Friday, August 10, 2012

Baby Girl Quilt

After finding out that some close friends of ours were expecting a baby girl, I knew I had to get to work on making her a quilt. (Because I want her to have one and because I know I will have to finish it before Collin is born.)  I knew I wanted to use the Skittles pattern by Kate Conklin Designs.  After being told their nursery would be centered around anything pink, I went searching for fabric. One day last week, I took P to the quilt shop with me while I was looking for fabrics for this quilt.   I setteled on Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille and chose three gray prints and three pink prints.  I paired it with Kona Snow which was the perfect match! 

Here is a bad cell phone picture from before I basted it.  (Not a good idea to be 36 weeks pregnant and crawling on the floor!)

The quilt top was easy to make.  It only took me a day.  I decided to make the quilt top a little longer and added a 1.5" (1" finished) section between each row.  Since I made the top, I have been out of town and I am just getting back to work on it.  Today I had a new adventure.  As usual, I used my walking foot for the quilting.  However, I decided to use the guide bar that came with it rather than tape to make the straight lines.  About a quarter of the way through, the entire bar fell off.  Obviously this did not make a very straight or accurate line.  I ended up "unquilting" the entire thing.  :(  I wanted to be happy with the results of the quilt and I knew I would not be happy with a very crooked line.  The photo below shows where I was taking out the stitches. 

 Because the blocks finished up at almost 12" wide, I was able to quilt three lines about three inches apart.  I also quilted down the center of the 1" sections I added and then on either side of these sections. 
 I am not crazy about the quilting through the middle of the sections but it was the first part I did.  I am hoping it will look better after it is washed.  It just looks quite indented to me right now.  Overall, I am very happy with the quilting.  

   Now I am off to make true bias binding using a print from Ruby by Bonnie and Camille so I can get it attached and the quilt sent on its way.  :)