Friday, October 25, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Baby Quilt

 My Baby Quilt entry for Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side Fall 2013

Ring Around the Briar Rosies

We found out our son was having a girl when Heather Ross released her newest line Briar Rose with Windham Fabric and I knew immediately what I wanted to do.
My new baby grandgirl enjoying the quilt
Despite the incredible amount of (self imposed) pressure involved in creating the first quilt for my first grandchild - and I'm happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed the process and am proud of the outcome.  The possibilities were endless and the choices to be made overwhelming but they all fell into place like it was meant to be. 
Flat on the design wall 
I love how crisp and fresh a top looks when it is done.  The added texture of FMQ takes it to the next level.  Each fabric inspired the quilting shapes ranging from an oval strawberry to a leafy clover.
Pieced on my Baby Lock Symphony with aurifil 50 and quilted with aurifil 40 in a light shade of pink on the background.  I used Natural Bamboo batting from Winline - of course! Finished size 62"x62"
The solids are from Windham Fabric as well with Kona background and binding. 
Anna Maria Horner flannel was the perfect compliment and oh so cozy.  
Started on July 4 and finished on July 30 2013 just in time for the Baby Shower.
Quilting shows on the backing a little better
Choosing a name for a pattern or quilt is something I enjoy although making suggestions for other people is way easier than deciding on my own projects so I put it out there on Facebook and Flickr.  Thanks to katedeerie the pattern design is called Skipping Stones, she said "the circles kind of look like the plips in the water after a rock skips across them" and she so right!

Anne and Emily helped name this particular quilt Ring Around the Briar Rosies - thanks ladies.

Coming up with an original design using my favorite Quick Curve Ruler and my handy HSTs on a roll was really fun and incorporating the fabrics of two of my favorite designers makes this quilt even more special.  
Me & Heather !
This is my third time participating in Blogger's Quilt Festival (Catalyst: Spring 2012 and Old Italian Block aka OIB Wedding Quilt Fall 2012)- how about you? Be sure to check out all of the amazing quilts and cast a vote for your favorite on Nov 1.

This year Amy has many great prizes plus she's giving readers a chance to win a Baby Lock Melody sewing machine.  Why do I want to win the Melody? That's easy, because I love my Symphony but I think a little sister Melody would be much more portable for taking to Sew Day.
My Symphony would love a baby sister Melody

16 comments:

  1. Such a cute quilt, and a cute baby to go with it!! You're going to have to write up a tutorial for this quilt at some point, you know. :) It's such a cute design!

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  2. Congrats on your entry. It's gorgeous and so is that baby! Enjoy the festival

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  3. Beautiful quilt for your grandgirl!

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  4. Adorable! ... and the quilt is very pretty, too ... :) Pat

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  5. Fabulous!!! I love this fabric collection and this is definitely my favorite quilt made from it. What a lucky baby to have you as her grandmother:-)

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  6. Love this, the name especially :oD

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  7. Your quilt is just fantastic, I love it and the baby sure looks adorable on it. A wonderful entry into the festival.

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  8. Love it, and I thought I recognized a Quick Curve Ruler design when I first saw the photo. Good for you, coming up with an original new use for the ruler.

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  9. This is just gorgeous! What an amazing heirloom to pass down!

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  10. I love the pattern, the quilt looks fantastic. And you put so much thought into the quilting of it - really beautiful!

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  11. nothing better than a quilt with a baby on it! so sweet!

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  12. It is absolutely gorgeous! Please write a pattern! I would totally buy it!

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  13. I love this quilt!! Brilliant pattern and great fabrics. And I'm impressed you made it so quickly!

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