Wednesday, January 09, 2013

the quilt that led to all the thumb twiddling

Stack and Whack baby quilt

Spicy's sister is having a baby so it was time to make a new quilt. I chose a Lizzy House fox fabric (top of the stack) that would serve as my focus and pulled coordinating fabrics from the stash for the top. I ended up with yellows, greens, greys, and browns, plus kona snow for the neutral. Several of my fabrics came from the stash stack club. Those basics really come in handy. I didn't want too much white on a baby quilt, so I cut 2 blocks of snow and one of each print and varied the pieces randomly rather than making every other wedge white.

I used my own dimensions and layout but my quilt is similar to this one. I had never tried the stack and whack method before but i really like it. i can see how it would be useful for all sorts of improv-ish blocks. The top was really easy and fast to put together. the only problem i had was keeping the orientation of the pieces straight. i stitched a few of them together the wrong way but it all worked out in the end.

for the back, i used the fox fabric and added a piece of natural undyed linen. I also used a half yard of shot cotton. it's sort of an olive color with dark blue threads running through it. This quilt is fairly large for a baby quilt. of course i've forgotten the exact dimensions but it's along the lines of 44x52 or so.

The quilting is a flame-ish stipple, similar to the orange block. I used aurifil thread 50-wt in white. I did not have any difficulties quilting, but after i finished I noticed that my machine started to act up. it speeds up and slows down whenever it wants so i took it in last night to get it checked out. fingers crossed that it's nothing serious.

The binding was pulled from the brown bundle and cut on the bias. i handstitched it to the back of the quilt.

Stack and Whack baby quilt

I think this type of block has great potential for a larger quilt. I'd like to revisit it someday.

Being without a sewing machine is a bit nerve-wracking. Spicy said it was like dropping your kid off at sleep-away camp. last night i cooked indian lamb meatballs, played with ifontmaker on my ipad, and read Pride and Prejudice. who knows what i'll do tonight?

8 comments:

  1. Love the colors in this little quilt! It's light and fresh but kind of woodsy at the same time.
    Hope it's nothing serious for your machine!

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  2. It is really pretty. I love it.

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  3. I absolutely think it is beautiful. I love the pattern.I might quilt some more!

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  4. I LOVE this quilt....both the colors and design!!

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  5. Gorgeous quilt, and I love how the winter landscape coordinates with it perfectly in your photo.
    Getting a sewing machine serviced is the worst! I wish they had drive through places like Jiffy Lube. It always takes forever. That was one of my big motivations for keeping my old machine when I got my new one. It's good to have a backup. It also means that I won't put off servicing as much, since I hate to be without a machine.

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  6. Wonderful quilt! I love all the colours so much!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  7. totally love it! great colors and i would love to hear more about your stack and wack method!

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  8. Beautiful! I am so in love with green for a baby quilt. I still think that Outfoxed one I made last year is one of my faves. And this one!

    I want to eat Indian lamb meatballs!

    Hope your machine is okay!

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