Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stacked Coins Baby Quilt

A friend's son and daughter-in-law are expecting their first baby the end of this month—a boy—and I figured I better get my rear in gear and quilt the top I finished in early September.  Actually, it wasn't just pure procrastination; it was procrastination for a reason.  I wanted to get some free motion quilting practice under my belt before I attempted stippling this quilt.

Enter the Free Motion Quilt Along by Christina at A Few Scraps.  Perfect timing!  I hopped on board that train and road along the learning curve all the way up to our current stop, Stippling 101, where we are experiencing a momentary layover.

But that's okay, because stippling is exactly where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do on this baby quilt.  I practiced on my Spiderweb Halloween table topper, then practiced a bit more on my practice quilt for the quilt-along.  Finally, on Monday, I basted this baby (quilt) together, and away I went!

Oh, there are some stitch length issues and a few mountain peaks where there should be meandering curves, but overall I'm happy with how it turned out.

I did a pieced backing, since I had enough strips cut anyway.  I like a little something extra on the back of a quilt, don't you?

It's mostly from stash, except the Kona cream (I don't know the official color name).  I was trying to come somewhat close to what may or may not be the mom-to-be's nursery theme.  I think there are giraffes and leaves involved anyway.  I was fresh out of giraffes but had a bunch of leafy prints.  The gray/white/black print is a vintage piece I've used in probably way too many things already, but I love it.

Now all this quilt needs is a little baby boy nestled in the middle.  As Tom Petty said, "The way-aiting is the hardest part!"

I'll be linking to AmyLouWho's Sew & Tell Friday.  Click on over to see the other great finishes this week!

19 comments:

  1. Nice job! I love the pop of that aqua blue.

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  2. P., it's beautiful! Your stippling is just right - you nailed it!! And I absolutely love the colors and that vintage piece of fabric!

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  3. What wonderful colors and fabrics used! It's a simple pattern but makes such a wonderful impact!

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  4. I love the colors you used on your quilt, what a lucky baby!!

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  5. I love that quilt! I have been wanting to make something similar. The blues and greens are very cool looking. Not too babyish, so it can grow with the little guy.

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  6. Another gorgeous quilt!! That should definitely be an heirloom for your friend's son and DIL!
    Jane

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  7. this is gorgeous...you are doing a great job with the stippling. i could not see a single thing there that did not look awesome,

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  8. This is perfect! I love the colors you used and that family that is receiving it are very blessed! I have a quilt like this on my to do list, oh and I love your backing how you peiced it!

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  9. Lucky little baby! Your free-motion is really nice.

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  10. Wow! So beautifully done! Your stippling is gorgeous! And love, love, love the stacked coins. The colors are fabulous! Hooray for you!

    xo -El

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  11. Oh! This turned out so beautiful! I made this quilt in October to donate to a benefit and used pink, girlie fabrics. I love seeing this in boy fabrics, because I'm having a boy in February and was thinking of making one for myself. ;-) You did a great job on the machine-quilting, too. I hadn't done any yet when I made it, so I just straight stitched around the outside of each of the long strips of fabric. It looked nice, but I love how yours looks with the machine-quilting! What a wonderful gift for a sweet baby boy!

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  12. Wow! I am impressed with your quilting. The stippling is so fun and the stitch length is THE challenge to control. I love the colors you picked, too.

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  13. I love it P! The colours, the layout and the quilting. Oh my that quilting is AMAZING.

    I have my FM lesson today, so there is hope that at some point, in the distant future I will be able to show something half as pretty !

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  14. Great job! Love the colors and the quilting looks great!

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  15. Gorgeous! The color scheme is just so pretty, and the stippling looks terrific. All of your FMQ paid off. :-) Lucky baby. :-)

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  16. Nice quilting! Such a great boy quilt. Lucky boy!
    Too funny... I thought the vintage gray was Monaluna Mingle for RK!

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  17. Gorgeous colors and terrific meanderings!

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