Hello quilting friends!!! Long time no chat! :-). With electronic changes around here, I just haven't gotten used to the new way I have to blog (plus Instagram is just so darn easy for lazy me ;-))
Any hoots, I promised a pattern for this super CUTE quilt I made for my nieces baptism last week. Here is the basic 411 on this super quick and easy quilt!
Liesel's favorite colors are red and pink. I went through my stash looking for all of the reds and pinks that I could find. My mom sent over a few cuts of fabric for variety and sentiment. This quilt was made out of 100% stashed fabric ;-). Yeah me!
I have seen lots of pixelated hearts on line, but really thought some half square triangles would be AWESOME!
For this quilt I used 6.5" squares and 4.25" squares. You will need:
31- 6.5" red print squares
26- 6.5" pink print squares
5- 6.5" squares of various pink solids
116- 4.25" squares of various pink solid fabrics.
For the half square triangle construction, use the method found HERE on my blog. Basically, you will make 26 pairs, one pink print 6.5" block with one red print 6.5" block. There will be five red print blocks left over that you will pair with the 5- 6.5" varied pink solids. Pair them all together, right sides together. Using a quarter inch seam allowance, sew around all four sides of each pair. Follow the directions found in the link above (and HERE for added measure ;))
Once you have pressed all of your HST's, its time to lay them out. Follow the pictures above and below. For the ten red and pink print HST's on the sides and the four on the top of the heart, I made sure the the red print was touching the pink background fabric. The trick with the heart layout is to no obsess about it! Pretend that you are a carefree (non-OCD) quilter and that random is a happy place we like to be :)
The quilt is 14 blocks across and 17 down. I sewed the blocks into rows and then I sewed the rows together to complete the top. The finished quilt top size is 52.5"x 63.75"
No that your top is finished, quilt, bind and enjoy!! :)
As a super fun side note, my friend Barbie showed me how to wrap my binding so that it unwinds itself perfectly to sew onto the quilt.
Make this figure 8 on your hands and then put it on the floor to your right. (put the side you can see in the picture down on the floor. The loose that you start sewing onto the quilt will be right there)
Here is sweet Liesel lazing about on the floor with her quilt and pillow pets :-)
To help me with quilting design inspiration, I hung the top in my front room window so I could stare at it for a few days :-)
It was so much fun to look at it :-)
For the backing I HAD to buy this Matroyska doll fabric. It's perfect!
I also decided to embroider the names of all of the Round Robin ladies in the centers of the friendship stars that Ella added.
My embroidery is not very good :(
But nobody is perfect :-)
I chose to use white because [my embroidery skills are so lacking and because] I like the subtly.
Each lady in the group is special to me.
I will always cherish this experience and all that I learned from it!
Can you read the names?
Don't feel bad if you can't.
I have a hard time too!
I am so sad that Maggie is far away and couldn't be here for the reveal. :(
So now for the exciting part! I layed the quilt on the floor, getting ready to baste when I decided that the slight ripple in the top could be ironed out.
I pressed with best press for an hour and when I laid it back on the floor it had a GIANT pucker! I mean HUGE!!!!
Due to this problem, I had to do some [major] surgery on the quilt. After a border removal and a giant tuck all of the way around the center, it behaved and laid down flat and square! I reattached the border that I had removed and basted the quilt :-)
Now those pesky quilting ancestors insist that I hand quilt this quilt!
I told them to shove it!
The quilting ancestors are still harassing me so I am going to add hand quilting too after a bit of fmq.
I can't wait to finish this next week :-). The hubbs and I are I are off to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary with a weekend getaway :-). I am so excited!!!