Monday, October 1, 2012

Crib quilt #5

Last month I mailed the fifth (and I think final) crib quilt for this year to its owner, my new niece. I fussy cut pieces of Peacock Lane Menagerie in brown and added borders of Kona Cotton solids and coordinating leftovers from the big pink quilt I made a few years back.

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This is the first pieced quilt I've made with so much negative space. It was a challenge to piece the negative space efficiently - I hate wasting fabric. At first I tried to do the math to plan the exact dimensions of each piece of brown fabric... but I realized it would take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to accurately cut pieces. Instead I cut strips of brown fabric in varying widths and used those to fill in the space around the blocks. The end result is not *exactly* the layout I had planned, but it's pretty close. I'm happy with the end result, and not much fabric was wasted. Win, win!

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The only part I'm not happy with is how some of the quilting lines pulled the fabric. I can tell that some lines really pulled the fabric in the direction of stitching, so the pink stripes on the back are not as straight as I'd like. I hope that I'm the only one that notices. Sigh. I think I tried to get by with too few basting pins this time, and didn't pull the fabric as taught as usual when I taped it to the floor.

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I really love the pink + brown combo, and I'm pleased with the way the fussy-cut blocks turned out. I know it will be appreciated in its new home.

 

1 comment:

  1. Lovely - The color combinations are wonderful - it's hard to find that rich pink.
    The back is great, too!

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