The Very Hungry Caterpillar Quilt

I bought this fabric bundle some time ago, and I’ve made another quilt using the Caterpillar fabric line.  I loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, and I think this fabric is awesome and so much fun.  I made a tumbler quilt before and I thought it was a good pattern for showing off all the different fabrics, so it seemed like a great option for this quilt.

Here is the set of fabrics:

I had a template for my tumblers still around from the previous quilt, so I was able to use it again to do my cutting.  I used a ruler on top of the template to make sure I didn’t cut through the plastic.

After a bunch of cutting, I had a big pile of tumblers.

I randomized all the different fabrics as I pieced them together to get a nice, overall effect.  The top went together pretty quickly.

From there it was on to quilting.  I wanted to use this quilt as another opportunity to practice with my Prostitcher, so I scrolled through the design options to find something that would fit.  I found this really cool butterflies and loops pattern that I thought would fit well with the caterpillar theme, and I choose a really pretty light purple thread for the quilting.

Here it is in progress:

Some close-ups:

and the full quilt after finishing the quilting:

I had some left over red print which I used for the binding.  Here it is all finished:

A close up of the back – cool butterflies and loops!

Maggie decided to help with the photo shoot:

i think it came out really well, and I enjoyed the opportunity to do some more practice with the Prostitcher.  This will be a gift for a friend who is expecting in July, and I really hope she’ll love it!

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The Hungry Caterpillar was #4 on my Q2’17 FAL list, so I’m happy to link up with the Q2’17 FAL page

Green Coins

This was another single charm pack that I bought and then had no idea what to do with.  I saw all these ‘coin quilts’ online and thought they looked like a good way to show off the charms.  I cut the 5″ squares into a few different sizes to make the coin rows, and then bordered the rows with a solid fabric.  Originally I used a solid cream fabric, but I really hated how it looked.  It was really drab and washed out, so I put the top away and ignored it for awhile.

I recently got it back out and took it over to the quilt shop to see if I could find something to liven it up a bit.  I am a green gal, so this Me+You batik really fit the bill.  I ripped out the old cream rows and swapped in the green and wow, it really made a huge diffference!  I don’t even have a photo of the old cream – it was that bad.

From there I had to figure out how to quilt it.  I really wanted to do some flow-type quilting, so I settled on that for the green.  The coin rows took a bit more thought, but I found some inspiration on Pinterest.  I loaded her up and got going.

It took me a little while to get on a roll with the flow quilting, but eventually I got it looking like I wanted it to look.

I really like the lines, pebbles and switchbacks in the coin rows.

This is the completed quilt:

This is the detail of the back – the back looks really cool.

AND I got to use my new labels for the first time:

I used Isacord #6051 on the top and Bottom Line #614 in the bobbin, both are a light green.  It is really hard to see the green thread in the green rows, but overall I think it looks good.

I am really, really happy with how she came out.  I think my freehand long arm quilting is coming along!

 

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Green Coins was #3 on my Q2’17 FAL list, so I’m happy to link up with the Q2’17 FAL page

Circa Squares Finish…Finally!

This quilt top was made a few years ago.  I bought a charm pack of the fabric line Circa 1934, by Cosmo Cricket for Moda, because I just loved the typewriter keys and the big numbers.  However I only bought 1 charm pack, so I spent some time trying to figure out how to make a quilt from just this charm pack.  I saw something like this quilt online somewhere and decided it would show off the 5″ charms well.  I drew up my own version and put it together with green and black solids.

Once the top was done, I spent a long time trying complete the quilting.  I had it all basted up and even started quilting it on my domestic machine, but I absolutely hated how it was coming out.  I just kept quilting it because I usually get in a groove and things start looking better than I first think they are looking.  Not so with this guy – it just kept getting worse!  I wound up ripping out all of that quilting, which is unusual – I don’t do that often.

When I took my long arm class last June and they told me to bring a quilt top along with me, this was one of the tops I brought.  However the instructor thought I liked the top too much to use it for my first  long arm trial, so we set it aside.  I’ve been trying to figure out how to quilt it since!

During that class, we talked about quilting it with green and black thread and using different designs in each of the black and green columns.  We also talked about using a different design in each of the squares.  I liked these ideas, and pored through my Angela Walters Shape by Shape books to find good designs to use in the squares.

After practicing on a few quilts, I felt ready to give this guy a go.  I did take it to my class with Angela to get her advice on quilting it – she drew me this photo!

So I loaded it up:

And plotted out my quilting plan on my whiteboard.  I love my whiteboard.

I had also drawn up a lot of designs in my notebook.  I used my plexiglass sheet to practice the designs on the quilt squares and see how they would fit.  One thing I haven’t figured out exactly is how to practice and warm up on the long arm before quilting ‘for real’.  The plexiglass does help.

I’d draw up each of the squares before actually quilting them to make sure I knew where I was going.

And here is the final product – I can’t believe its done!

I really like the dot to dot quilting in the green squares, and it wasn’t too hard to do.

Here are some close ups of the squares:

 

This is the back.  You can’t really see much of the quilting, but the fabric is fun – it is a bunch of red squares.

I learned in my Angela Walters class that while people do match the colors of the top and bottom threads, they do use different threads on the top and bottom.  This was my first try using Bottom Line thread in the bobbin, and I liked it a lot.  I used Isacord #6051 and Bottom Line #614 for the green, and Isacord #0020 and Bottom Line #625 for the black.

This was on my first goal list on my first blog post backin February 2016, so I’m so glad to finally check it off the list!

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As this guy was on my Q2’17 list, I’m be linking up with the Q2’17 FAL page

 

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