Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Little Breath of Spring


Around the end of March, Michele at Quilts From My Crayon Box held a Follower Giveaway and I was the lucky winner of three half yards of the Petal Pusher collection from Windham Fabrics!  As soon as the package arrived, I immediately pulled some solid white from my stash and found a great white and lime green print for a backing.


I immediately got to cutting and sewing and had this little baby quilt done in no time.  I love the spring-time colors and the fresh feel of this little quilt.


Of course as I was taking the final pictures of the quilt, I noticed I messed up the block placement.






...and not only did I mess up the block placement but I seem to have even sewn up the reverse block to those I needed. 










So to take my own advice, my story is this design was what I had planned to do all along!
(Yes, I have this sign proudly displayed in my home!)




 Well, at least the back is pretty!  Maybe no one will notice the front.



I quilted it with some simple ribboning.  I always hear new quilters say, "I can only stipple".  Well, if you can stipple, you can ribbon.


First, stipple an area of your quilt.  
Don't get it too tightly quilted - you need to have lots of room to ribbon back.






 Now if you think of each stipple as a "bucket", you quilt back through the top of each bucket always aiming for the center bottom.  Then just echo your quilting into the next "bucket".









You want to do the same thing even through the shallow "buckets".  Try it on paper and you will see just how easy it is.



 Thanks Michele for the fun fabrics!  This quilt was a great distraction from all the older, boring projects I have been making myself finish up.

Happy Spring Everyone!


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May Finishes

27 comments:

Melissa Miller said...

I really do like everything about this quilt! Especially those colors. Nicely done! :)

Izzy said...

Love it! And if you hadn't mentioned the "variation", I wouldn't have noticed it. :-)

Quilt Musings said...

Love the colors!! I had to look three times before I figured out what you were talking about even after you pointed it out - no one will notice :) Thanks for the tip on the ribboning - looks very cool!

Barb said...

I absolutely LOVE your sign, and I would fall back on it often. Thanks for the little tutorial on the ribbons - makes perfect sense now that you put it that way.

katyquilts said...

Great sign! I wouldn't have noticed the block placement was wrong if you hadn't pointed it out! It is still a fabulous quilt.

Sandra Walker said...

Okay, first of all, it took me three careful looks to figure out WHERE is this mistake she's talking about? Then I saw the diagonal pattern...I do not think anyone will notice. Your eye jumps around quite nicely. Second, thank you for the ribbon idea! I'm just stippling my Summer Daze quilt, but 1/3 through I'm getting kind of bored even though I do love the zoning out and flowing feeling it gives me...so I might go back in a try this! Third, from what I am learning about you, with 4 days, you will probably have 40 tops ready to put on Pete when he's fixed!! You never cease to amaze me.

Beth said...

This turned out great. I would have never noticed had you not pointed it out and I went back to look! Fun to sew something from your winnings!

Jasmine said...

I love this quilt made from three main prints. We see so much scrappy that we forget how beautiful a limited number can be. Thanks for sharing with us. - PS. I love your variation.

Mokki said...

I love the springy colours in this quilt. Doing the variation blocks in right-block-wrong-colour just makes it look like a nifty design quirk. I didn't realise it was a mistake until you said! :) your ribbon quilting is awesome too! Thanks for showing us how to do it; I've logged it away for future opportunities to try it out.

Leanne Parsons said...

Beautiful quilt! The front looks great, mistake and all, and the fabrics are so pretty.

Alycia said...

It was a design modification lol -
I think it looks great!!

Jess (a.k.a. Rosie) said...

BEAUTIFUL colors!!! I love it!! Honestly, if you wouldn't have pointed out the mistake, I might have missed it. I don't know about quilting, but in knitting we call our mistakes "design features." Great job!

~ Jess ~
Everything Is Coming Up Rosie

Tracine Charest said...

I love how happy and bright the quilt looks. I am also so glad to realize I am not the only one to make design "modifications". Love the look of the Ribbon quilting

Michele said...

You are so, so welcome and I'm glad that the fun bright fabrics made you happy.

Kate said...

Love that quilting, I am definitely going to give it a try!!

Michelle Bartholomew said...

Love that sign! Your variation looks great! :) I really like those colors together, so fresh and spring-like.

Shauna said...

Love the sign, but if you hadn't pointed it out, I wouldn't have noticed the "variation". I think it is beautiful

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

gorgeous quilt! LOVE the ribboning. I'm definitely going to have to try that!

Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Terri said...

Love your quilt... of course you meant it to turn out exactly as it is... less predictable... you innovator, you.
Hugs

Susan at TheBoredZombie.com said...

lol, even after you told me it was "wrong" I couldn't find it immediately! I see what you mean, but I kind of dig it with the bit of random. :)

M-R Charbonneau said...

I like variations! That's a great way to put it. Great colours, Cynthia. Thanks for the tips about the ribbon quilting -- love that idea!

Valerie Reynolds said...

Cynthia...I love what you created with your win! Also... the addition of your picture to your profile looks great!:) Happy Mother's Day!

Vera said...

Great color combo and I love that quilting! Well done for a nice variation :)

Barbara Konkle said...

Visiting from the new group and LOVE the colors and the quilting! Btw, your name is awesome! Yes, anything is more fun than housework! :-)

Gretchen said...

I love the ribbon quilting - I will be using that soon!

Fort Worth Fabric Studio said...

Lovely quilt--those colors are fabulous! :) Thanks for the info on the ribbon quilting--I have never seen that before! :)

Thank you for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
-Lindsey
Fabric Frenzy Friday

SIMPLESEW said...

Hopping over from linky party Such a Sew and Sew. Lovely and a tutorial I needed.

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