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Topic: Stars and Stripes Toddler Quilt w/lots of in-process pics  (Read 592 times)
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« on: February 19, 2018 08:13:04 AM »


I originally intended this to be a Christmas present for my toddler, but I overextended myself and it ended up being a birthday present instead. I had made everyone else in my house a quilt of their own, including the cat (excluding the fish, lol), so I feel a bit guilty that it took me two years to get around to making one for the baby.  Embarrassed

I started with a theme of the American flag and bought most of the fabric with that in mind. Then I made a plan based on how much fabric I had in each print. Kind of backwards, but it was a fun challenge.




I used this tutorial to make the squares, and started laying them randomly.



But, I didn't like how that looked. So, I modified my plans.





I liked that much better. I chose to do a border in a golden yellow since many ceremonial flags have a gold fringe and the primary colors make me happy.



When it came time to do the back of the quilt, I didn't want just a solid color or print. I have been wanting to try out piecing with jelly rolls and I saw this great pattern on pinterest. I had red, white, and blue fabric in equal portions, so I went back to the graph paper and made a plan.



I put it together without any pinning, so it's a bit wonky.  Cheesy




Definitely not wide enough and I ran out of fabric. I ordered a custom print from Spoonflower without getting swatches first...big mistake. Roll Eyes The color was nothing like the preview and didn't match what I already had.  Cry  Off to the fabric store...luckily, they had some new fabrics and I found one I liked even better.




I free-motion quilted it with an echoed star pattern. 80% of the way through quilting, my machine started acting up in desperate need of a good oiling...oops. Thought I had the problem solved, finished up, only to find that the tension had gotten screwed up for a small section of quilting and needed restitching.  Tongue Re-stitched it, that's why some of the stitching really stands out in the pictures...I'll pick out the bad stitches later. My little boy was pretty happy when I handed it to him this morning, all finished.  Cheesy



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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2018 04:45:49 PM »

Ooh, lovely quilt! Thanks for sharing your progress pics, I always love seeing those!
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2018 05:53:45 AM »

Beautiful quilt.  The in process pictures are really helpful in seeing your process.
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2018 07:54:31 AM »

It's wonderful, both front and back.
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2018 08:37:09 AM »

Great job -front and back- I love how you chart out your quilts on graph paper- very cool.
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2018 06:23:38 AM »

Thanks, everyone! Quilting is such a rewarding process for me, like a crafting marathon.  Cheesy
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