Friday, August 14, 2015

baby row by row quilt--finished

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

A few weeks ago I stated that I would love to get down to 20 WIPs by the end of the summer. Well, that may seem unlikely, but any finish (without a subsequent start) is a step in the right direction!
This week I took some time to baste and straight line quilt this baby quilt. It's an alternate project in my craftsy class....I thought it would be nice to have a baby sized option in addition to the bed size quilt offered in the class.
I love that it shows a completely different color option than the first quilt (right). I never tire seeing how different colors change the look of a pattern! In fact, I have plans to make yet another row quilt (in the larger size) made with all Denyse Schmidt fabrics. I just need to find the right background fabric....and the time. Ha! (It's no wonder I have so many WIPs, right?)
I chose straight line quilting to finish it off and that decision always wages war with my perfectionist side. Whenever I am in the middle of straight line quilting, I wonder why I thought it was a good idea. My lines are rarely straight and it's not a very forgiving technique at all. I chose to do a little vertical stitching (in the zipper row), because I knew that if I continued with the horizontal stitching in that row, I would have all kinds of distortion. The bit of vertical stitching was definitely the right choice! I used Auriful 2600 (the perfect gray) thread for quilting, which works well with the white background and the bold solids.
For the backing, I used (rather than hoarded) this fabulous old Denyse Schmidt dot print. (It's from JoAnn's, copyright 2011.) I think it's one of my all time fabrics ever! I'm kind of smitten by those flying geese, too. They aren't my favorite to make, but they sure are pretty! I used an Art Gallery solid teal fabric for the binding. I thought it would be a pain to stitch (since the weave of the fabric is more dense than most quilting cottons) but it was actually quite pleasant. I love hand stitching a binding!
The quilt measures 36" x 48". I love how it turned out!
Also, I'm really, really loving my new found photography spots at a nearby park. When I was taking these photographs yesterday morning I had a few people ask "do you make those?", which I thought was kind of funny. I even had a guy ask "do you sell those?" No one called them quilts, but then again, no one called them blankets, either. So that's a win!

Now it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. Thank you, as always, for joining me for finish it up Friday. I really mean it! :)

57 comments:

Kat said...

Love the colors you used in the baby quilt! So pretty.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Love it!!! It's nice to find a good location for photos. I think your quilting looks great.

Bernie Kringel said...

A gorgeous finish Amanda. And, I am so glad no one called this a blanket! It is so much more than that.

Jessica said...

This is so lovely. Those colors! Great pics, too. I love when people ask about quilts!

Colleen Potter said...

Beauty ! Hopefully you had some business cards to hand out... if not, you should take some next time. Your quilts deserve all the attention they get. I would like to know the name of that grey dot background fabric - it's perfect. maybe you could tell us next time you use it. I hope to take your class once harvest is out of the way.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Gorgeous! I hate it when people call quilts blankets.

Sharon said...

Love your row quilt! looks like so much fun, and that dark one is so striking. great finish

amandajean said...

Colleen Potter,

The gray dot is Spot On by Robert Kaufman. I hope that helps!

And I hope that harvest goes well. I know how stressful that can be!

AJ

Cut&Alter said...

I love the colours in the baby sized quilt and the photo location! I haven't taken anything of mine on a photo shoot but the more I see quilts photographed in gorgeous locations the more I think I should do it!

Frances said...

That is a lovely project Amanda. I love your use of solids.

the momma said...

I love it!! And you're right ~ that gray polka dot is just perfect!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

great finish for your quilting!

Anna said...

I love seeing these together Amanda!!!! They're gorgeous. Congrats congrats!!!! :) hmmm, maybe I'll have to give one a try. Looks like fun and a really great quilt that has variety - love variety!!

Lorna McMahon said...

I must say how much I adore that solids version of this design. And those dots for the sashing really make them shine! Love the quilting. And yes a finish without a new start is a step in the right direction. Great pictures!

Quilter Kathy said...

A great photoshoot!
Comments from nonquilters are so fun!

Susanne vb said...

Sweet quilt and nice photography! The light is great eArLY in the morning, I can only imagine the dinner table convos of the other park goers..."there was this lady at the park this morning..." 😊

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

Gasp! these quilts are SO gorgeous. I especially love the darker one. The polkadot background agains the jewel tone solids is genius!

:) Kelly @ my Quilt Infatuation

Sherri @ RebeccaMaeDesigns.com said...

Congratulations on your class and the quilts are Adorable! Can't decide which colors I like best! Both are so pretty!

Angela Atkins said...

Love both of the quilts, and the park! I would love to have one of those close to my house.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Oh how I love this baby version--the solids, the polka dots and the binding--perfection!

SewPsyched! said...

Such a lovely spot for photos!! I love your pic with the reflection in the iron :)
Blankets!!! Hahaha, so true!!
XX!

Karen said...

That is a beautiful quilt!I REALLY like it.

Teresa Duryea Wong said...

Lovely quilt. Lucky baby! And beautiful photos.

Samantha said...

I love this color way! And I, too, love to hand stitch a binding. It's such a nice, contemplative way to finish a project...

excuseme23 said...

These quilts demonstrate perfectly just how beautiful simple piecing can be when you use the right fabrics, they create completely different looks and both are knockouts.

craftnook said...

