Pour le bébé

As I type this, toothpicks are in my eyelids helping me stay awake for the sake of finally sharing this baby quilt finish. Because there’s no antidote for a tiring week like quilty goodness and a fresh finish!

Pour le bébé

QUILT STATS

  • The recipient: Sterling, a darling friend’s darling new baby boy (le bébé!)
  • Front Prints: Tsuru and Washi Tape by Rashida Coleman Hale, Bella and Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter
  • Front Solids: Kaufman Essex (White and Medium Aqua), Kaufman yarn-dyed Essex (Flax and Black), Kona Snow, Free Spirit Designer Solids in Gold, Pure Elements Solids in Nocturnal
  • Backing fabric: Minky (Cuddle Solid in Charcoal by Shannon Fabrics)
  • Binding fabric: Kaufman yarn-dyed Essex Flax
  • Batting: Warm and White 100% Cotton
  • Thread: White Auriful 50wt mako cotton
  • Machine pieced, quilted and bound by moi

Pour le bébé

I quilted my lines one inch apart into a giant zigzag with my walking foot. I started by marking and quilting the lines two inches apart (you can see my markings in a previous post), but it didn’t look dense enough so I went back and did another line of quilting between those (just eyeballing the center between existing lines). I’m glad I decided to do the additional quilting–it made a huge difference!

I love how, depending on the angle from which you’re looking at the quilt, you can either see the left set of lines, or the right, or both. In the picture directly above, you can only see the lines on the left, but in the picture directly below you can see both. Unintended yet magical.

Pour le bébé

Pour le bébé

Pour le bébé

And just like zat, we have quilt pour le bébé! Wishing everyone a fresh start to a great week!

Field Study Patchwork is finished!

Binding this quilt has been the extent of my sewing the last few weeks, but I’m so happy it’s finished!  As a matter of fact, it’s in the washer right MEOW.

Field Study Patchwork Quilt

THE STATS:

  • Front fabric: Field Study by Anna Maria Horner
  • Backing fabric: Loulouthi flannel by Anna Maria Horner
  • Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Wool (highly recommend!)
  • Binding fabric: Kaufman black yarn-dyed Essex
  • Machine pieced and bound by me
  • Quilted in infinity loops by the WONDERFUL Susan Santistevan of Modern Prairie Quilting

from Marta with Love - Field Study Patchwork Quilt

from Marta with Love - Field Study Patchwork Quilt

from Marta with Love - Field Study Patchwork Quilt

from Marta with Love - Field Study Patchwork Quilt

from Marta with Love - Field Study Patchwork Quilt

from Marta with Love - Field Study Patchwork Quilt

from Marta with Love - Field Study Patchwork Quilt

from Marta with Love - Field Study Patchwork Quilt

from Marta with Love - Field Study Patchwork Quilt

I serged my quilt’s edges after attaching the binding because the Essex frayed more than usual.  I’m glad I did because it cleaned up my edge nicely, making it easier to flip over and sew it to the front of the quilt (plus I feel like my binding is super secure so my quilt can last foreverrr!).

from Marta with Love - Field Study Patchwork Quilt

from Marta with Love - Field Study Patchwork Quilt

A whimsical quilt finish

I have finished a quilt (← NOT an April Fools joke).  I gave details and showed a sneak peak of the quilting previously, and now it’s done!  Glee!

Baby Whimsy Quilt - from Marta with Love

I’m not great at coming up with creative names for quilts, so help me out. In the meantime, since the main fabric collection in it is Modern Whimsy, I’m calling it Baby Whimsy.  Simple.

Baby Whimsy Quilt - from Marta with Love

I got fancy with this one and hand stitched the binding. Usually I’m impatient and machine stitch it because I am so close to finishing and want to wash and snuggle the quilt likeNOW, but after this one, I’ve resolved to finish more bindings by hand. It is soothing and gives the quilt a special touch. It’s worth the extra time (even if you unintentionally attach the binding in such a way as to land seams on not one but TWO corners).

Baby Whimsy Quilt - from Marta with Love

Baby Whimsy Quilt (back) - from Marta with Love

Baby Whimsy Quilt - from Marta with Love

Baby Whimsy Quilt - from Marta with Love

Baby Whimsy Quilt - from Marta with Love

Baby Whimsy Quilt - from Marta with Love

Baby Whimsy Quilt - from Marta with Love

I’m donating this quilt to the Children’s Hospital of Colorado Heart Institute for their Little Hearts silent auction and fundraiser happening later this month. I hope it sells and raises a few bucks for the deserving heart patients at Children’s.  (Ahem–speaking of raising money for Children’s Hospital of Colorado…  might I trouble you once more to vote in the Vail Ski Challenge and help them $150,000?  THANKS!!!)

Baby Whimsy Quilt - from Marta with Love

It is all wrapped up and ready for me to deliver it TODAY.  Yeow!!

