Thursday, July 29, 2010

Trial Quilt

My sister-in-law asked me to make a quilt for her nursery.  I bought the fabric awhile ago but have been mulling ideas around for the pattern.  I had an idea that I thought might look good, but I was a little unsure.  I decided I would make a trial run with the pattern and see how it went.


I think it went pretty well!  I'm a fan!  I'm really happy with the colors too- so bright and cheery.


Unfortunately, the pattern highlighted my inability to sew that perfect 1/4" seam.  I  usually sew with a scant 1/4" seam because I figure I might as well make it a little smaller and trim my blocks down to size.  Not really thinking this through, I cut the solid pieces at the top and bottom first, and they ended up shorter than the following two rows.  For the center patchwork section I decided I was going to really try to sew that 1/4" seam properly.  I even pulled out the 1/4" foot.  I was serious.  So I went along sewing away- even measuring occasionally.  Somewhere along the way something went awry and that patchwork section ended up smaller than the top pieces.  Apparently I need some additional practice. 


All in all, I think it turned out pretty nicely.  Even if it is narrower than I had planned!

14 comments:

Deb said...

Simply amazing! I love how you blended the pinks & oranges. She'll love it :)

Terriaw said...

I think it turned out beautiful! I adore the orange, yellow and pink fabrics you put together for this.

Judy said...

I really like it - pattern and colors! I'm sure she'll love it!
I'm still trying to get the perfect seam allowance too :)

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

This is beautiful. You did a great job. Did you make up that pattern? I love it.
I also have the 1/4" problem. If I sew with a scant 1/4", though, it ends up being exactly 1/4". I don't get it. I never will. Though I also press my seams open and not to the side, as that gives extra width, IMO.

Hermione J. Schwartz said...

So great! The colors and the layout are wonderful. It really shows off the fabrics with out being plain old patchwork squares. =]

Angie said...

I love these colors.

Chicken Julie said...

So pretty. I'm impressed that you do a "trial" run with something as lovely as those posies.

Leslie said...

this is so pretty and perfect for a nursery

Kate said...

Great colors!

Candace said...

Wow, that's a beauty, so happy and fresh.

KateKwiltz said...

It turned out great! LOVE the colors!

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Sunshine said...

Loving it, I'm a big fan of these slightly different patterns separated by a stripe!

Cheers,
Christine