Friday, August 22, 2014

Ewan's baby quilt - finished!!

You guys already saw a little sneak peak of this quilt on my 10 Quilty Little Secrets post - but here today to show you the finish!

Ewan's baby quilt

My friend recently had her baby very early. She was taken by surprise - unfinished nursery, unfinished baby quilt, and baby in the nicu. Not what a first-time mom wants to deal with. I was very honored when she asked me to quilt little Ewan's baby quilt (she had finished the top).

Ewan's baby quilt

This is the first time I've ever quilted someone else's quilt and it was both enjoyable and nerve-wracking. I was very flattered, but I knew how important and meaningful this quilt was!! I didn't want to risk messing up someone else's quilt.

Ewan's Baby Quilt

I'm assuming that long-arm quilters feel this way - at least when they first start out. I've sent a few quilts off to be long-armed before, and it was interesting to be on this side of that relationship, so to speak.

Ewan's Baby Quilt

Since this quilt was a lot different than quilts I normally piece, I had the opportunity to try out some designs that wouldn't normally work well in my quilts. My absolute favorite was this swirly pattern. It's called "Ocean Current" and I found it here on Leah Day's site.

Ewan's Baby Quilt

I'll definitely be using it from here on out!

Ewan's baby quilt

Using blending thread was also relatively new to me. I know, that sounds weird! But I'm wayyy into contrasting thread, so I haven't really done this before. I must say, it was strangely liberating - little mistakes are unnoticeable, and stitching in place to anchor my thread starts/stops didn't create any visible, ugly buildup. Normally I have to hand-tie and bury all my knots to avoid said buildup - man, what a time-saver! I figure that if Angela Walters just stitches in place to anchor her ends, it's good enough for me....so uh....you'll see a lot more matchy-matchy thread in the future!

Ewan's Baby Quilt

You can really see the different textures created by the quilting here. I don't know how hard it will be to do the swirly design over a larger area, but I'm hoping to be able to do it again soon!

Ewan's Baby Quilt




28 comments :

  1. beautiful quilting, love the swirls, trust baby is doing well and is soon home with Mum

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  2. Wow!!! I haven't seen such a beautiful handmade quilt before. Love it :)

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  3. what a cute quilt! The quilting really finishes it off perfectly :-)

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  4. Love Hollys quilt. Your quilting is amazing

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  5. I think you've really done it justice, what a cute design

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  6. Wow! Your quilting is so impressive! This is a gorgeous quilt.

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  7. Ewan's baby quilt is so cute, and your quilting is amazing.

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  8. What a beautiful quilting job! I love how you quilted around the sun and made the quilt more intricate than it would have been without your details.

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  9. Fab quilting and what a lovely quilt design - Chris :D

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  10. What an adorable quilt! I love everything about it. I also really like how when your swirls ran up against your design you didn't swirl your way out but echoed the movement of the fabric (if that made sense.....)

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  11. The quilt turned out great. The large swirly pattern is currently my go to design to get a quilt finished quickly!

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  12. Beautifully done! No need to worry, you did an awesome job!! I'm sure this quilt will be loved and cherished :)

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  13. Great quilting! Ocean currents is one of my favorite designs to quilt.

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  14. omg - the quilting is fabulous!!!

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  15. What a cute quilt. Your quilting is gorgeous!

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  16. Fantastic quilt and quilting! So sweet how you helped out a friend!

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  17. Can't wait to see it in person. Looks amazing.

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  18. Beautiful. Your quilting is fab and the top is so fun and cute!

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  19. Bravo on your quilting! Fabulous!

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  20. Very cute! Love the quilting on this one :)

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  21. That quilt is too darn cute - the quilting is awesome! Congrats - job well done!

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  22. It looks great! I especially like the sun rays and the texture the water has.

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  23. Such a beautiful and unique quilt - love the design, love the quilting, love the colours.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  24. So stinkin adorable! I love how your quilting designs really accentuate the theme of the quilt. Gorgeous!

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  25. Beautiful job by both you and mom!! Most of us "LA quilters", especially those that quilt for others, definitely do the matchy-matchy with the thread and fabric!! Only "brave" quilters do a contrasting thread!!! How perfect to do it backwards :) Although I still haven't mastered the anchoring stitches, so I still tie and bury my knots. Swirls are easy to do all over a quilt or in just a small area. Angela Walters just posted a swirl with a little twist that would be great for an all-over pattern!

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  26. What beautiful quilting. I am in awe. Such texture and movement. Outstanding work. Love it!

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