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Topic: Flower Garden Applique Baby Quilt  (Read 1253 times)
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« on: May 14, 2010 10:01:20 AM »

Another item removed from the "to be finished" pile!

I started this several months ago, and worked on it side-by-side with another applique quilt (a kangaroo). Thanks to some sick time this week (that part sucked actually), and the fact that both babies are now born, I managed to finish them both.

I did the applique with a raw edge, using Lite Steam a Seam to place the pieces. I think in the future I might use a narrower zig-zag stitch.

I love the way the design turned out, but I am less than happy with the quilting. My original intent was to hand-quilt it, but I chickened out at the last minute. I haven't mastered free motion quilting, and I didn't think that stitching straight lines across the flowers would look very good. On other quilts, I have started and stopped the lines on either side of the applique, but there were too many pieces to this one to try to attempt that. I finally decided to sew little pinwheel shapes into it all over. They're still straight lines (therefore "manageable"), but they would fit into the spaces between the flowers.

I was having a million problems with my tension. The top thread is visible on the back side. I tried a thousand things... new bobbin, rethreading, upper thread tension, bobbin tension, new needle... I don't know what I was doing wrong, but I finally gave up trying to troubleshoot and just accepted that it's not going to be perfect.

Some closeups - sorry for the crap quality of the photos. I didn't realize they were so bad until I uploaded them... by that point they were already in the mail.

An embroidered butterfly

The backing fabric

Hopefully the baby and her mom won't mind the imperfections  Embarrassed

« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2010 11:12:13 AM »

I think the mom will be too impressed by the work done to notice imperfections and the baby will think, "Hey, this is soft. I like." But be too hard on yourself. It's a wonderful quilt. Smiley

« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2010 11:19:56 AM »

I love the flowers! I think it came out really pretty. As crafters, we are our own worst critics and notice all the stuff most people would never see!  This would make a really pretty wallhanging too.
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2010 02:34:52 PM »

I LOVE this quilt!!!! love it! I don't see a darn thing but beauty!
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2010 12:53:54 AM »

this is gorgeous!

those flowers look amazing, i like that they're all different. and that backing fabric is beautiful especially combined with the edge fabric. I can see all the little details you've put into it-- looks great!!
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2010 12:19:45 PM »

OK, This quilt just made me happy when I looked at. I relly like that kind of applique, and I love the butterfly. the quilting, well just all of it. Don't be to hard on yourself. I am sure the mom and baby will adore it. I know I do!
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2010 05:30:19 PM »

Love the big bright flowers on that lovely shade of blue!  Great job!

« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2010 06:11:18 PM »

Love this!  What mistakes?  Wink

« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2010 08:09:09 AM »

So fresh looking! Makes me happy just looking at it.  Great job!
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2010 03:37:28 PM »

I think it came out beautiful!! I looove the colors you chose! Smiley
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