Friday, April 26, 2019

Winter Stars Baby Quilt

Note:  All products in this post were given to me by Island Batik as part of their Ambassador program.


As I mentioned earlier this month, our April Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to make a baby quilt using the Accuquilt  Ready. Set. Go! Ultimate fabric cutting system.  There are lots of free patterns on the Accuquilt website, and I chose GO! Star Delight pattern.


I used the Icicle Batiks collection from Island Batik for the stars and an Island Batik Neutral in Custard (a light yellow with a light blue print) for the background.  Cutting the fabric was a quick process using the dies.  I never thought I'd enjoy a cutting system, but I'm already trying to scheme figure out how to buy more dies.


I'm trying my best to name my quilts this year, so this is Winter Stars.  I choose this pattern because I wanted to practice my free-motion quilting.  But then when it came to quilting, I had no ideas.  😊  After some suggestions from a few other Ambassadors, I had a plan.  I decided to use a contrasting thread colour -- Aurifil thread #4150 Creme Brule (variegated).  I (attempted) to quilt curves in the triangles and 4-patches -- definitely need some practice.  Some swirls in the background 4-patches, and wishbones in the other background square.


I used Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 Cotton/Poly Blend batting.  This is the batting that I normally use, and I love it.  There may be several (okay lots...okay many...) packages of batting in my house -- I like to stock up when Michaels has a 50% off coupon.  LOL


My quilting is definitely not perfect, but I enjoyed the practice.


I seem to know a lot of people with a baby on the way, so it won't take long for this quilt to be gifted.


Thank you to Island Batik, Accuquilt, Aurifil, and Hobbs Batting for the supplies.  This was a fun challenge.


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10 comments:

  1. What a great baby quilt to have on hand to gift. Did you quilt this on your longarm or a domestic machine?

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  2. Beautiful batik stars. You're doing a great job on freehand quilting too!

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  3. Hi Anja, your Winter Stars quilt is lovely and a perfect opportunity to practice your FMQ. If you have time, please link up to Free Motion Mavericks :-)

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    1. Thanks so much for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks!

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  4. Beautiful baby quilt! Your fmqing is looking good.

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  5. It's beautiful, Anja. Winter Stars is a perfect name. Love your quilting too.

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  6. It a wonderful quilt and the quilting is coming along nicely. Washing the quilt will "remove" what the critical quilter eye sees as mistakes. I too, am really branching out in the quilting and look forward to watching your progress too!

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  7. Ysy for FMQ practice! Great name for this quilt. I too, am bad at naming my quilts. You have inspired me to start trying. :)

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  8. Custard fabric and creme brûlée thread—yummy quilt! I think your quilting looks great, and a baby will love it. My rule is no picking out stitches unless my tension totally fails, and washing is my go-to for falling in love with a quilt after FMQ practice. Usually I just end up with texture, and all those stitches that I think aren’t good enough disappear into the quilt.

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