a child's quilt.

The quilt has already made it to Cincinnati where it is keeping a brand new baby girl nice and warm.  Quilts make wonderful hugs for the people you love, especially when they're far away.

Free Motion Bliss

It is a wonderful, sunny day in Montana.  Angel started out the day napping in the sun on my quilt in progress.  Both cats agree - their favorite quilt is whichever one I'm currently working on, even when it's full of pins.  I don't see how that can possibly be comfortable.

The quilt of the day is a jelly roll race quilt that I started a couple of years ago.  I pieced the center as part of a race at a guild sewing day, then set it aside.  My guild's annual UFO challenge was just the motivation I needed to pull it back out.  UFO stands for Un-Finished Object.  The goal of the challenge is to pull out an old project that has fallen by the wayside and finish it.  Last month, I got the borders and backing taken care of.  Now, I'm on to the best part - free motion quilting.

I decided to do straight lines in the blue strips, and swirls all around them.  Straight lines aren't my favorite to quilt, but they do provide great contrast when set next to designs with curves.  I got the lines out of the way last Sunday, so today I get to enjoy filling in around them.  This is the first time that I have tried combining swirls with little patches of pebbles, and I'm really liking the effect of the two together.