Thursday, November 19, 2015

Big Block Baby!

It's amazing! Absolutely amazing. After working on my ruler work sampler quilt for sooooo long, I had to work on a different project. This is my niece's quilt. I started on it Tuesday morning and by the evening, I had a completed top!


That sort of counts as a finish, doesn't it? I started off drawing out the design, which was adapted several times as I realized that 'big block quilts' that are based on 12" finished squares aren't real compatible with 1/2 yard cuts. Note to self: Buy at least a yard of everything! lol


I've started the quilting and figure a few solid hours of quilting will finish it up. It's nice to do a feathered flower all over design in a larger size for once. It's a quilt to be used, so no fancy quilting, though I may do ruler work in the solid navy star points.


I tried a new thread for the piecing and I really enjoyed it. It's Cairo Quilt from the same folks who make Glide thread. 100% Egyptian cotton and it's really nice, low lint and looks much like the other popular cotton thread that's out there, but at a lower price.


I'm considering selling Glide and this Cairo quilt in my shop. Would any of you be interested?

I leave tomorrow to go see my sister and meet baby Abbie for the first time. So excited!

23 comments:

  1. I'd say it counts as a finish!! As someone who can take a couple years to complete a darn machine pieced quilt, I LOVE THIS TOP! I could possibly do this in a month. And all that lovely space for quilting to really show up. Your niece is going to love this.

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to get it completely finished and see my sweet niece laying on it.

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  2. Of course it counts! lol. Hey, could you do a little tutorial video on your feathered flower FMQ pattern with a white thread on a darker fabric? And I love the big block quilt! That is on the top of my list for a quilt for my sister in January. We will look forward to seeing what ruler work you came up with for the solid navy star points. Congrats in getting this done in time for the visit. Feels good to buzz through something, I'll bet. Do we get to see a pic of the final finished product?

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    1. Of course I can do a tutorial on it! Thanks for asking.

      Alas the top is finished, not the entire quilt. But a good solid day and it will be done. I'll have to just enjoy my niece quilt-less and then mail it to her lovely mommy.

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  3. Congratulations on a quick finish! I'm curious about your Cairo Quilt; always looking for good thin threads in Egyptian cotton.

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    1. Thanks!

      The Cairo Quilt is a 50wt thread, so a great size for piecing.

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  4. I'd be interested in both threads. Does the Cairo Quilt come in soft pastel colors too?

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    1. The Cairo Quilt comes in 50 colors right now, and I'd have to say it looks like pastels aren't represented well yet. But I believe they will be expanding the color selection over time like they did with Glide, which now has a huge range of colors.

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  5. I would be interested in the Cairo thread does it come in a mid gray? I piece just about everything with that color.

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    1. I agree, a medium gray is a great color for piecing. There are several good grays in this thread.

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  6. Love this baby quilt! I use Cairo quilt thread as well. I also love Glide and I think others would like it as well.

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  7. Great finish, Amy! As for the thread, I love Glide, so I'd really like to try the Cairo. :)

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    1. Yes, I love the Glide as well. Such yummy thread.

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  8. Are the blocks 12"? or are they bigger? They seem bigger... But either way it is SUPER cute (and fast!)

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    1. Yes, 12 inch blocks and the whole quilt is 48x48. I'd love to do this in some solids next, as it does give great spaces to quilt.

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  9. Love Glide thread.........use it most all the time. Do prefer the poly over the cotton, however........just sayin'. Would love to see the finished quilt!!!!!

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    1. Glide is definitely one of my favorites for sure!

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  10. Sounds like I have a few more threads to experiment with, so thanks for the info. You baby quilt is adorable. I love big blocks!

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  11. Love the large block quilt. I would be interested in the threads. Haven't tried either one yet.

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