Happy Birthday Little One.
The progress on Easy Street is like a turtle – slow and steady.
I am also trying clean my sewing room and put away the purple, turquoise and green fabric from this quilt. However, I am so easily distracted.
While putting away the purple, I started cutting out turquoise triangles from the 2″ strips to make this block.
The block is called Diamond Ripples from the Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers. Since the first time I saw this block, I was curious about the design that four blocks would make. It will be fun to play with different layouts. This project is going to be a doll quilt for a soon-to-be second birthday.
I really need to be careful looking through my quilt books and magazines. I see a quilt pattern, think “I have the perfect fabric to make that”, and then new project is started. This third quilt project came about in exactly that way.
This pattern is called the Wavelet from Jane Miller’s book French Braid Transformation. I decided to make this quilt with the leftover purple and turquoise fabric from Easy Street along with some red from my stash. And yes – that is the same background fabric in both the doll quilt and the Wavelet.
Since the doll quilt has a deadline, that will be the first finish for 2013.
This was a fun and fast quilt top to make. I started it last Saturday and finished it on Friday. It measures 50″ x 60″ which makes for a baby quilt or a small lap quilt.
It is hard to get a good picture of this quilt top. The white with black reads as light gray and the black with white reads as darker gray. Enlarging the picture will show all the different fabrics in this top.
This is the next machine quilting project. I already know what quilting designs, thread colors and backing that I will use.
The yellow & orange accents were made using the stitch and flip method on 2 1/2″ strips. I usually toss those little triangles, but I saved them from this project. They made 1 3/4″ half square triangles that end up as 1 1/4″ in the finished quilt. They were just so darn cute, that I put them in a doll quilt.
Don’t let this photograph fool you – this doll quilt is 15 1/2″ by 19 1/2″. I designed this quilt as I was sewing along. I didn’t have any idea of the final look of this doll quilt – I just start sewing and making one decision at a time when necessary. I have designed several quilts this way.
I also used Hobbs Thermore batting for this project. Hobbs Thermore is an ultra-thin 100% polyester batting that can be used with machine quilting. The size of this quilt made it the perfect project to give this batting a test run. The machine quilting went smoothly, but I am unsure if I like the ultra-thin. When they say ultra-thin, they really mean thin. I may try doubling the layers next time and see if I like that better.
This doll quilt is going into my Etsy store. It is such a bright cheerful doll quilt that any little girl would love.