Monday, 17 October 2011

Dotty Simple Stripes Quilt

I don't really like Monday, except when I finish a quilt!!

As I think it's rather modern I'm linking up to Sew Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations.


This is for my pregnant friend, I was going for unisex and I hope this will be ok! The quilt is based on Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter's pattern Simple Stripes Quilt. It turned out I didn't actually have enough fabric to make the whole quilt so I used six of the blocks and made some borders. I think it looks ok though!


The finished quilt is 36x46". I added an inner border 3.23" wide and used 28 6x6" squares round the edge for the outer border, I did need to trim my corners and they didn't match up perfectly but I wanted to use those cute rabbits in kimonos!!

I love the brightness and the fun fabrics of this quilt, I was also glad to get away from all the pink I've been using!


I backed it using a lovely dotty flannel, which is really soft and goes well with the top:



I quilted it really simply on the diagonal. There's so much going on I didn't think it could stand any of my fmq practice!!

I ran outside in between drizzle to get these pictures and, of course, my daughter followed and wanted to point out all the pictures she liked on the quilt:


Although I'm pleased with the quilting I'm still not sure the easiest way to do lines like this. I have a walking foot guide thingy but there's NO WAY that thing wouldn't jiggle all over the place - how do you stop them from moving?? Here's what I did:


I had to strap that sucker down to stop it from sliding around!! If I was a perfectionist this wouldn't work but thankfully I'm not (ok, not always!) and it did the job well enough for me.

Any tips please let me know... (I'm incredibly impatient so I can't be bothered marking etc, just wondering if people use these guides and how they get them to work?!!)

I'm also linking up to Making Christmas over at Rainbow Hare Quilts, I'm giving it to my friend on Wednesday although the baby is due in December and it's one more project crossed off my list!

18 comments:

  1. The quilt is very sweet! Congrats on the finish.

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  2. Hmmm, I not sure. My guide is really firm and doesn't slide around.

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  3. I can't believe how fast you whip out these quilts, girl! This is gorgeous. I love the color combo. Thanks for stopping by my blog today :)

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  4. I can't believe how fast you whip out these quilts, girl! This is gorgeous. I love the color combo. Thanks for stopping by my blog today :)

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  5. Oh such a happy quilt! I love it! I'm a sucker for dots so I think the backing is just yummy! :-) I can't provide much help with the guide thing, I have one but I haven't given it a try yet.

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  6. I love the colors and fabrics you used in this, Lucy! I haven't used my guide yet so I can't be of much help there. But I love the way you've MacGyvered yours! As long as it works, right?

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  7. Lucy, I love it! The fabrics are to die for. Your friend is going to love it too. Way to go!

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  8. What a lovely quilt, Lucy!
    I bought a book yesterday to read and learn about machine quilting; I might need it soon(er or later)...
    And I can learn a lot from you :>)
    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Totally cute! I love the green and all the fabrics. I've never used a guide like that, I didn't even know that existed!

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  10. Wow! Your quilt is absolutely fab! It's just perfect for a baby. Your friend will be thrilled! Thank you for linking up :)

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  11. Just gorgeous Lucy! And I totally love the green border that you added. Gives it a little oomph. Well done. :)

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  12. Hahhahahaa oh Lucy you kill me. I can't believe your guide is all slippery. What? Mine isn't like that so I don't know what to tell you... Um actually wait...yes I put mine in from the other side so that it is on the right when I am sewing (this photo is from the back right?) does it fit any better the other way???

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  13. Lovely quilt, I put my guide on the other side too, try it, that might be the cause of your wobble, lol

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  14. Absolutely love this quilt! :)

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  15. Beautiful combination of fabrics, Lucy. I love that fabric with the babies and the numbers... adorable. This gift will be treasured for sure. Lovely!

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  16. stunning quilt!!! love it and the diagonal quilting x

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  17. Looks great Lucy. I love the green. My guide is not that great either but I've only tried it once, so it could just be me!

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