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Calling for Cuddles…

This will be my 3rd baby quilt that I have made and I am beyond convinced that I wrote about the last baby quilt I made thinking it only needed images edited and a quick re-read I can’t for the life of me find it 😦

After searching every possible place on my computer I am giving in and going to write this again, thankfully it shouldn’t be too hard since I will be making this Mario quilt at the same time, though because I have nothing to refer back to on how I did the other quilts all designs will vary slightly;)

So let’s get started!

The first two quilts I did I had picked out 3 fabrics, 1 fabric to embroider on, 1 for the patterned squares and a third for the boarder and back. This round I only choose 2 fabrics. I am using a chocolate brown to embroider on, a pink plaid for my other squares and then I am going to do the boarder in the chocolate brown and the back in the same pink plaid. Hope that isn’t too much of the same…

I am really excited to see how this quilt will look once finished, as my first two were Winnie the Pooh, classic choice where this one is a little different… this couple has chosen to do the entire nursery for their expected little girl all based of a Nintendo theme. I love the idea and can’t wait to see the mother-to-be face when she opens it!

The embroidery package that I bought was from http://www.embroideryby.net. This package came with 22 designs and I need 13 for the quilt so that gives me a lot to chose from.

Mario-Images2 Mario-Images1  

Since the other two quilts I did were both for very close friends of mine I was lucky to find out the name of the babies before they were born and was able to personalize the quilt a little more with an initial.

L-square

V-square

That isn’t the case this time since the new to be parents are keeping that little detail to themselves 😛

I guess I might just need to make Princess Peach the middle square for their soon to be princess.

Peach

Time to start cutting, if my memory serves me correctly I cut the squares to be 6.5” x 6.5” so I am going to do that again here. I will need 13 chocolate brown squares and 12 pink plaid squares.

This will give me a total of 25 squares. So I will also need to cut 25 6.5” x 6.5” squares of the batting.

I like buying the “Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting” since it is really soft and thick. It also does not contain any resins or glues. The package I bought was 45” x 60” (baby quilt size) so one package should be enough and I was lucky enough that this one was on sale this week so I got it for $16 vs the regular $22.

Batting

once you have all the plain squares embroidered it is time to get the plaid square ready. These ones are really easy, there are several ways to embroider these squares, however I know of two…

One, you can take the plaid fabric and the batting and together sew an X through the square:

X-Through-Front

Here it is from the back – you can see it much better.

X-Through-Back

That is it, quick and easy and you can fly through them.

Second you can use a free motion quilting foot, this is the first time I am trying this foot so this is a test run.

This is what the foot looks like:

Free-Motion-Foot

Free-Motion-Foot-ON 

Follow your machine’s instructions for attaching the free motion foot, this usually involves removing the pressure foot holder on the machine.

You will want to put your feed lever down so you can freely move the fabric around anyway you want. On my Brother this is found on the back of the machine.

Feed-Down

This I think would take a little practice, and it probably wouldn’t hurt to draw the line you want to follow on the wrong side of the fabric. I tried doing simple loops and this is how it turned out:

Free-Motion-Example

Honestly I don’t love it myself, however that was just my first try and I am sure I could get better but for now I am going to stick with doing my X version 🙂

Once all the plaid pieces are ready to go it is time to start laying out the design!

I like to place all the squares out on a table, or floor if there isn’t enough room in no specific order, just make sure you start with an embroidered square and then alternate with embroidered and plaid (this will ensure an embroidered square ends up as the middle). Once I have the whole thing laid out I switch around the embroidered squares with one another until I find the layout I like best – in this case I want to make sure I don’t have the same characters multiple times side by side (like two Mario’s right by one another or two yoshi’s).

This is the design I have decided on

Layout

Now you just start sewing the squares together.

I start with individual rows, once all the squares in that row are sewn together…

First-Row-Sewn

move onto the next row…

All-Rows-Sewn

once all the rows are done then I start sewing row to row:

Sewn-Together

Once all the rows are sewn together you are on the home stretch, all that is left is sewing on the border and the back.

For the border I chose to do a 2.5” wide border, I am going to do the sides first then cut the top and bottom border.

Boarders

I measured the height (left side) of the quilt and got 28” so I cut my height of the border to be 28” tall and then my wanted width plus seam allowance. I did the same measurements for the right side.

Side-Boarders-On

 

For the top and bottom borders you will want to measure once the right and left borders are on as the top and bottom will be the width of the quilt plus the borders.

All-Boarders-On

Here are all three final products:

Final-Mario-Quilt

Final-L

I had to include this shot provided to me by my talented photographer friend of her son admireing my handy work 🙂 Such a cute photo!!!

L-playing

and lastly:

Vanessa

Venessa-Set

Bunny-Hat-Image

I found the bear hat and bunny hat tutorials online – will have to find the source again and do a short blog on the hats – they were super simple and super cute:)

Until next time happy sewing:)

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2013 in Quilt

 

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Who wouldn’t love a little Pooh…

I have been working on a new project recently and wanted to pop in and give you all a sneak peak of what is to come. Also I ordered some new Pooh and Friends embroidery designs and wanted to share how that experience was.

I am working on a baby quilt! The progress started a little slow but now that I have it figured out we are moving right along! The reason for the slow start was I was trying to make the quilt with 5.5” x 5.5” squares but because that is slightly smaller then my embroidery hoop it was causing random issues with embroidery so I had to scrap what was done and make the squares 6.5” x 6.5” which is going to make a larger size baby blanket.

I have always been a fan of the classics when it came to baby stuff so I saw this as a great opportunity to order some Winnie the Pooh machine embroidery designs. I found a fantastic website called ‘Save On Designs’ and they had a 500+ Winnie the Pooh Machine Embroidery Designs set for only $14.99. I was able to select delivery method as download so I had all the designs within an hour of ordering them.

I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t see what the designs looked like prior to putting them on my machine and thought I would email the company to see if there was another way. To my surprise I received an answer in less then an hour on a Sunday night via email from their support team telling me they would set me up with a viewer so I could see what all the designs!

Needless to say I got started right away to see how these would look and here are just a few:

I will be back with more once I finish the quilt to reveal the entire project.

If you haven’t ordered from ‘Save on Designs’ before I highly recommend them. The Designs are well created and their service was excellent. Not to mention they have a great selection of embroidery designs, file types and the prices are amazing.

Do you have any favourite embroidery design websites?
If so please share!

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Embroidery Designs, Quilt

 

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