Wednesday, 28 May 2014

3rd FAL finish, 3rd quilt

Yep, you read that title right, this is my third finish out of five for the 2014 FAL (Finish Along).  You can see my original goal setting post here.

Finish Along 2014


I finished Jacob's quilt!  This is for his "big boy bed", he turned 2 in March.  You know what, I meant to measure it, but I forgot and I've handed it over to him now...  ooops.

Looking back through my posts, it seems I started in February, so it hasn't taken me long at all. 


The pattern is Jungle Path, it's a free pattern found on Moda Bakeshop and designed by Jessica of SewCraftyJess.  I used Scoot by Riley Blake.  I bought some fat quarters, a metre for the backing and a metre for binding.  Yes, I was very stupid wasn't I!  I can't believe I thought that would be enough fabric...


Here is the back - the big piece in the bottom left is the metre of backing...  I paper pieced his name using Just My Type Lowercase by the very talented Kristy.  Every kid loves having their name on things, and I know he's too young to read, but I'm hoping this quilt will last him a few years.  The photos above were taken at the last meeting of The East Midlands Quilty Moderners Guild at StitchCraft.  I love this venue for our meetings, the food is great and there's a shop on site!  The lovely, and very tall, Liz was my able assistant. 


I used a scrappy binding, the left overs from some of the blue and white prints.  I love a good scrappy binding.  I threw the quilt in the washing machine and then the drier that night, and here is Mr CA holding it up in our garden the next day.


As I said, I started it in February and the piecing went very quickly.  I pieced the backing at a QG meeting, must be about 12 weeks ago, then basted it at the same meeting.  It then sat for ages as I was intending to FMQ it and my darning foot snapped.  In the end, I realised Jacob was coming up for a visit and I wanted it done.  Out came the walking foot.


I quilted in a giant square spiral, starting from the second left block on the third row so the spiral is offset.  due to the business of the prints, it's not very obvious, and neither are my extremely "organic" straight lines!  I only had a few thread ends to bury (yep, I decided to do it properly this time and not just backstitch) as the spiral started going off the edge after the first bobbin.


I pieced it with Guttermann in white, then the quilting was done in a pale blue cotton thread.  I bought a job lot from Abakhans at one of the craft shows, they're Molinsk or something...  The thread is very, very strong so I was happy to use it.


So there we go, my third FAL finish and my third quilt.

Ladies of the EMMQG, I think I'd like to change my statement that "I am NOT a quilter"...


Stat:
Quilt top pattern: Jungle Path
Back: Improv with name paper pieced in Just My Type Lowercase
Fabric: Riley Blake Scoot
Size: taller than me, about single bed size
Thread: Guttermanns, Molinsk
Time taken: 3 months start to finish
Binding: Scrappy
Quilting: by me, on my machine, offset square spiral


18 comments:

Sarah in Stitches said...

Excellent job! It looks perfect. You did such a good job with the back too that I thought it was intentional! :D

Rachel said...

I think you're going to have to admit to being a quilter! It looks good, and if the lines are a bit wonky in places, as you say, it won't show against the busy fabric patterns, and I'm sure Jacob won't mind!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

LOVE this quilt, Wendy... the design, the colours and the quilting!!! Oh, and his name on the back... brilliant.

pennydog said...

Love the quilting, I wish I'd had a closer look at it. Laughing about the backing, but I've so done that too.

JoJo said...

that's an heirloom that will be treasured forever! Well done!

Alison said...

It looks brilliant, I love the quilting! A x

moira said...

This quilt is so impressive in real life. You did a great job x

Sandra :) said...

Oh Wendy - it's so so lovely - you did a fantastic job! Jacob is a lucky little boy - I bet your brother and his wife are thrilled to have Auntie Wendy around for their little one! Speaking of that, when are they getting us [your readers, heehee!] another one? Isn't it about time???!!! ;)

Leanne Parsons said...

So beautiful! I really love that design of the blocks, and your square spiral adds a lot of interest. Great job.

madfabriholic said...

It's totally wonderful- and I love his name on the back!

Chrissie Crafts said...

You continue to amaze me - every time I visit here there is another wonderful creation, completely different from the last! The quilt is beautiful!!! Chrissie x

Fiona said...

Fabulous quilt, I love it....
Hugz

Jo Ferguson said...

He'll still be using this quilt in his first apartment. It's beautiful. Adding his name was the perfect touch.

margaret said...

this has worked so beautifully estimating fabric requirements is always a guessing game to me and never seem to work My favourite binding is scrappy using the fabrics from the quilt

Jane Galley said...

What a lovely finish, I'm sure it will be well loved

Heidi said...

Brilliant! This is truly an heirloom for Jacob, and I am sure he will enjoy spelling his own name with it for year's to come!

Jasmine said...

Congrats on the awesome finish. I love how you quilted it, and the pattern you selected for these fun fabrics.

ukcitycrafter said...

Well done for getting it finished in time - you must have been stitching like the wind too!

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