P.S.  I just realized something.  This is my 13th quilt, and my first quilt of 2013!  Weeeeeeird.

Minky Blanket Tutorial

I just remembered I never posted about this minky blanket I made for a my guild friend, Peg! I was late giving it to her (how late? it’s February in Colorado yet my pictures show green grass –you do the math), so it’s only fitting I’m late to post about it.  Right?  Yes.

Minky Blanket Tutorial - from Marta with Love

I’m including a little tutorial, since you can never have too many pointers when sewing with minky dot fabric. I learn something new every time I sew with it! If I can save just one person from the cursing that ensues when you sew with this slippery sucker of a fabric, I’ve done my job.

Minky Blanket Tutorial - from Marta with Love

This is tutorial will help you with the method of construction. Your specific measurements will vary depending on the size blanket you want to use. I simply made a blanket whose length and width equaled the width of my dining room table! Easy, and the perfect size for a little babe.

First and foremost, I highly recommend pre-washing your fabric and minky backing before you begin. Any time you mix two types of fabrics with different shrink rates, it’s better to be safe than sorry. I did not pre-wash when I made Peg’s blanket and unfortunately when I saw it after she’d washed it I was pretty sad –it shrank weird. So sorry, Peg! Like I said, I learn something new with every project. I haven’t yet reached perfect quilter/sewist/crafter (a/k/a alien) status.

Now that we’ve established I’m human, let’s start. Lay your minky backing on your work surface, facing up, and smooth it out completely. Doing this on a table helps because the overhang keeps the fabric taught when you’ve smoothed it out.

Minky Blanket Tutorial - from Marta with Love

Lay your main fabric on the minky, facing down, then lay your batting on top and smooth out all wrinkles so you have a perfectly flat surface. Note: my main fabric was 44″ wide but the minky I used was 58″ so I had quite a bit of overhang. Which is fine, because I’ll cut it off after the next step.

Minky Blanket Tutorial - from Marta with Love

Now pin the living hell out of your sandwich. You will not regret this –you’ll only regret if you don’t pin enough! Treat this like a quilt and really baste it well. Minky shifts like crazy (especially this type of minky with the little knobs), so you need to stabilize! Then trim away any excess minky.

Minky Blanket Tutorial - from Marta with Love

To make your blanket a perfect square (or rectangle), here’s how you’ll line everything up.

Place your pinned blanket at the edge of your table, with at least 1/2″ hanging over. Notice my minky and fabric aren’t even, or straight, or pretty. The edge looks pretty yucky. That’s okay! Don’t fret.

Take something with a long, straight edge (I used a dowel I had left over from a home improvement project) and line it up with the edge of your table. Mark that line. I was very careful not to move (or roll) my dowel as I marked.

Minky Blanket Tutorial - from Marta with Love

Next you’ll pin along this entire line. You can place pins as close together as you want but I wouldn’t put more than 3 inches between each one. You really want everything to stay put when you sew on that line later on.

Minky Blanket Tutorial - from Marta with Love

Continue marking and pinning each side as you did above. You’re marking your blanket the same way you would cut fabric if you were squaring it up. Use the first line you marked–the one you know is straight–as a reference point to line up your other sides.

Minky Blanket Tutorial - from Marta with Love

Using your walking foot (more stabilization? yes, please), sew on the lines you marked, stopping with your needle down at each corner, turning and going around the entire perimeter of your blanket. Leave open about a 5″ gap on one side through which you will turn your blanket right side out. I leave my pins in and just sew over them, being careful not to hit them with my needle (I read this tip on Kelly’s blog). I find this does a better job of keeping everything in place than if you remove pins as you sew.

Now take out your ruler and trim yourself a beautifully straight 1/2″ seam allowance. This is why I said not to worry if your edges weren’t perfect. It’s so much easier to sew on a straight line and trim later than it is to try to line up MINKY with two other layers of material and maintain a perfect square. Ask me how I know.

Minky Blanket Tutorial - from Marta with Love

Turn your blanket right side out through the gap you left open before. Lay it back down on your table and take care to line up your edges nicely, smoothing out any wrinkles or shifting. Then pin it again, as before! You can still screw up your blanket at this point if you skip pinning because you still need everything stable when you top-stitch.

Minky Blanket Tutorial - from Marta with Love

Done pinning yet? Now you can top stitch around your whole quilt, folding in the fabric at your opening to create a pretty edge. Top-stitch about 3/8″ from the outside of the blanket.

I didn’t quilt this one because I wanted it super flowy and snuggly but if you want to quilt it you can do that now too. Otherwise, take out your pins and you’re done!

Minky Blanket Tutorial - from Marta with Love

That’s it for my minky blanket tutorial! Go forth and sew some minky. May the force be with you.

Minky Blanket Tutorial - from Marta with Love