Anita's quilts and quilting

A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.

Personal quilt

I was working on customer quilts but simply had to take a few days to make a quilt for my newest grand daughter due the end of March.

I started with making the drawing.  I draw cartoon style.  Next I darkened the lines with a black marker so they are more visible for the other steps.

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This is raw edge applique so I traced the pattern pieces onto fusible web.  The fusible pattern pieces were ironed to the various fabrics and the pieces cut out.

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I pinned all the pieces onto the original drawing on a design board.  I needed to be sure all the pieces are there before ironing it to the background fabric.  I choose a white background with a pink backing.

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The background and backing fabrics are from sheets in my stash.  Anytime I’m thrift store hopping I look for quality sheets to use for my personal quilts.  Finally its on the machine.  I did a ribbon meander in the background.

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This one gets many thread changes because, well, I like that for my own quilts.

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I used various overall (background) designs to quilt it.

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Without the extra stitching the doll would be puffed out, wrinkly, and strange looking.  Even the hair has a texture design to represent curly hair.

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I decided to add a special surprise on the quilt.  The baby’s name stitched into the top background.  I like adding little touches to quilts.  It says “Alivia.”

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Finally the quilting is finished and the binding work is getting done.  Machine sewn to the back, hand sewn to the front.  I used fabric left over from the backing for the binding.

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The baby shower was yesterday and I finished it the night before.  My daughter didn’t know I was making the quilt.  She stood up to show everyone what it looked like.  See my grandson Spanky in the striped shirt on the left in front of her?

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All the youngest kids were running around playing.  Spanky stopped, studied it for only a second, then ran up to hug the newest kid to arrive.  Yes, he’s a hugger.

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Spanky’s hug of approval was the best compliment I could get.  Wouldn’t you agree?

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7 comments on “Personal quilt

  1. susan rizzi
    April 10, 2017

    I am catching up on my blog reading and just want to tell you how adorable that quilt is. You are an artist!

    • Anita
      April 14, 2017

      Thank you Susan. I love making kids quilts.

  2. debmoyes
    March 10, 2017

    How precious. I am sure both baby and Mom will love using that delightful quilt.

    • Anita
      March 11, 2017

      And now I have requests for two more. A step daughter is expecting in two months and a grand daughter is expecting in September.

  3. Marilyn Foulke
    March 7, 2017

    That is presious, Anita! Congratulations on a new grandbaby!

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  4. Espirational
    March 5, 2017

    What a nice baby quilt! I really like that.

    • Anita
      March 6, 2017

      Thank you.

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