Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sweet Flannel Baby Quilt

As many of you know, I don't get very many really simple quilts.  I seem to quilt one custom after another, which does get tiring.  It's a mental game.  Sometimes it really is nice to have a quilt that is just not calling for the "over the top" custom treatment.  Erin sent me this baby quilt.  It's (give or take) 45"x55", and is made from the nicest flannel fabrics.  She did a nice job on the appliques.  She asked for something a little simpler, as overquilting the flannel would have made it stiff.
I still wanted to make the quilt as cute as possible - childlike and sweet.  I have done several quilts like this one, with a scene at the top of a pieced section.  I knew that the spray of free-flowing feathers would look great -- kind of like the wind above the characters.  Dontcha just love the whim of the chick's wings (especially #3!)?!

The pup needed a little something else, so he got a collar with a heart.
 And each of the three puppies sitting (or sleeping) within the section of squares, got an alphabet block to perch on.  This treatment seemed fun and whimsical when I did it, and has brought me SO many comments from my facebook buddies about how great it looks.  I really love sleepy here...
 You can see the blocks a little better from the backside.  
 It's not exactly an edge-to-edge by a longshot, and it's not exactly simple.  But the design ideas flowed out of me like a faucet on this quilt so it just came together easier, simpler, faster.  Struggling on what to quilt takes time and energy, and I love it when that does not happen.  Hopefully the owner will like it as much as I do :-)

I took yesterday off to putter on my mosaic floor quilt.  I have a 112" custom staring me in the face, and I decided I needed a couple days to get it loaded and review my plans, rather than diving right into the quilting of it yesterday.  Go figure, the day you take off from quilting is the day you receive 2 more custom quilts to quilt!  Talk to you soon...

6 comments:

LynCC said...

It's so adorable - there's no way she won't love it! You're just so talented, Margaret - your skills will always be needed. :) An exhaustion and a validation both at the same time, I'm sure.

Susan Lawson said...

that's adorable!

Leeanne said...

You did a magic job, I love the ABC blocks.

Bianca said...

Love your work!! I've been following you for a long time, admireing the gorgeous quilting you do. For a home quilter and doing all my quilting myself on a simple machine, I could never achieve the lever you're at, but I can certainly try.
Over here there aren't much long arm quilters (maybe 3 or 4 good ones) but they don't even come close to what you make. If they did, I would let them quilt my tops too!!
Love the flannel babyquilt and how you quilted it.
Thank you for sharing your art.
Bianca

Heidi Grohs said...

OMG Margaret! I BOW to you!!!!

Karen McCorkle said...

Adorable!!