Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The So Many Fun Fabrics Quilt

Back in November I shared a small version of a big quilt that I was planning on making slowly throughout 2013 for when my littlest moves into a bed.  Well, I have been slowly working on it since November but decided that my February sewing goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes was to finish half of the quilt top.  And then for some unknown reason last week, motivation struck and I finished not just the top but the entire quilt.


I had already sashed all of the novelty fabrics in both a print and the kona snow so all that was left was putting it all together.   And once I started, I just kept going.  Improv piecing with no specific plan is really my favorite way of piecing.  I just cut several strips of varying widths of kona snow and a handful of bright prints and then just randomly put it all together with the blocks.



Since I don't usually make quilts this large, I didn't have enough basting pins so instead I decided to thread baste and I think I will be doing so from now on.  For me, it didn't take any longer than pin basting and I really liked not having to worry about mistakenly sewing over the pins when quilting.


I decided to stick with FMQ swirly loops for the quilting and quilted the novelty prints a bit less than the rest of the quilt.  I used Aurifil 50wt in color 2600 - it is a light gray thread that I think works well with all the colors in this quilt.


I used the scrappy binding that I showed in this post.


And I used lots of bright, colorful prints for the back.


I really enjoyed having a big project that I could work on in bits and pieces when I had the time.  And now that it is finished, I've been thinking a lot about finding another project that I can slowly work on throughout the year.  Of course, my other daughters want their own version of this quilt but well, I reminded them that they also know how to sew!  Or maybe this could be something we can work on together!

Linking to A Lovely Year of Finishes and Crazy Mom Quilts.

49 comments:

  1. I love this so very much. It's made me completely rethink how to build my Polaroid quilt.

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  2. What a gorgeous quilt! I love the gray thread for quilting. The effect is subtle and very pretty! I want this quilt too!

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  3. I just started saving novelty fabrics for my daughter! I love this quilt, no wonder your other kids want one too. Have you already written a post about thread basting? If not it's something I'd be interested in learning more about, and I'd like to see your method.

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  4. Gorgeous! I think your improv skills are amazing! I can improv on a very small scale, but putting together a large quilt like this without a plan fills my analytical heart with fear ;-)

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  5. That turned out great. Improv is not so fun and easy for me but I love the look of this!

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  6. Your lovely quilt makes me smile. I absolutely adore it! What a great idea to frame the novelty prints and then use the Kona Snow. I have some of that in my stash! The bright pieced back goes perfectly. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  7. What a great quilt! Love its originality!

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  8. Beth you do improv so beautifully. Spectacular quilt.

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  9. Just wonderful and so interesting! Great Job!~!! I love the scrappy little picture frames~ ♥

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  10. I just love the random scrappy, happy look of this quilt. Nice job!

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  11. Oh. My. Heart. I love every inch of this quilt. Spectacular in every way. I wonder if little by little I might accomplish something so wonderful and fun.

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  12. What a wonderfully fun quilt! Any child would love it (and adults, too, for that matter). I really like that the front and back could both be the top of the quilt. Great job!

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  13. Wauw. Your quilt is gorgeous. I tought about treath basting myself once, but I tought the treads would get in the way when machine quilting. How did you do that?

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  14. Looks fabulous Beth. I like the idea of having a large project bubbling away in the background too.

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  15. Absoltely beautiful Beth, but you could tell it was going to be special when I saw your work on it last week, I love a bit of improv, and really should do more- once again you've inspired me! : )

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  16. Seriously cool piecing. Lovely finish and one to be proud of, again.

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  17. It looks great Beth! One of my friends had to thread baste too, and she said she loved it. I might have to try that next.

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  18. This is one of my favourite quilts of all time! Seriously! Absolutely LOVE it. Too gorgeous for words x

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  19. Wow! This is amazing..All the pict. squares, do they have 2 borders around them?

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  20. Just great. I love how it keeps your eye moving all over it. Congrats on a job well done and getting it completed sooner than you originally planned.

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  21. What beautiful finish.. Very attractive to my eyes... you go girl...

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  22. Wow it's really fantastic. There are so many little squares that really catch my eye. She is such a lucky lil babe.

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  23. This is such a gorgeous quilt! This is such a great way to feature all those fun prints!

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  24. This is gorgeous! I have some leftover novelty fabric from a story quilt I made and this is a great way to use it!

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  25. Beautiful quilt, Beth! Your daughter will have so much fun snuggling under it and looking at all the different prints (at least, that's what I would do!) The back is just perfect as well!

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  26. This quilt is "too cute". Love the piecing ~

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  27. It is beautiful and fun, Beth! I have been tempted to try thread basting. I'm too cheap to buy spray (though I love it) and the pins aren't doing it for me lately.

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  28. Beth, this is so great. I LOVE it. You are so talented!

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  29. Love how when things get going you go go go. Great finish and the quilting on it is sooo perfect.

    Thanks for linking up.

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  30. It is magnificent! I would love to know how you thread basted - specifics would be great!

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  31. This is gorgeous Beth. I love it! I must try improv piecing. You do such wonderful work with it. I love the backing too.

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  32. So much fun! I love seat-of-your-pants piecing too. SO much more fun than making sure everything is square! Hopefully your daughter can part with it long enough for show and tell!

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  33. Absolutely stunningly gorgeous!!! This quilt is simply too adorable for words, you did an amazing job Beth.

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  34. Isn't it great when that mojo kicks in and things just move along :) Wonderful quilt too!

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  35. I LOVE the way this turned out, Beth! What a perfect quilt for a little girl's room!

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  36. This is a very beautiful quilt. An amazing job :-)

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  37. This is DARLING. I love it.

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  38. I love this quilt! Is there a tute on putting different size blocks together? I don't know why I have trouble with this. Do you just make them eventually the same size and sew into rows? Anyway, adorable!

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    1. Thanks Emma. Send me your email and I'll give you more specifics.

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  39. Fabulous. So many awesome fabrics and I love the the improv piecing. You did a great job Beth!!

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  40. Wow! Fun and lovely! So impressed with all the different squares coming together!

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  41. Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!!!

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  42. i absolutely LOVE this quilt! I love the look of improv piecing. The randomness ( is that a word?? ) throughout the quilt makes it look so fun!

    -Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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