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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Ever Baby Quilt! on: March 15, 2012 06:56:10 AM
A friend of my brother had a baby girl with his girlfriend. So, I found a really great fabric bundle at my local fabric store to make something for them! The colors coordinate really well, and I'm not sure if it comes across in the pictures but the white fabric has little pink star outlines on it. The backing came from my stash. I think I'm the most pleased about the binding fabric I found - it really brings out the greens and contrasts nicely with all the pink and purple. The whole thing is approximately crib sized, but maybe a little bit bigger.

This is my third quilt, and my first time working with something more complicated than squares. Please let me know what you think!

I really like how this picture shows off the stich-in-the-ditch square quilting.

Blurry close up of the binding. Green with white polka dots!

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 2 for 1! Manly King Size Quilt + bonus Rag Quilt on: February 09, 2012 06:43:13 PM
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So, here are my first two quilts. My brother recently got accepted into the MBA program at his university, and I wanted to make him something to celebrate. He challenged me to make him a "manly" quilt, so this is what I came up with. Yes, a king/queen size quilt for a first project.

The quilt is made from flannel and follows a "Disappearing Nine Patch" pattern. Each square was originally 8"x8". Turned out to be quite the adventure - I started making it in October and finished by New Year's!

On to the pictures:

Here's the finished quilt top, before adding borders:

Action shot! The quilting was done in the ditch, and then hours of this happened (approximately one foot from completion!). I used the fun red eagle print at all four corners.

And finally, the finished quilt at its new home. Unfortunately, my bro swept it back with him before I could take a head-on picture, but I think he did a pretty good job with his phone:

Let me know what you think!

And bonus round: Having grossly over-estimated the amount of fabric I would need, there was a ton left over and I wanted to try making a rag quilt. I made this for a very special two year old. I opted not to do the traditional "x" quilting on each square because I embroided his name across the back and did not want to mess it up. This ended up being fairly large as each square is also 8"x8".

And here's a close up of the fraying. You can also see here that I used a brown for the back and the middle of each sandwich is a black flannel.

I'm extremely pleased with it. It's surprisingly soft. My suggestion to anyone making a rag quilt is to be sure and put it through the washer and dryer! What a difference it makes when it comes out!

Please enjoy! I'd love to hear your feedback Smiley Thanks for looking.
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