Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A tiny finish

Not very much has been accomplished this week as I've been under the weather with a head cold.  But I did manage to finish up this little doll quilt yesterday.  The quilt began with the cast-off triangle scraps from the snowball blocks of the Easter baby donation quilt posted in January's NewFOs.
The HST's finishing at one inch were then stitched into pinwheel blocks.  There were enough for 18 little blocks that I decided to arrange into a little strippy style quilt.  After auditioning several sashing/border fabrics, this bright yellow from the scrap bin really begged to jazz things up, and the chocolate brown binding to wrap around everything seemed like just the ticket for this springtime/Easter theme.   It pretty much screams chocolate covered peeps, wouldn't you say?!
Here is the back, from a piece of vintage fabric in my stash.  The quilt was made entirely from small bits and pieces left over from some previous projects and inherited stash.
The quilt finished at 11 x 15-1/2 inches, and was pieced on my Singer 301A.  The Janome Horizon was used to stitch in the ditch around the pinwheel blocks and the simple free motion stitching in the sashing and borders. 
Since being introduced to Aurifil thread during SewCalGal's Free Motion Quilt Challenge last year, I've found myself increasingly using it almost exclusively, especially the 50 weight.  I really like it, and it works beautifully in all my vintage machines that I've tried it thus far, as well as the new Janome.  I even used it for my first machine applique project last month, and it was great.  I've also experimented some with the 40 and 28 weights, and recently heard that the 28 weight is great for hand quilting.  Will be trying it for handquilting my next little project.  (By the way, I have no affiliation with Aurifil other than spending quite a few of my retirement dollars in the last year adding to my thread color stash!)

This little quilt will soon be on its way to our 3 year old granddaughter, so she'll have a little something special while big brother opens his birthday presents later this month.


  1. Your little creation is so stinkin' cute! Love it!!
    I was introduced to Aurifil through the same FMQ Challenge and I, too, love it. At the time, no local shops carried it, but I've now found two local sources who have started bringing it in. : )

  2. That quilt is precious. I keep thinking about buying some Aurifil since I keep reading how nice it is.

  3. This is sooooo cute and a great use of scraps. I hope you are feeling much better.

  4. Very cute! I love Aurifil thread, too.

  5. Very adorable, granddaughter will be thrilled to pieces at thoughtful Grandma's gift. A special item that can travel thru childhood with her and on into adulthood as a dresser cloth. Had one for years that a friend had given me. So sweet.


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