They’ve always been a favourite
design of mine. I think I’ve shared before my love for a rainbow heart belt I
had as a kid that I wore ALLLL the time! It was my prized possession and one I
think of pretty regularly, wishing I still had it!
finish, but I love when a quilt is large enough to snuggle in. I have been known
to wrap myself in an entire comforter leaving not an inch for anyone else, or
so my grandmother told me when I was over for a sleepover once 😉
So, clearly, I have a thing for bigger blankets!
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invited me to participate in the Modern Sewcialites BOM blog hop that there
would be so many first experiences in this cute little baby quilt – first time
working with wool batting, first try using 30wt cotton Sulky Thread for hand
binding, a new attempt at an FMQ design and a real departure from my usual
style by opting to go with low volume fabrics! So, while she may be small (only
she packs a whole lot of learnings into that tiny package.
a member, you can follow along using #modernsewcilatesBOM on Instagram.
Here are the February, March,
April and May blocks I’ve made in this quilt a long (QAL) so far!
how cute I thought the modern Heart block was and I could really see the fun of
using this block in a baby quilt/ wall hanging. That’s what’s super fun about
this QAL, Stephanie has designed each block as either a small block for the
final BOM quilt or you can supersize the block and make a quilt featuring just that
design. Love when patterns are so versatile.
new friends during this journey, which isn’t that always the best part of being
part of our quilting community. Well, aside from getting to play with new
fabrics and quilty goodies 😉
to be put in touch with Stephanie from Art Gallery Fabrics to coordinate fabrics. They were super kind to offer up a few of their latest
Capsule Collections for us to pick from, including: Aligned,
Raise the Volume,
as well as, any selection from their Pure Elements collection.
really drawn by the low volume Raise the Volume collection. Black and white is
such a classic combo. Always fresh and crisp. And I loved even more how that
colour combo was also paired with geometric patterns.
juxtaposing that crispness with an ombré colourway. You’d get to see all of the
value contrasts – exciting!
was tough to see online. I was a little surprised when they showed up, but they
still work beautifully together.
I’d been wanting to test out their batting and I figured why not also try their
Tuscany Wool Batting,
which I’d been curious about for some time now.
|Pips testing out and loving the wool batting!
from wool totally doesn’t disappoint. The bad news is I’m a smidge allergic. As
in itchy watery eyes and an all over body itch kind of reaction. I thought it would
be less intense once it was enclosed in fabric, but even hand binding led to the
same itch factor.
So, at this point, I’m thinking wool is going to be a rare
occurrence in my quilts. But it was fun to experiment with something other than
cotton and it’s now got me wondering what bamboo would be like. Oh, the
exploration that awaits!
makes quilting straight lines a challenge. Although, that might be unique to me
😉 Even though I marked my lines, the extra
loft means things shift a little. Perhaps a good time to test out spray basting
so all the layers are nice and smoothly stuck together. Something to think
list to try out. And I can say that they
worked beautifully. I didn’t experience any thread breakage (either for matchstick
quilting or FMQ); minimal thread dust and it looks amazing quilted. I even had
the chance to test out the 30wt for hand binding, which worked wonderfully and
seemed to tangle less than normal.
I wanted the focus to be on the bold fabric contrast and cute colourful hearts.
In keeping with the modern feel of the pattern, I knew I wanted to incorporate
some matchstick quilting. What I hadn’t expected was that I would also work in
these free motion quilted hearts. Ever since my first time free motion quilting
loops on my Hexie Stripe Quilt, I’ve been
wanting to give FMQing another go.
not – ha! I had practiced the design quite a bit beforehand, but the test is
never the same as the real Monty.
The hearts are certainly far from perfect, but I figure, just as I’ve come to
love the imperfections on my first quilt, I will still love it and, one day, it
will serve as a reminder of how far I’ve come in my quilting.
paired with the wool batting give to the hand feel of this quilt. That was my goal and it was nice to see it
I selected my colourway. But as I was attaching it, I instantly thought the
pale Quartz Pink would have been a better option. I think it
would have allowed the red heart to really pop.
blocks are super big and doesn’t require intense piecing, so you’re quilt top
is literally done in an afternoon. I even managed to quilt her up pretty
quickly, considering all that matchstick quilting I did.
Collections, be sure to hop over and visit:
featuring a combo of Raise the Volume and Pure Elements. Love how we used
similar collections for totally different results.
love how we ended up reversing our use of the low volumes and solids!
partake in the #modernsewcialitesBOM, hop over to Modern Sewcialites to sign
I learned a lot during this quilt journey. Sometimes you just gotta roll when
things go awry (delivery mishaps, slight allergic reaction and lots of timeline
interruptions). I love the puffiness of wool batting but need more practice
quilting with such loft! 30wt Sulky thread is pretty kick-ass when it comes to
hand binding. The stitches are slightly more visible, but I love how thick the
thread is. Makes for sturdier stitches. And while baby quilts are not normally
my jam, this modern version is certainly making me rethink that!
out bamboo batting!!