Friday, January 24, 2014

First 2014 Quilt Finish

My first quilt for 2014 is DONE! I love this one...

Economy Block Quilt

I only used fabrics from my stash. I did buy some minky for the back. This blanket is super cozy with a light layer of batting and the minky backing. 


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I slept under it last night, and it was so warm.


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The minky backing wasn't quite wide enough, and I'm glad it wasn't. I love the strip of blocks down the back. This is my first pieced backing. I think all of my backings will now be pieced. It's definitely more work, but the outcome is worthwhile.


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I quilted it in an all-over flower pattern. It's random. Some flowers are big and some are small. Some flowers are stitched over each other! Oops. Without a speed regulator on "Old Smoky", I just go with the flow and fill space. There's no slowing her down! So my designs are organic. That's a good name for somewhat sloppy quilting..."organic". Anyways, I love the organic look. It's definitely free-motion and not computerized.


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I was thrilled with the binding! Absolutely thrilled. I was going to do a black/white print, but I didn't think there was enough fabric left to go around the quilt. I had enough of the pink pin dot, and I'm in love with it. Seriously. I added rock pockets at the corners for picnics and beach trips.


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I did draft a 12-inch finished block for this quilt. Check here if you would like the measurements for the 12-inch economy block. The finished quilt measures roughly 60" by 72".


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Thanks for visiting.


On another note, Craftsy is having a fabric and yarn flash sale this weekend. I have not checked it out yet, but I will (I've been too busy quilting!).


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29 comments:

  1. Cool, I didn't know you could piece Minky. Any issues with that? The quilt looks fabulous!

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    1. Thank you. I didn't have any issues with the pieced minky back. I used quilt clips to hold the layers together, a lot of them. I clipped every two inches. I was also very careful about not stretching the minky. It went through my small sewing machine just fine, but it was heavy. I had to hold it from the top and bottom to keep the material from sliding of the table. Thank you for visiting!

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  2. That's a gorgeous quilt, Katie, such lovely girly colours. Also it's nice to see someone else getting all enthusiastic over pink binding.
    Love from England,
    Muv

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    1. Thank you so much. My oldest daughter is such a princess girly girl. I am so happy to use all these pink fabrics for her.

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  3. love it, great mix of colors!!!!

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  4. Nice quilt with such a fun back! I'm visiting you from The Inbox Jaunt.

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  5. That is just lovely! The back is so pretty! Good for you doing the larger blocks!

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    1. I can't imagine doing a whole quilt with 5.5-inch econo blocks...eek! Thank you for stopping by.

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  6. Love it! I have never used minky...maybe one day I will! I like organic...nothing wrong with that! I was going to ask the size of your economy blochpk, but you got it covered!

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    1. I love minky. It sure makes the quilt soft where you just want to feel it all day. Ha! Thank you for stopping by.

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  7. yay for you! This is such a cute quilt, and bravo that you only had to purchase the minky!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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    1. and thanks so much for linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday!

      :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  8. What a great quilt! I love the extra bright pops of pink and purple.

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  9. Soooo pretty!! The pin dot is perfect!

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  10. That is one sweet quilt. Someday I'm going to have to make a minky-backed quilt that I can keep for myself! Wonderful job. You're quilting is adorable!

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  11. Love this and the minky backing is fab :D

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  12. Ahhhdorable! I'm such a fan of fussy cut bits. Nice finish!

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  13. Hi! Your NEW quilt is so beautiful! Lovely Fabrics and your colours make the pattern wonderful! x Teje

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  14. Oh gosh - I love this!! Love how you pieced the back with the corners too. Love the colors, the binding - all of it!!

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  15. Whoopie! Love your colourful quilt! And the economy block is such a great choice to use your scraps AND highlight favourite fabrics by placing them in the centre :o) Well done!!!

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  16. adorable - great fabrics choices and fabulous that you were able to get it from your stash. Does that give you permission to do some shopping? I never sewn on Minky but love the feel of it.

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  17. Thanks for the tips on piecing blocks into the minky backing! The quilt looks great!

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