Friday, April 02, 2010

finally... finished baby quilt!

I finally got the last few inches of binding sewn down on this quilt tonight:
I'm going to wash and dry it, get a label on it, and mail it to its owner right away!
The quilting was done in sort of straight lines, some of them doubled up, in a grid. I thought I (pin) basted pretty well and I used my walking foot, but there were still some issues with the layers shifting as I quilted. I am looking for any suggestions or advice about improving my straight line quilting, because I am hoping to quilt my watercolor quilt next, and I was thinking (hoping) diagonal straight lines would be a good choice.
Here's a better view of the block I put in the back.

I also got some other things done in the last couple days:
Blocks for a charity quilt that the bee beautiful group is collaborating on.
And, jam. I made it with the quick set freezer method. My first time. Strawberries were on sale! I'm going to make another batch, probably in the morning.

Things are working out a bit better here this week and I'm actually going to post my link over at sew -n- tell Friday. Go see what else people are sharing!

22 comments:

Lori said...

Your quilt is pretty! How far apart are you pin basting? I am wondering if thats why it is shifting???

Your Jam looks Yummy?

Kristopher K Design said...

so beautiful - love your inspiring blog :)

pinksuedeshoe said...

Cute little quilt, that back square is very cute. And your jam looks like heaven.... it's actually making my mouth water just to think about it!

L Johnson said...

Love the finished baby quilt and strawberry freezer jam. Have you tried the spray adhesive that helps keep the quilt together? I found some at Walmart, I might maybe try spraying and then pinning. What do I know though I am just a beginner!

Elizabeth said...

Nice finish! I love how it came out -- so bright and cheerful and I love the patchy back. You did a great job on it!

carab said...

Love the quilt! Did you use any pattern or instructions or just make it up from the top of your head? Would love to make something similar.

rodvold said...

After having a lot of shifting problems myself, I have converted to basting spray, the 505 brand sold at quilt shops. I swear by it now. On bigger quilts, I still so some pinning around the edges but on small ones, like this one perhaps, spraying is all I need.

Mary said...

I love your baby quilt! Love your blocks too :-)

Cher said...

Awww! I love the colors and the MONKEY on the baby quilt! Great job!

Jenny said...

great finishes Vicki! I love the backing for your quilt.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

The baby quilt is adorable and the wonky blocks are fun! Nice finishes:)

I haven't made jam for years. I should try your method.

Crafty Gemini said...

I love that quilt and plan on making some strawberry jam, too! thanks for the inspiration.

As for the basting... I find that if I pin baste I have shifting issues no matter how close I pin. What I use is a temporary spray adhesive like 505. Have you tried it before? If not, I would recommend you try it. keep up the good work!

Candied Fabrics said...

Lovely! And skip the basting spray and go directly to fusible batting! Seriously!

Leslie said...

oh yum...strawberry jam!!! the quilt you finished looks amazing

Alisa said...

I LOVE your quilt! You did a great job on it.

SheilaC said...

Your baby quilt is adorable! I especially love that one block on the back :)

SheilaC

Catherine said...

Love the finished quilt, lovely bright colour combo! Wish I could help you with the quilting but I have the same issues. Spray adhesive and pinning worked good for me last time I machine quilted a largish quilt.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Absolutely darling. I have GOT to make freezer jam this year.

Karen said...

What a gorgeous baby quilt. I love your colour choice. The star blocks are lovely. Its hard to beat a star block (or pinwheel) for that matter.

Sew It UP! said...

What a very cool quilt. Those fabrics are perfect.

Jessica said...

I love the back of that quilt.

Rene' said...

Vicki, your baby quilt is beautiful! Love the bright colors and the monkey block. Your maverick stars are great as well. Thanks for sharing.