Springtime Wall Hanging

Hello everyone, and happy (almost) spring! I finally finished a quilt! It's a mini quilt, but it still counts, right?

I've been doing a lot of quilt designing since I got EQ7, but only a couple of them have actually made it out into the world as actual quilts, so I've decided to make as many of them as I can into mini quilts, on the theory that more of them will see the light of day. I'm pretty in love with this one, which I'm calling "Spring Fling"; it's been raining for about 300 days straight in Seattle (or it feels like it, anyway!), but things are once again green and a few brave flowers are blooming, including all the cherry trees.

I used Cotton + Steel (and one triangle of Sarah Jane, because Narwhals) in a bunch of different prints, trying to stay within the same shades of pink and green, on a background of Kona Cotton in color Nautical. I know everyone and their mother is obsessed with Cotton + Steel, but there's a reason! The prints are adorable, the colors are gorgeous and steadfast, and the cotton is high quality. I can never decide which prints are my favorites, so I've bought a couple of stash boxes from Pink Castle Fabrics and been really happy with the mix that came...it probably helps that the designers love mustard green, pinks, and blues just as much as I do! Also, there's bunnies on a bunch of their lines, and who can resist bunnies??

Lately I've been really interested in how you can make thousands of patterns with just HST (half square triangles) arranged different ways, so most of my recent quilt designs are playing around with that. I've also been thinking a lot about reflections (must be all those pools of water everywhere...), so this design is sort of a play on that and where we put our negative space.

I also had to upgrade my machine last year (a word of warning to those making rope baskets: make sure your motor can handle it!) and I hadn't actually quilted anything on it, so I took it out for a spin and quilted some tulips as borders.

They're not perfect, but I'm coming to accept that my quilting never will be, and probably never should be. As my husband regularly points out, it's what makes handmade things different; the "mistakes" are sometimes the thing people love about it. Which doesn't mean I'm not going to try...just that I won't take it out more than once. Or twice. Three times, tops! I quilted it with Aurifil thread; a variegated green color on the pink and green triangles and a navy blue on the negative space. I've switched over to Aurifil almost exclusively; it's the only thread I've found that doesn't give me a lint headache while I'm making the rope bowls, and there's no sense in buying one set of thread for those and one set for quilting! I do use 40 weight thread though. I know a lot of quilters who swear by 50 weight, but it's too thin for the bowls, I've found, and doesn't make much of a difference to me when quilting. I think it made a pretty cool pattern on the back though, since I outline quilted the whole thing.

For the binding, I used a bit of quarter inch bias tape I had laying around, which I did by hand. I swear, I really did attempt to machine bind it, but I just never like the way it looks. I realize that I probably never will until I practice, but for now, I like the peace of hand sewing, and it's kind of nice to just take a minute to sit with your quilt, so I'll probably stick with it for the forseeable future!

Spring Fling (along with some new bowl designs) is up in the shop, so if you're looking for a bit of springtime for your wall, now would be the chance! I think I've made the decision to keep just my Amazon shop; I think it's a bit easier, both for me and for you guys, but feel free to send me feedback on that if you have an opinion one way or another - it's always nice to have your input :).

Paddington Bear Wholecloth Quilt

A while ago I got a commission to make a simple baby quilt in gray and cream. Looking around for cute gray fabric, I stumbled across the new Paddington Bear collection from Camelot Fabrics, and it was perfect! I ended up with a soft, drapey quilt that still had an cute (but not cutesy) design: Gray baby quilt, Paddington bear fabric with teal binding

The gray colorway is Tonal Paddingtion in Grey and I really loved working with it; the cotton is so soft, it almost feels like flannel. For the back I used Medium Dot in Cream on Cream by Riley Blake:

Riley Blake Medium dot Cream on Cream wholecloth quilt, teal binding

Paddington Quilt 8

To get accurate circles, I used my making pen (always test first!) and a compass to draw them as straight and close together as I could, then quilted those lines. I really like the little diamonds in between each circle, and by following one curved line after another (so, top half of one circle into the bottom half of the one next to it), I kept the stopping and starting to a minimum.

