Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Two Times the Fun

When I found out my cousin was having twins I couldn't wait to get started on new baby quilts. I have never had very good luck finding cute fabric at JoAnn's so this time I tried ordering online. I found a set that I really liked by Moda Fabrics. These designs are from their "Modern Vintage" collection. It is exactly what I was looking for. And by buying a kit (or fat quarter bundle as they call it in the quilting world) they all matched perfectly!

The first quilt I did was in a pattern I had already done once. The "Disappearing Nine Patch." I took photos along the way so I can show you a mini-tutorial on that one soon. But today you get to enjoy the final piece!

The second one is called "Small Plates" which is a small square inside of a big square. (Secret: The big square is really four strips sewn around the small square. Tricky, I know.) I did one in mostly pinks and the second with red. That way they looked very different from each other, yet used most of the same fabrics!

The other new thing I tried with these quilts was the way in which I quilted them. In the past, I've used a walking foot on my sewing machine and did straight lines along the seams. (Stitch in the Ditch and Echo Stitching.) This time I did Free-hand quilting with a free-motion foot, meaning I could move the material any direction I wanted. I did try to follow the basic idea of stippling. Although it was really scary to try this on a real quilt (my test scraps were awful), I'm glad I did. I loved the way they turned out!

They are both square, about 32 x 32 inches.

Little girls, know that you are loved!

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