Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Whimsy Time

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I love this quilt!  And that says a lot coming from someone who doesn't really care for pink.  I have a few pink-ish shirts that I wear to work sometimes and I always get asked if I'm feeling alright when I wear pink instead of my typical and more conservative darker colors.


This quilt just screams spring to me... the ducks... the sheep

The bunnies...

l carefully cut to avoid any unfortunate fussy-cut beheading incidents. ;)
Each print comes from Laurie Wisbrun's Modern Whimsy line.  She graciously sent me each print in the line to play with.  And my goodness... sewing with organic cotton is amazing!  It also quilts beautifully and crinkles up and is super soft.


I quilted it with a simple stipple with my new sewing machine.  It quilts wonderfully... it was so much fun and I usually don't say that about stippling!  Now that I've got a good handle on how the machine quilts, I'm excited to branch out and start trying some other free motion techniques.


I backed it with a vintage sheet that I've been holding on to for a long time.  I think it's perfect and so soft.
I think I'm returning to pin basting.  I love how easy it is to quilt without removing pins but I don't like how basting gums up my needle {even though it says that it doesn't}.  If it does that to my needle then I'm worried about what it could do to the rest of my machine.  Surprisingly enough, it didn't take that long to pin and I didn't end up with any wrinkles in the backing either.

It's bound with the green circles from Whimsy and I'm really pleased with the green against the pink.  I think it's a nice contrast and keeps the quilt from going over-the-top-pink.  I hand stitched the binding to the back which is still one of my favorite parts of making a quilt.


The blocks are traditional hourglass blocks which have roots in "quilt code".  Basically, a quilt with hourglass blocks would be hung in the window indicating that it was safe to travel and the color of the block told which time of day was the safest.  I know there's some controversy over whether this code actually existed but it's still a fascinating story.  Edited to add: in keeping with wanting to learn more about the history of quilting, I'll be including more snippets of info as I research the quilt designs I'm using.

Things I learned:
- I hate to pin when I piece but I made myself do it and was reminded that it's well worth it
- I despise basting with pins but I'm going to go back to this method. Pinning didn't take that long...
- I love my new Juki sewing machine.  It makes quilting so much easier!
- I still prefer hand stitching my binding.
- I learned a little bit about the history of the quilt code.
- I love working with organic fabric!  It can be pricey but it's worth it!

Quilt stats:
- Measures 44"x 52"
- Prints are from Laurie Wisbrun's Modern Whimsy line
- The batting is bamboo
- Solid is Kona Medium Pink

This adorable quilt is for sale here and would make the perfect spring baby quilt.  I'd hold on to it myself but all the babies due around us are boys...

Linking up for Fabric Tuesday & Finish it up Friday!



19 comments:

randi--i have to say said...

Very pretty, Jennifer! Such great colors!

knottygnome said...

i really like that quilt even though i am also not a pink person. i'm pretty sure i have that exact vintage sheet in my stash. great idea to use it for a quilt. i was going to make a dress with mine eventually (but haven't yet b/c i'm not a pink person). :-)

Toni said...

So pretty, Jennifer! And I totally agree about it being a perfectly spring-y quilt. Alas, all we seem to be having around here are boys, too, but I love the girlyness of it!

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

I have that same sheet that I'm using on the back of a quilt as well. Love those super soft sheets for backing. And your quilt, while being pink, is beautiful. :)

Heather D. said...

What a sweet little quilt Jennifer.

Nanette Merrill said...

I love this quilt too. I have it bookmarked to look at. It just is so pretty.

euphoria said...

this is beautiful!! I love the pink solid too!!!

Alli said...

Hehehehe! I went back and read your fussy-cutting-beheading post -- that was so funny! Oh oh, and after you wrote about your new machine earlier, I went over there (thanks for including the link!) and got myself one, too! I'm still waiting for it to arrive, but I've got a quilt waiting for it when it gets here. :>

Laurie Wisbrun | Scarlet Fig said...

I am simply in love with your quilt. And laughed out loud at the bunny beheading precautions. :)

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is so cute, Jennifer. Interestingly, I hardly ever sew with pink, yet it is the most prevalent color in my stash. Hmmmm.

SameliasMum said...

It is a lovely quilt. Very girly and I'm sure it will make a little girl very happy.

I like pink, but rarely ever sew with pink either.

Three Sisterz said...

That is gorgeous! I love it b/c it's so bright and happy.

I'm curious about organic fabric now that you've said it is so amazing.

Thanks for sharing.


Courtenay

Ally said...

Super Pretty Jen... I love the soft pink...
Im not a fan of pinning while piecing either but your right.. its totally worth the hassle..
Try pin basting your quilts on your ironing board.. I have started doing this and find it much less back breaking!
Ally
www.quiltingmumma.blogspot.com

Deborah said...

Oh, how I love this quilt! And the vintage sheet is so perfect! Deb. :o)

Latane Barton said...

that is a really precious little quilt. I love pink... it makes me feel so 'girly'.

SoSarahSews said...

Very whimsy. very cute!

Nicole said...

Beautiful, Jennifer! This pattern would make a great i-spy quilt. And I agree with you that organic cotton is wonderful to work with. It makes me wonder what's in the regular cotton that there's such a big difference?!?

Beth said...

I LOVE everything about this quilt! And I agree with you about pinning - I usually skip it but pay the price so I think I need to start again.

Carla said...

it's beautiful. Love all that pink.

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