Another Dr Seuss colourway

A few weeks ago I posted a quick and easy baby quilt made from Dr Seuss 6″ squares.  You can see that post here if you missed it.

Here’s a second version of the quilt, made for another dear relative who is due to have her first baby in August.  I think I am even happier with this version!  It was another mother-daughter effort.

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It’s the same basic concept – same size coloured patches, same number of coloured patches, but this time there is a 1.5″ white sashing between each coloured patch.

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What is great about that is that it gives each of the bright colours a bit of space to shine – and a moment for the eye to focus on each one before the next colour hits the eye.

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Backed in yellow Dr Seuss fabric that is nice and busy, it is bright and practical without being overwhelming.  The binding is a blue fabric with the head of The Cat in the Hat all over it.

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I hope it is well received!  I put it in the post for the lucky recipient on Friday, so it won’t be long until it adorns the nursery in its new home.  Now we just need that baby to arrive safely and enjoy it!

Have a great day,

jf

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Seuss baby quilt

I loved Dr Seuss as a child, and as an adult have been really enjoying sharing his stories with my own child.  Having access to the fabric also means I can use the opportunity of a baby quilt to share it with other families!

My cousin will have her first child next month.  It’s all very exciting.  So, my mum and I made her a Dr Seuss quilt.

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It’s only simple – a whole bunch of 6″ squares and single colour binding, but when the fabrics are this bright and busy, I think that’s the way to go.

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The backing is such lovely fabric that it is worth showing too!

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Overall, I am thrilled with the result.  I know that my cousin will be too!  Little ones love the bright colours so much more than soft pastels.

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Have a great day!

jf

My “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” quilt

My sister is a very impressive person.  She recently earned a significant prize from her final year at university.  To celebrate her accomplishment, it seemed to me that a fitting tribute to the journey she has travelled was a quilt in the fabric range by Robert Kaufman that uses the motifs from Dr Seuss’ book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

If you have read the story, you will know what I mean.  It is a book filled with life advice that is valuable to adults!

Here’s the result (I should have pressed the quilt before I photographed it… instead I just pulled it straight off her lounge.  At least it gets used!):

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It was the first time I had worked with printed panels.  There are ten panels in the range, but I couldn’t think of an arrangement of ten that would work as well as nine did.

A criticism I had of the panels is that they were not printed perfectly straightly on the grain of the fabric.  That meant cutting was hard, and I ultimately chose to have the grain straight, even if that meant the image was a little wobbly.  If there’s a design that can accommodate wobbles, it is Dr Seuss!

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I fussy-cut the fabrics so that designs like the balloons and elephants with flags all went in the same direction.  It was worth it, in my view!  Each panel was bordered with a bright fabric, and then sashed in white.

On the back, I used another Dr Seuss fabric, albeit not from the “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” range.

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I made a scrappy binding of the remaining licensed fabrics from the range (I don’t like to waste them, particularly given this colour scheme isn’t one I’m likely to use often), which I think worked really well.

The quilting is a nice, simple stipple that complements the wobbliness of all things Dr Seuss.  I’m really happy with how it turned out – and more importantly, so is my sister.  When I gave it to her, I wrapped it around a copy of the book.

For me, it was an adventure in new things:  using panels, and a colour scheme I don’t ordinarily gravitate to.  When taking a few risks works out well, it is extra-satisfying!

Have a great day,

jf

Favourite fabrics

I confess that I spend too much money on fabric.  But the way I look at it is, if I am going to spend as much time as I do making quilts, then it doesn’t make sense to then be stingy about the materials with which I will make that time investment.

Some of my early (like, early 1990’s) attempts at quilting were made with a blend of high-quality prints and cheaper basic dyed fabrics.  The cheaper ones have not gone the distance.  They’re faded, and in some cases, now bucked and bubbly.  Granted, if they had been edge-to-edge quilted, that might have helped prevent some of the buckling, but it wouldn’t have prevented the fading.

Take a look at this one.  The solids have faded in the areas where the quilt was folded, and there’s bubbling throughout.  It’s a terrible shame!

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When I use the very best quilter’s fabric, I get results that take my breath away, long after the project is complete.  I can (and do) treat them roughly.  They are machine washed, line dried (often in the sun), chewed by children and spread on the ground as picnic blankets or play rugs.  The best materials withstand all of this abuse beautifully.

The moral of the story is, use the good stuff.

Any fabrics by Moda never let me down.  It’s worth using the bella solids too.  They are made to blend well with Moda’s current designs and the quality is top-shelf.

My favourite Moda designer is Bonnie and Camille.  Camille Roskelley’s blog is full of great inspiration!  I’ve had great results with the Bonnie and Camille happy-go-lucky and April Showers ranges.  It’s a pity they can be hard to get in Australia.  The pre-cuts Moda produces make quick quilting possible, and make the craft so accessible for beginners.

Camille is coming to Australia soon.  I’m a little bit too excited.

I like the children’s fabrics made by Robert Kaufman.  Dr Seuss is always in style!

My all-time favourite is, however, anything by Liberty of London.  Since they started making their classic designs in quilting-grade fabric, I have been enjoying them immensely.  You can get the Liberty Lifestyle range in Brisbane at The Quilters and Embroiderer’s Store.

As an aside, I stay away from any of the pre-cut fat quarters that you can get in Lincraft or Spotlight.  I just don’t think the quality stacks up.  Better to go to a proper quilt shop (and you’ll be supporting small business – yay!) or buy the good stuff online from Etsy or elsewhere.

jf