Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Cozier Looking Than I Thought It Might Be

 Baby quilt is done, washed up and already gift wrapped! Big, big sigh here. It was on the get-done-before-Thanksgiving list and I didn't want to have to bump it off till Christmas or try and mail it through the USPS during the holidays.

Baby quilt is finished!
It's got a slightly different look than what I normally do for baby quilts, but it still seems to work. Definitely turned out to be cozier looking than I ever expected.  Crossing my finger baby's mama will like this one, though thankfully baby Ellie won't care a whit!

Hand quilted with perle cotton
I tried to hand quilt in a way that would hold down all the bulky seams and yet still allow for a lovely drape after being well used. If I was an absolute perfectionist, there would have to be something temporarily stitched down at the edges of the border so that there wouldn't be any pull or stretch in the outside border. Uh huh. That's so not me.

A simple 'x' to help keep the corners secure
The dark green background is the part that still makes me sort of scratch my head, but it's nice to use something other than cream for the backgrounds. Love, love, love that all of the fabric in this quilt is from the stash. The cream fabric at the border is part of what I received from my aunt with the moth ball smell. After all that washing and bleaching, it's super soft and smells just fine.

Extra stitched flowers just for fun
And yep, I know what you're thinking. The cream background look still happened at the borders.*sigh  When we have a style, look, vibe we gravitate to, it's hard to deviate too drastically, right? And it softens the look of the quilts nicely. Don't you like the stitched lollipop flowers mimicking the appliqued ones? It's been a long time since I tried that. Always makes me smile!

Looks wonderful in certain lighting...
Crazy Daisy took a few days to plow through the sewing of the borders. It's such an important step and we want to make sure and do it properly. No sense taking care with the rest of the quilt if our rows can't match up and align properly.

Trying to sew up the row lengths, one by one
At first I pinned at every single seam and then I stopped and really thought it through. Hmmm... maybe only the seams at the cornerstones and wherever the seams have been ironed the opposite direction? I probably need to put some serious thought into my sewing table set up as my shoulders and neck always hurt after too much time doing this. Have to get up and stretch, roll my shoulders before getting back to it!

Love when it becomes one piece!
Amazing how much better it looks after the seam allowance disappears! It's hard to get this quilt to cooperate with the lighting, but I did my very best.

Ready to trim up the edges
Couldn't be happier with the setting triangle fabric. There's just something about a 'directional' fabric that makes my heart go pitter patter! And the rich look of the rosy red/pink colors help accent the daisy blocks quite well.

Didn't even try to match up the stripes on the edges
I really thought this one was going to be a finished quilt top at the setting triangles, but then I had a random idea. What if?

Always adding a border or two...
And you know there would be just barely enough fabric in the cheddar and the pink/red print to make it happen. Of course!  So I'd better be sure before cutting anything out! Okay, that's the last post before the holidays are in full swing. I'm planning on eating lots of goodies and spending prime time with the kids and grandkids. Sounds like all my siblings will be hanging out at mom and dads this year, so it's shaping up to be a hopping busy time all around. All the best to my American readers! Hope you have a great holiday too!


30 comments:

  1. I was just thinking it couldn't get any better than this with the striped setting triangles, and then you added that BORDER! I'm literally swooning!

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  2. oh what is not to like on that baby quilt - and the really super nice thing is that no other baby will have one like it - it is an original and that really makes it super nice!!

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  3. I love the Crazy Daisy blocks on point, very happy.
    And congratulations on the baby quilt finish, so snugly.
    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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  4. Such a lovely baby quilt, with such a lot of thought & work …it's delightful! The floral applique looks like its all dancing around the blocks! And, Love the setting triangles on your 'crazy daisy', but wait... there's more... Enjoy your holiday season with your family Audrey x

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  5. Your Crazy Daisy quilts is such a genius work. Love the colours, the border, and the patterns you have worked with.

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  6. Audrey, your baby quilt is so sweet and your Crazy Daisy is fabulous!! Enjoy your holiday time.

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  7. Your baby quilt is gorgeous, love your use of colours! Happy Thanksgiving to you...

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  8. You did it again!!! The baby quilt is wonderful and Crazy Daisy will be amazing! Enjoy the holidays!

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  9. I love the baby quilt! Not a traditional design for a baby and I like that. The design is so fun, it’s perfect for a baby. The colors are awesome. And your Crazy Daisy quilt top is a riot of fun! I love the colors in it also. The striped sashing between blocks is a great setting for each daisy. And I love the striped setting triangles. They are a perfect framing.

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  10. the baby quilt is so beautiful and Crazy Daisy is super--I love that stripe-y fabric in the setting triangles...picks up those daisay colors beautifully
    Nice works...hope your Thanksgiving is super hugs, Julierose

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  11. Ellie is a lucky little girl! That baby quilt is beautiful, and I love the dark green background. It's such a fresh "take" on a baby quilt. Crazy Daisy is going to be fabulous, too. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  12. Oh, Audrey - that baby quilt is beyond wonderful. And Crazy Daisy with those borders - swoon!!

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  13. Loving Crazy Daisy and those borders will knock the socks off it! Wow! I think your baby quilt is one of the sweetest I've ever seen. The baby and parents will feel really blessed, for sure.

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  14. The borders you're adding to Crazy Daisies are the perfect finishing touch! Baby Ellie and her parents will love her new quilt, so soft and sweet. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, enjoy these precious days together.

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  15. Is there a pattern for crazy Daisy? It is so cute.

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  16. I love, love, love your new baby quilt. I dislike quilts that have soooo much white, black or neutral background - longing for the tide to turn back to quilts colored background like yours!

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  17. You are the queen of borders. I would never thought of adding those bits to Crazy Daisy but they are perfect. I also really like the baby quilt - the contrast between the dark green and the cream (see, it's borders again) seems to me to be just right.

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  18. I am crazy about those Crazy Daisies!

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  19. Love the little quilted lollipop flowers. The daisy quilt is so fun and happy. The borders look awesome to me.

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  20. I LOVE your work. So original and charming. The finished baby quilt is so sweet. And, I agree with all of the above comments, the daisy quilt is stunning. I love the cheddar and border. Happy Holidays.

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  21. Whatever you make is so unique, interesting, different, colorful, all good!

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  22. Both quilts are beautiful and are you. I love the kaleidoscope effect of Crazy Daisy. Stand back and shift around a bit to see what I mean. Your colors are spot on! At the same time,they are unique to you. Thank you for sharing!

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  23. This quilt is truly something special; really strikes me every time you post about it. I was hooked when you started way back when with the first petal layer :-) I've been following your blog for years, love your cosmically organic flow of applique and piecing.

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  24. The border on the monkey wrench quilt is so soft looking. It is really satisfying. I love the fabric you found for the setting triangles on the
    Crazy Daisy quilt. It reminds me of a quote from The A-team show years ago, "I love it when a plan comes together!" There is so much applique in this quilt - quite amazing!

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  25. Yes, the baby quilt worked out beautifully!! Now, Crazy Daisy just makes my heart sing - you must be thrilled with this quilt.

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  26. Hope your family time was thoroughly enjoyed. Your border fabric looks perfect to finish off Crazy daisy - I hope there is enough fabric to do so.

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  27. I love love love the Daisy quilt! I see it jumping in a suitcase next summer and headed south ;)

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  28. Beautiful Audrey and I love all the extra stitched motifs in the quilting. Must try to remember that! Daisy is a cheerful one too.

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  29. The lollipop flowers and esp the echo image quilting just thrill me, I love that so much. Adore d\C Daisies too.

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