Monday, February 13, 2012

SPARKLE PUNCH QUILT & A CHALLENGE~COMPLETE

You may have figured out by now that I love challenges, especially sewing challenges.  You see, I am a bit of a procrastinater (the kind that waits until the day of a baby shower to finish up binding on the gift and then puts it in the wash 1 hour before the shower and then her washing machine gets stuck on the spin cycle with 7 minutes left and then she is an hour late to the shower...yep, that's me!).  So, when Amy of Amy's Creative Side (LOVE HER!!!) posted another One Thing, One Week challenge I was all over it.  Of course, it always helps when you have a project that needs to be completed anyway. 

Thanks to my middle monster, Sam, for holding this up for me in the cold wind!
This little baby quilt was lovingly made for my cousin's precious bun~in~the~oven, Alexandra.  I knew when I saw this quilt I wanted to make one like it.  When Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson! announced she was hosting a QAL (quilt~a~long) using her pattern for the quilt I jumped at the opportunity. 

Back in November I asked my cousin to bring the curtains for her darling baby's nursery to Thanksgiving dinner (I am typically not this organized, seriously!).  I compared the colors to my Robert Kaufman Kona Solids color swatch board and matched the solids up with some prints I had in my stash.  I think it matches the curtains pretty perfectly!

This picture shows truer colors than the ones taken outside

For the back I cut different width strips of the Kona Cottons...grass green, tangerine, dark violet, papaya, bright pink, jade green, peach & snow (some purchased at Fabric.com & some at Hobby Lobby).


You are probably thinking that the quilting is a little crazy.  Well, it is.  I did it on purpose though.  I haven't dove into the world of FMQ (free motion quilting) so that wasn't an option for me.  The random straight lines reminded me of falling stars so I went with it ;) For the binding, I used this super cute black fabric with itty bitty white polka~dots.  I just fell in love with it (seriously, it makes me giddy!). 

Oh, I almost forgot!  I tried my hand at a little hand embroidery, or maybe it is hand stitching, I am not really sure.  Either way, it didn't turn out horribly and I think it added that little something special every quilt needs.  I kept telling myself that all of the mistakes gave it more character ;)

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I want to thank Amy for keeping my behind in gear on this project and Elizabeth for providing the inspiration.

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!!

Smiles~Beth

16 comments:

Katy Cameron said...

Love this baby quilt version, especially with the phrase at the top :o) I was also thinking of doing the stars scattered like that, ever since I saw them on her design wall that way!

Charming's Mama said...

Nicely done. I like what you did with the pattern and color placement.

Mom2RyandSis said...

Great quilt! Love the hand stitching and the binding is too cute!!

Claire Jain said...

I love the sparkle stars in the diagonal, and that quilting is great!

The Thompsons said...

It's such a beautiful quilt! Love the back as well and I love the random lines- I've done that on table runners, but never on a quilt- I really love the look of it. I may just have to give it a try.

hueisei said...

I love your baby quilt.. I loves the color you used for the background too...

Kirsten N said...

Love the bright stars and your handstitched words are beautiful!

Mary Anne Drury said...

Hi Beth .... first of all, thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your nice comment!

Second of all, are we related? I am the QUEEN of the PROCRASTINATORS and can relate to ever situation you described ... been there, done that !

Third of all , you did a GREAT job on that quilt !!!!!!! and the machine quilting is the perfect compliment to the stars AND the hand stitching is wonderful !!!

Lee Ann L. said...

This is way too cute! And congrats on being the winner at Amy's Creative Side. :-) (I'm going through the links in the linky party :-)

mennikelly said...

What a gorgeous quilt. I love the bright colors you chose.

Sew Country Chick said...

That is so lovely and I like the words embroidered on too. Thanks for sharing!

Nicole said...

Absolutely adorable! I love how you used the negative space to show off the stars. And that embroidery is beautiful and perfect for the quilt.

Jennie said...

I really love this quilt. That QAL is on my list. Sigh. Someday, but I've got a quilt in the washer . . .

Heather said...

Oh, I just LOVE it!!! The colors truly are perfect and the embroidered words are an awesome finishing touch. What a great quilt for the new baby! It will be so loved... :o)

All Done said...

Lovely!

Mallory B. said...

I love the quilt so much and I know Alexandra will, too! It really does match her room just perfectly :) Thanks again, Beth -- you are the best :)