Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Simple and Cute


After my sewing machine came back from its trip to the spa, I felt like I had to get acquainted with it again before I started working on a serious project. To I dug out some orphan blocks and put together this charity quilt. I thought the blocks were hopeless and actually stuck them back in the drawer, but when combined with this bright, soft blue, they worked. I'm happy with the way this turned out: cheerful and bright and suitable for a boy. (Boy quilts seem hard to come by.)


I also liked the quilting. It's something I've done before, but not recently, and was glad to rediscover in the memory banks. It's fast and simple. I just used washable Crayola markers to mark a few curved lines dividing the top into sections, and then quilted more parallel lines in each section using the guide on the walking foot. Faster than quilting in the ditch and more interesting. I don't usually use muslin backs because they don't hide any knots or add interest, but this was a totally stash project. Good thing I did this too, because the new, presumably correct tension calibration on the machine is much tighter, and I had to relearn some things.

11 comments:

Vicki W said...

That's a terrific project and I love how you quilted it!

Allison Ann Aller said...

VERY cute...some boy is going to be made very happy by this quilt.
I'm with Vicki...love the quilting. Can I borrow that idea?

Kim said...

Sweet quilt, great project and an excellent way to warm up the machine.

Nellie's Needles said...

Delightful! I like that quilting pattern. Hope I can remember that concept for some future project. Thanks for sharing it.

Deb Geyer said...

What a great little project! It turned out nice.

The Calico Cat said...

Neat quilting idea!

Rian said...

It's very cute, and I love your quilting.

Kim West said...

Very cute quilt - nice way to warm back up!!

diva of quilts said...

You're right, that is a very cute quilt!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

I totally dig how you pulled this together with your orphan blocks. It came out great and the quilting really did come out fantastic.

love the whole thing!

jenclair said...

Good job, Kay! I especially like the fact that this project combined orphan blocks and a relaxed attitude. A great finished piece that provided pleasure in the process and the product.