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micahstandley
« on: March 14, 2006 10:08:31 PM »

I just finished this project for a friend's baby. The fabric came as a kit from Joann's and it was a lot of fun to put together. The only crazy part to deal with were the minkee patches. WOW! I had to pin like crazy to piece these together.

Her daughter's name is Raven so I also embroidered a little black swallow (it could be a raven!) ala Jenny Hart. She totally loved it.









 
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2006 10:46:19 PM »

very cool...it look warm too
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2006 05:43:28 AM »

that looks so cute and cozy! Love the little raven too
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2006 08:05:57 AM »

that's beautiful!!  and I love the embroidered "raven".  what are minkee patches?
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2006 09:26:46 AM »

micah, how large are the squares? i am hoping to make a quilt for my friend's baby too. the shower is on the 22 of april- that seems like a good pattern to try to make in time. about how many hours do you think you spent on it?
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micahstandley
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2006 10:19:21 AM »

that's beautiful!!  and I love the embroidered "raven".  what are minkee patches?

Minkee is this SUUUUUUUPER soft micro-spun polyester fabric. It makes a really great backing for a baby quilt, but it is REALLY strectchy and hard to deal with in terms of patchwork. If you're going to use it as part of a quilt top, I would use at least a half-inch seam allowance instead of the usual quarter-inch.

micah, how large are the squares? i am hoping to make a quilt for my friend's baby too. the shower is on the 22 of april- that seems like a good pattern to try to make in time. about how many hours do you think you spent on it?

The kit from Joann was perfect - I found it in the quilting section with the fat quarters, etc. Anyhoo, The squares are cut to 6.5 inches, so they are 6 inches when finished (again using our friendly quarter-inch seam allowance).

The kit only gives you the fabric for the backing and the top, and some directions. The directions just call for making it like a giant pillow case once you've made the top (i.e. right sides together, sewing all around it leaving a 6-inch space, turn inside out, whip-stitch the opening - No quilting!?!). I went a little above and beyond the call of duty by quilting it, with batting, and binding.

It took me an entire weekend to do, but keep in mind that I bound and embroidered it. If you were to follow the directions but add some batting before turning inside out and quilt it, I bet you could do it in less than a day - no problem. For a better explanation of doing it this way, here's a link:

http://www.simplicity.com/index.cfm?page=section/classroom/sewprojects/pillowquilt/pillowquilt.html

See "2. Prepare Quilt." and after you've finished piecing your top, follow steps "d" through "f". Then quilt in the ditch and your done!

Hope that helps...



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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2006 12:40:06 PM »

i like the color combination and the simple square pattern.
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2006 01:36:21 PM »

I love the colors!

Looks modern yet retro at the same time!  Guess you could call it a timeless look  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2006 06:43:33 AM »

Great job!  The fabric choices are pretty good for being part of a kit.  The extras that you did, really add to it. I might have to try to copy this.
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2006 07:14:07 AM »

Lovely job!  The embroidery is a great touch, and love the colour combo!
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