I love the variety between the two quilts and the straight line quilting looks amazing. Congrats!

margaret said...

great look! i knew it was Friday all day but it doesn't seem like it should be. Where has this week gone?

craftnook said...

I love the variety between the two quilts and the straight line quilting looks amazing. Congrats!

Pat said...

I really like this version of your quilt. I signed up for the class but haven't started anything yet. That straight line quilting is terrific.

Penny Olive said...

Love your quilts! They are stunning. And I totally get the "blanket" thing! You put all your effort in to creating a stunning quilt and it gets called a "blanket"! Oh well! :)

Penny Olive said...

Love your quilts! They are stunning. And I totally get the "blanket" thing! You put all your effort in to creating a stunning quilt and it gets called a "blanket"! Oh well! :)

stitch quilt knit said...

They beautiful quilts. Really loving the rows!! :))

Shirley McLaurin said...

It looks delightful

KaHolly said...

What a delightful post! A lovely way to compliment showcasing such a beautiful quilt. I'm glad to hear someone mention distortion when straight line quilting. I'm a perfectionist, too, and even just a little bit of distortion was driving me crazy. I thought it was me. I thought I was doing something wrong. I mentioned it before, but I have to say again what beautiful colors. Superb photo shoot!

Anne Lowry said...

Your quilts are great. And I hear ya about the straight line quilting. Sometimes it can get wonky! I need to find a park here in Houston to take pics! Great idea...

Suzanne said...

I think it's really smart to have the same quilt done in different color palettes. There are many, many people who are only able to envision the pattern as it is shown and it's hard to convince those people that the same quilt will be strikingly different with another line of fabrics. I love your new photo spots.

Dorian said...

Oh I love it!! It makes me want to make an all solids quilt. I love the colors and the quilting is perfect for it. Great job!

Leanne said...

I really love both versions of this quilt but especially the solids one. I also love your photos. When I straight line quilt - which I do all the time - I plan for straightish lines in a modern industrial sort of look and then I achieve that every time. Perfectly straight is a very hard objective but straighish is really calm and comfortable.

Rene' said...

Both of your row by row quilts are fantastic! I love how they showcase the variety of options depending on your fabric choices. This is a reminder that I need to get back to watching your Craftsy class! Your new photo shoot location is so beautiful! How nice to have such a pretty park nearby. I sometimes feel intimidated by photographing quilts when "strangers" are nearby. I guess I should get over that. I am glad to hear that your "strangers" didn't call your lovely quilts blankets. Enjoy your weekend!

Marla said...

The baby quilt version is wonderFul, and I love the setting for your photo shoot.

Daytona Damsel said...

Your quilt turned out great! I like the straight line stiting very much. I like you get a little OCD when I do them on machine so I mostly do straight lines when hand quilting. This would make a great wall hanging in a contemporary industrial decor. Debbie

Kathleen C said...

Oh, how I wish I had your skill/talent for fabric & color selection! Both quilts are gorgeous!

onmycreativeside said...

I'm not quilting right now, so I don't have a linkup, but I just love your work!

More specifically, I love the hands holding the quilt on the first picture! I get my son's hands sometimes in photos... I have got to figure out how to do the better. Or not! I just love the realism and to know there are folks out there just like me!!!

Quilt n Queen said...

Gorgeous quilts...I love the Denyse Schmidt dots...I'm still hoarding my dots!! Love your new found photography spots. Enjoy your weekend!! Happy stitching!!

Debbie said...

I really like the straight line quilting. It doesn't detract from the pattern.

quiltzyx said...

The quilts are gorgeous & I think the straight line quilting looks great too! I am a fan of the 35-porch rule. Hang the quilt on your porch & drive by at 35mph. If you can't see the problem then, everything is fine!!

margaret said...

so very colourful bright and cheerful,

gnomeangel said...

Fabulously sublime. The use of bigger sized block and a lovely rich palette of solids. Love it!

dutchcomfort said...

You’ve found such a great spot to make photoshoots of your quilts! Love the solid version!

dutchcomfort said...

You’ve found such a great spot to make photoshoots of your quilts! Love the solid version!

Gunilla said...

What a wonderful quilt! And I also love the pictures of the surroundings. Beautiful!

Hayley Nation-Smith said...

Absolutely stunning quilt. I am really enjoying looking around your blog for the first time today. The world of blogging has really opened me up to so many different crafts! Will have to try one of your tutorials.

Julie said...

Your 'new' spot is perfect to show off those finishes! I agree flying geese aren't fun to make, but they sure are effective in that quilt.

Julie @ Pink Doxies

cindy said...

Love the straight line quilting..... No it cannot be perfect but it is handmade!!! I just call it "organic quilting" to explain the imperfections!!!

Denise - Jewelry By Denise said...

LOVE the colors! I've favorite the class in my craftsy account, now to just finish my ever growing mound of wips, and not just sewing, to maybe tackle this at some point. Just absolutely beautiful!

Gayle said...

Lovely quilts! I'm hoping you can get back to me and answer a question. When you do your straight line quilting, do you do every single row from top to bottom? Or do you alternate - like every other one top to bottom, then bottom to top? I'd like to try this myself, but worry about it turning out wonky. Thanks so much.

Rachel @ Quiltineering said...

The colors are fantastic in this version! I actually just purchased some of those same colors for a different quilt but I haven't started it yet. Your quilt is giving me inspiration!