Monday, August 03, 2009

Baby Bargello

After returning from my two-tournaments-lots-of-rain softball trips at the end of February and start of March, I knew I needed to get a baby quilt cranked out for the kid my brother and sister in law were expecting.

I had picked up a Baby Bargello kit at The Quilt Company on one of my previous trips up there. Karen, the owner, is an evil genius. I have trouble walking out of that store without a new kit on pretty much ANY trip to TQC. But I digress.

Right before the Hubster’s shoulder surgery, I got the kit cut out and started sewing. I vastly underestimated how much time the Hubster was going to require after his surgery, so I presented a basted-but-not-quilted gift at Erin’s baby shower.

I finally finished the thing last weekend.

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Because I knew that doing a traditional binding on this quilt would leave me stuck in the land of needing to finish yet another hand-sewing project, I put a faux binding on the top (I sewed a 1” strip of an appropriate stash fabric on all sides of the top) and quick-turned the thing through a hole I had basted in while piecing the backing. Easier to show you than explain, but there you go.

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Of course, I had just assumed that I had all the appropriate backing flannel in my stash. That wasn’t quite true, so there’s a square of plain white flannel on one corner of the back. Oops.

I tried to quilt this on my Brother 1500, but after roughly a week of not being able to quilt for more than about 18” between thread breakage, I resisted the impulse to throw the damn machine out the window, switched over to my Bernina 150QE and finished the whole thing in an hour or two.

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It has now been turned over to Ellie, my niece. Here’s hoping it’s dragged through the mud and puked on for years to come.

7 comments:

turtlegirl76 said...

OMG that quilt is SO PRETTY! I love the way it shifts colors. It looks like it took a lot of time to do. And your niece is well worth it!

Jenn said...

I love this, the color shift is fantastic!

Jen said...

This is such a beautiful quilt!

SJ said...

Just gorgeous! I hope she drags it around for years to come -- that's just the kind of quilt that she should still have when she goes off to college, even if by then it's a little worse for wear.

Heather said...

very nice! you are a finishing fiend!

Zonda said...

So pretty! I like your easy binding technique too :)

Bezzie said...

Oh that's gorgeous! I've never seen a Bargello in pastels--I guess that's what makes it "baby" though huh?! Ha ha!