My postage stamp quilt is complete! I used PS I quilt’s Quilt-a-long instructions to make this quilt. It was fun and time intensive, but it was one of those quilts that I knew I had to make.
A while back, I bought a LOT of Holly Holderman’s Dolly dresses fabric, and so I chose all of the orange, yellow, pink, and red prints to make this quilt. After making all of the blocks, though, I decided that I needed to make it a bit bigger, so I added orange and yellow squares to make a scrappy looking border.
Then I used the same prints for the backing.
I guess you can say I finally put a dent into my HH’s DD pile 🙂 I did use one additional print, a fat quarter, or coral fabric with little white dots.
I used a similar print for the binding of the quilt, but it had larger dots. I love how these dots frame the quilt in a playful and youthful way.
This quilt, before washing, was 69.5 inches by 89.5 inches. After washing, it was 65.5 inches by 85.5 inches. It is a bright and beautiful quilt, and I am so glad that I made it! Thanks for visiting!
I used the pink and green stripe fabric to bind the quilt.
I used a butter-yellow colored thread to machine quilt my quilt in a free motion meandering pattern. I’m glad I chose the yellow. Light enough to blend with the white, but it doesn’t look stark against the color fabrics like white normally does.
I am very satisfied with how this quilt turned out, and I have decided to try my luck and sell it on etsy.
My daughters were big helpers and held the quilt for me while I took the first few pictures. Then, after they left, my son felt it was his turn to help me.
It’s so great to have such willing helpers!
So, I figure this will be my last quilt of the year. Here are all the other quilts I made in 2010.
I’m making a quilt for my mom. It is going to be a big project.
This is what the piles of pieces look like:
Sewing will begin tomorrow. So much sewing. So much ironing. So much pinning.
After all of that cutting, I had to decompress by making a baby quilt quilt top.
Same main idea. This quilt will be a little different than the king sized one I’m making, though, because I have decided to make this baby quilt using a jelly roll.
A Jelly Roll is a group 20 of fabric strips 2.5 inches wide and approximately 42 inches long, usually with 10 different coordinating fabrics. USUALLY. I actually used a little more than a jelly roll. I needed 22 strips of fabric, so I cut two 2.5 inch strips of 11 fabrics from selvedge to selvedge. If you have a jelly roll, you may also need to add two 2.5 inch strips of another coordinating or complimentary fabric. I also needed a yard and a half of background solid fabric. I chose white. From this white fabric, I cut (from selvedge to selvedge) a 2.5 inch strip, two 4.5 inch strips, and six 6.5 inch strips.
I needed to make four basic blocks.
I needed thirty-six “edge” blocks (4.5 x 6.5 inch background fabric, three 2.5 x 2.5 squares of jelly roll fabric)
I needed nine 6.5 inch x 6.5 inch background (white) fabric
I needed sixteen nine-square blocks with background (white) square in the middle (each square 2.5 x 2.5)
I needed twenty L shape blocks (4.5 x 4.5 background square, and five 2.5 x 2.5 jelly roll squares)
Each of these blocks, after sewn to completion, should be 6.5 x .6.5 inches squared.
You could cut your jelly rolls into 2.5 x 2.5 inch pieces first, and then begin piecing them together. I chose to go the easy way and strip pieced my jelly rolls. I chose three strips of fabric and sewed them together, and then after ironing, I cut these into 2.5 inch strips, resulting in these 2.5 x 6.5 inch strips.
While sewing the jelly roll strips together, I tried to make sure that if I put one fabric on the center of a trio, that I put the same fabric on the outside of a trio, that way when I had to match blocks side by side, I was less likely to have matching fabrics next to each other. I also strip pieced the white 2.5 x 2.5 inch strip with two jelly roll strips to make the nine-patch blocks. You’ll notice that each 2.5 x 2.5 white square has a pink/brown stripe square opposite a pink jacks square. That was my center trio.
To make the L shape blocks, I strip pieced a duo of fabrics. You’ll notice almost every L shape piece has a green striped fabric next to a pink polka dot print. That was my duo (2.5 x 4.5). Add that to a 4.5 x 4.5 square and a trio, and you have an L shape block.
The white 4.5 inch sashes were further cut into 4.5 x 4.5 blocks. My two 4.5 sashes only made 14 blocks, so I used the extra 6.5 sashes to make another two 4.5 x 4.5 blocks.
The white 6.5 inch sashes were further cut into nine 6.5 x 6.5 blocks, and thirty six 6.5 x 4.5 inch strips.
After all of the sewing, I arranged them on the floor, making sure to avoid putting matching fabrics side by side, and to make sure that the colors were evenly distributed.
Then I pieced all of the blocks together.
The resulting quilt top is 54.5 x 54.5 inches.
I could see this pattern working well for a boy quilt, with maybe a darker background fabrics, and more reds and oranges and blues and greens…
I could also see using this pattern for a fun twin quilt. You’d need a lot more jelly rolls 🙂
I’m still debating how I should quilt the back….
Oh, and my inspiration for these quilts?
Looks like TV is good for something (and thank goodness for DVR and phone cameras!).
I mentioned in the previous post that I was pretty excited about a new baby quilt that I was making. This was my inspiration for the colors:
This is my baby’s outfit, only when I was inspired by it, it was very dark in the room. So, the brown flowers didn’t look brown at all. They looked black, and I LOVED it.
So, here is the quilt:
Sorry about the blurry picture! My phone camera just doesn’t want to focus on this thing.
Not bad for false inspiration, huh?
The binding really pops out from this thing. I did something different when I bound this one. I used pins. I pinned the binding to the quilt one side at a time and then sewed the binding onto the quilt to make sure it was perfectly straight. I think the extra effort was worth it in the overall look of the quilt.
Remember how I was testing my machine to see what exactly was it’s problem? Well, it sews straight stitch through cotton just fine. So, the problem is either free motion quilting, or free motion on cotton. I used a different brand of cotton this time (Warm and Natural–I am a fan!) so that is yet another variable. If I can do free motion quilting on warm and natural cotton batting, then I’ll know that the problem was in the brand of cotton batting that I purchased.
Here is the pieced quilt top before basting or machine quilting
Quilting the three layers together with a crisscross straight stitch and stitching in the ditch.
My favorite part of this quilt is the back. I purchased two rolls of large floral remnant fabric of the same print from JoAnn. I have seen this fabric MANY MANY times and I love it. It is hard to quilt with large print fabrics because each piece is a small piece of a larger picture and can be visually confusing. I think large prints can be best displayed on the backs of the quilts.
Here is the bottom. I love it!
Next experiment will be: Free motion with polyester. I might also do a piecing test…with half rectangle triangles.