Friday, August 18, 2006

Citrus Baby Quilts

Here are two baby quilts I'm working on using fabric I bought on impulse at Joann's. One is more pink, the other more orange and yellow, but many fabrics appear in both quilts. The colors look like oranges, lemons, and lots of pink grapefruits to me.

This first one is very simple (I had to get back into the swing of things after a year away from my machine!). I'm embarassed to admit that it's based on a quilt I saw in a magazine I didn't buy at Walmart in July. It was quick to assemble and I just finished quilting it on Wednesday using a similar idea to what I did with another baby quilt in 2004 (an idea I found in an issue of Quilter's Newsletter - for the quilting, not the patchwork).

If I were to do it again, I wouldn't use verigated thread. I'd use different colors for each edge to edge series of swirls, matching the fabric from that row. Now I just need to attach the binding!

The second is adapted from the book Modern Quilt Workshop by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle of Fun Quilts. It's called Zipper. I changed the size of the block so that I could cut things the same size for both of these baby quilts, so my blocks are 3"x5" with 1"x2" zips. Finding this challenge and flickr page helped inspire me to start my own blog!

I had more trouble deciding how to quilt this one. I finally decided to do it like they did in the book. It's SO densely quilted, but in the end I like it. I had to change the bobbin thread an awful lot, though.


Linda_J said...

wow, those are so colorful and fun! I like the staggered strip one that reminds me of a bargello quilt in a way. And what is not to like about the zippers qult! Amy and Samantha have both had some on the stash quilts webring in past months.

Welcome to bloggerland, BTW! I came by because of the comment you left on mine, of course but it was a treat to see what you are working on. I know Hanne is in Norway and Barbara in Sweden--how fun!

ForestJane said...

They both look great! Do you already have a baby (or two) in mind that will get these quilts?

sidulrike said...

Great colors - I love them both! Very bold and fun - definitely colors I would choose for a baby quilt as well :-D