Saturday, August 16, 2008

Jasmine's Baby Quilt

I want to share a quilt with you that I made ages ago - I'm not sure when, sometime in the late '90s. This is Jasmine's baby quilt. I wasn't smart enough to take a photo of it before I sent it (isn't that always the case?) but Jas's dad sent me a photo - this is what the quilt looks like now. Very Velveteen Rabbit.

I picked the Snowball block specifically to show off all the wild, fun, bright fabric. Because I'm me I had a hard time getting the triangles added correctly. So I did what I usually do, trim down the blocks to a consistent size, probably about an 1/8" smaller than the blocks were supposed to be. And then I put the blocks away while I worked on another project.

So got back to it and started piecing blocks together. Somewhere along the way I realized that I hadn't actually cut down ALL the blocks - about half of them were the original size. Did I panic? Nope. I pieced the blocks into two sections. I added oversized black border fabric to the top and sides of one half and then oversized border fabric to the bottom and sides of the other half. To make it interesting I added that wedge of black in the middle before joining the two sections together. And then I just straightened out the edges and voila, a fun quilt.

Wow, I just looked at the quilt closer and realized that the black fabric isn't just faded out, it's completely worn away in areas. I have heard horror stories about black fabric disintegrating and geeze it certainly looks like I got some of that. Look at how well the high quality quilting fabrics have held up. Hmm, wonder what other quilts that same black fabric went into?

Lots of links for you today. Funglies have been popping up all over the place. Here are a few: Joyce, Magpie Sue, Siobhan, Michelle, Cheri's Linus Quilts project, Dot, Brenda S, Katie, Finn, Kristin, and Carol E. Some of these don't look fungly to me at all - always interesting to see how tastes differ.

I love this string quilt of Roz's - in particular how she added the turquoise sashing.

Cheri is making this delightful baby quilt for Otto.

In my last quilty post I showed you Fran's Sleepover Quilt. Well, Fran has started a blog called Making Memories One Stitch at a Time.

Changing topics, I watched the new BBC miniseries of Sense and Sensibility. It was marvelous and I love how the longer length allows for more depth. My heart still belongs to Hugh Grant's Edward though.


quiltingnana said...

thank you for listing the sits of some of those who are doing your fungly quilts...there were some wonderful sites

ROZ said...

Thanks. Amazing baby quilt. Not the cutsie little animals thing I would have come up with.

Sewcatherine said...

Hey Tonya...thanks for the welcome back. Trying to get back into life a little bit here even if it only means my computer life!

jovaliquilts said...

Jasmine's quilt is so delightful. Don't think I would have had the nerve to keep going when I realized the blocks were different sizes, but this is proof that you can get great results that way. Bummer about the black -- I've heard that can happen. Jasmine probably just loved the quilt so much it wore out.

belinda said...

Oh are sooo what I want to be like when I grow up. I am REALLY working on not ripping, changing, cutting new pieces and getting SO uptight when it doesn't come out just quite right. I don't need to pay a therapist...I HAVE YOU!!!

Sandy said...

Wow, wild baby quilt! Love it.
Finally back and trying to catch up. Thanks for all the links.
Will have to check out the funglies?? Sounds unique.

Laura said...

I can't believe I missed the BBC Sense and Sensibility. I am headed over to there website to see when it will be replayed.

Finn said...

Hey Ton, great baby quilt. Love all the bright interesting shapes and colors.
Looks like you were liberated to the max all the way back to then....LOL. Great solution to mulity sized blocks.
Thanks for getting the great fugly project going. It was just what I needed for sure. Hugs, Finn

Magpie Sue said...

Ah yes, Sense & Sensibility with Emma Thompson is one of my favorites too.

It's great to see so many funglies out there!

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