30 Mar

Another Quilt Along!

First off, thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my book giveaway post! I love reading each and every one. And, there’s still time to comment on that post, if you haven’t done so already, and get a chance to win “my” book and a lovely bundle of Hawaiian fabrics.

On to other fun stuff. I’ve been having my own little quilt along here with the Aloha Pineapple quilt, but I also found another quilt along I couldn’t resist. Cherry House Quilts was making a simple, striking, small, quilt that just plain appealed to me. The small size meant that if I could find appropriate fabrics in my stash, I could join the quilt along without disrupting all my other projects (too much).

Cherry House Quilt Along

All the little squares are from my scrap bins — I just kept grabbing pieces until I had enough, not paying tooooooo much attention which, or how many, colors I had. Only one square from each fabric though, so it’s kinda like a charm quilt. Then I laid all the squares out and rearranged them until I liked the columns. There’s some stuff in there you wouldn’t intentionally put together.

Cherry House Quilt Along

Cherrie’s example had straight line quilting, which looks great, but I knew I could do that. So, I decided i’d try something still geometric, but with a little contrast. I drew the center circles (sort of evenly distributed all over the quilt) with a water soluble marking pen and then carefully followed the line with the walking foot. For each successive circle, I lined up the edge of the foot with the previous line. As the circles got bigger, and the curve less extreme, the quilting went easier. Of course, pulling the quilt, even gently, around those curves resulted in some distortion. I basted with safety pins, so maybe this would be the kind of situation where spray-baste would be more appropriate. I switched thread colors every 3 to 5 rounds. I also worked on all the circles at once, adding rings all over until I liked the sizes and overlaps. I did not plan at the outset how large each one would be. So, there’s some puffs and a few unsightly tucks, but it’s all part of the learning process.

Cherry House Quilt Along

Overall, I like this quilt very much. When I was mostly done with it, Cherrie put out a call to quilters for baby quilts for the Early Head Start program in Boston where one of her daughters is a nurse in training. I was happy to send this perfectly baby-sized quilt in response. I hope that it gets spit-up on a and dragged around and loved and no one will care that the quilting is not perfect because it’s just a nice warm place to be swaddled in. I didn’t put a label or name on it because I just wanted it to go out into the world and be. But here, I think I’ll call it “Charming Puddle.”

21 thoughts on “Another Quilt Along!

  1. Your circular quliting design looks great with the graphic qualities of the square. Any baby would be proud to be wrapped in it.

  2. OMG, yummy. It’s simple but intricate! I love the quilting K, just awesome.

    Thank you for making a donation quilt.

  3. Wow, how beautiful! This is really stunning. I love the eye-catching snatches of color on the gray, and how the quilting is so prominent, orderly and still unpredictable. Gorgeous.

  4. Wonderful small quilt, Kristin — I saw this on Cherry House and it appealed to me, too. What a fun way to use those scraps!

  5. I really like the circular quilting. I have been so drawn to circular things on quilts. Have done one quilt class where we actually set in the circles, not applique. I also purchased the “Orbital View” kit recently, really cool with the gelato fabrics. Did I say I am obsessed with circles on quilts? I might just have to do something with the ideas you used on this quilt too! Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. As Karen Lachance commented on your last post, you can spot your style every time. I took a look at the original Quilt Along photos and you really put your own stamp on this design. Lovely colour scheme. I’m sure a baby will be made very happy to cuddle up in this.

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