Friday, October 25, 2013

'Here Fishy Fishy' Baby Quilt Finished

It's time for Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival and although ranch life has kept me away from the sewing machine lately, I have a quilt to add to the fun that I recently finished. Thank you, Amy, for giving us a place to gather and celebrate our love of quilting!

                                                Blogger's Quilt Festival - AmysCreativeSide.com

There will be lots of wonderful new blogs to discover and get ready for a slew of new inspiration as you browse through the wonderful quilts and read the stories behind them. Click HERE to be inspired!

If you popped in here via the festival, welcome to the end of the dirt road where quilting meets ranch life.

Every time I work on a baby quilt, I fall in love with it. These little fish were so much fun to applique. I've got a long way to go before I'm satisfied with my applique, but I just had to get over it and dive in or I'll never improve.


 Same goes for the quilting. I'm new to FMQ and I'm pretty tickled with it on this quilt. I didn't have one tuck or bobble on the backside although my stitch length seemed to vary and I'm thinking that had a lot to do with the fact that I wasn't able to keep a consistent speed. I need a cruise control on my machine. :)

                           

I stitched slowly on the applique, but I still had my thread sort of lose tension every so often. Not sure what causes that, but I'll play around with some practice pieces and see if I can get it all lined out. You can see it on the mouth of the little starfish here:

                    

I adore that little starfish with his wonky eyes. I straight line quilted the chevrons.

                               

 Boy, those little buggars gave me a run for my money, but in the end, things lined up ok. This pattern is from Heather Mulder Peterson's book: Little Quilts 4 Kids. Her directions are wonderful, but I just had to get my head on straight when piecing them in order to make the best use of the fabric. This is Heather's fabric line as well and I'm thinking I need to add some more of it to my stash.

Then I didn't have a clue as to how to quilt the background fabric so I kind of winged it and I am thrilled with it! It was fun and liberating although my shoulders were sore when I finished.

                                      

I backed it with a green that I had in my stash that matched perfectly and the fun multicolored chevron stripe print in the fabric line made a darling binding.

             

And I added this little label that I showed y'all the other day:

      

And here's the finished quilt for a very special little boy::


Isn't that a darling pattern?


This quilt measures 44" x 47",  and it's on its way to my awesome niece and her husband who had their first baby in July. Yes, I am late, but I was waiting on the release of this fabric. They are avid fishing fanatics so I knew I had to make this quilt, using Heather's darling fabric, for her sweet baby boy.


25 comments:

Lori S said...

Super cute quilt! Love it.

Staci said...

KARIN IT IS DARLING!!!!!!!!

Janine said...

This is the cutest little boy quilt! You did a wonderful job on it!

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Way to go, Auntie!!! A family treasure for sure!!

Penni Domikis said...

Love the fishy quilt. Awesome colors.

Nancy said...

What an adorable quilt!

Charlotte said...

aww, the fish are adorable! I love how their tales stick over the edges :-)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I'm like that with my speed control; or lack of too..lol. The quilt is adorable.

Doniene said...

I've love this quilt from the get go!! It's a winner in my book!!

Blessings sweet friend!

laverne said...

Very Cute!Being it was for a kiddo I got to wondering if you know the family of the little cowboy that was recently hurt in a horse wreck.A friend of mine use to live on the Sterling Ranch at Tatum.New Mexico and see is a friend of his family.I know his first name is Sterling but no relation to the people she worked for.Really have had him on my mind and in my prayers.Cant remember his last name right now

Seams Sew Together said...

Very Cute I love it!!

Mary said...

Adorable fishy and stars zig zagging through the water. Your FMQ looks fine! Babies don't look too close!

CitricSugar said...

Ok, that is pretty darn fun!

Pauline said...

Great quilt! Makes me wish I knew someone that needed a baby quilt.
So glad you're getting into FMQ. The more you use it the better you'll get. I know, everyone says that and I didn't believe it either, but the quilt I'm working on now is surprising me, most of the stitches are pretty even. So don't give up!

audrey said...

Super cute! This is going to be very well used and loved for sure.:)

carol fun said...

oh Karin - -this is soooo cute!!! Love the fabrics and your quilting looks great. What a lucky baby.
hugs!

Kristie said...

I love that little quilt and you did a wonderful job quilting it. I'm sure it will be loved for many, many years.
Kristie

Sue Daurio said...

What an adorable quilt!

Dana Gaffney said...

That quilt is just too cute and I love the nice bright colors, it's all wonderful.

Nilya said...

Gorgeous fishy Baby quilt - love it!

Heidi said...

very cute quilt !
lucky baby !

SarahZ said...

This is adorable!

Martine Kuciel said...

très mignon et trop "chou" j'adore sa simplicité .

Sunshine Vaughn said...

I am waiting on my pattern to show up but in the mean time i am trying to find these fabrics online to purchase as this line is not being produced anymore so i have to get them when and where i can. could you please tell me the amounts of each pattern print that i will need for this exact quilt. i would like to purchase them before i can not find them anymore.
Thank you,
Sunshine

Ranch Wife said...

Hi, Sunshine - I'm sorry - I am unable to reply back to your comment as you are showing up as a non reply blogger. If you'll send me an email address, I can get back to you that way. I may be able to track some of that fabric down for you, if you haven't found it.

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