Tracing circles onto a wholecloth quilt

This technique worked well and I'm definitely going to use it again, although I think I'd make my circles smaller, just because I tend to like things more densely quilted. I added some teal binding (Ta Dot in Teal by Michael Miller) and once the baby was here, his initials and the date of his birth.

Folded Paddington Bear Quilt with teal binding

I usually just freehand when I do initials, but I wanted these at a specific spacing within the circle, so I used my ruler to give myself some lines while I was writing.

Close up of embroidered initials

All in all it turned into a pretty little blanket even without the piecing I usually do, and it was certainly a lot faster! I think I'm going to do a few of these when I'm having one of those "need to sew, but don't want anything super complicated" days.

Paddington Quilt 2

Nye Quilt

Now that the issue is out, I can finally write about the Nye quilt! Gray and teal modern quilt draped on a table

It's been so hard to keep this one under wraps because I loved it so much, so keeping the secret for 3 months was really tough. It was also my first pattern to be published in a magazine, so of course I wanted to shout it from the roof tops!

Gray and teal modern baby quilt hanging in a playground

I've had some people ask about the process and how this came about, so I thought I'd go over how it happened for this post. I've followed Kristy over at Quiet Play for a long time now (I absolutely love her paper pieced patterns and tutorials), so when I saw that she was starting up an online magazine called Make Modern with Jane (of Where Jane Creates) and Lara (no blog but check out her awesome instagram to see her amazing projects), I decided to just see if I could come up with something worthy!

Gray and teal modern baby quilt draped over a tree

I've been using the Quiltography app to play around with some designs, and this quilt came out of one of those. I might post a more in depth review of Quiltography at some point, but basically I feel it's a worthwhile tool for the price; there are some shortcomings but it's pretty helpful for $15! I sent in a sketch to their submissions page, and heard back from Kristy pretty quickly that they liked it, but wondered if I could play around with it and make it more modern. I took a few hours and reworked it, and came up with the final design, which they loved!

Gray and teal modern baby quilt draped on a fence

That first email was way back in late July, so I had two months to make the quilt and photograph it, not to mention write the pattern and make the template! There was a lot of trial and error for the size of the bow tie blocks; that's one huge shortcoming with the app - there's no measurement aspect to it, so you're still on your own with the math - which is decidedly not my strong suit. I eventually got it worked out though and got to work. Things were going well, until I figured out halfway through that I had been using the wrong white as the background! It was just barely noticeable, but I couldn't let it go, so I had to redo about half of my blocks. Luckily, it gave me lots of practice, so by the time I was done with this thing, I could whip out about 12 of them in a day.

Gray and teal modern baby quilt hanging in a playground

I ended up fussy cutting my fabric so that each bow tie block had a bee and a little beehive included, and I'm so happy I took the extra time because it ended up looking really nice.

Close up of modern baby quilt, fussy city with a bee and a beehive

I'd been writing the pattern as I went along (I find it's easier to do it as I go rather than trying to remember after the fact), so once the quilt was done, I just had to tweak the flow of it to make sure the instructions made sense. We were getting into the rainy season here in Seattle by then, but I managed to get photographs on a rare sunny day over at a nearby playground. I sent everything in (on time, I might add!), and then all that was left was final edits! The magazine did all the technical edits (thanks ladies!), so all I had to do was go over the proof, and the final template needed to be tweaked a bit. And then...I had to wait.

Close up of gray blocks on modern baby quilt, fussy cut with bees and beehives

There was about a month between when I turned it in and when the pattern came out, and it felt like so long, especially after Kristy emailed to let me know that they had chosen my quilt for the cover! I was so thrilled, particularly since all the projects in the issue were so great.

Cover of Make Modern Magazine with quilt by Measured and Slow

So that's the story! If you'd like to make this quilt for yourself, the pattern is in issue two of Make Modern Magazine, and you can buy it (or subscribe!) at their website. Or if you fancy buying the original, it's up in my Etsy shop. And for my fellow quilters, if you're thinking of submitting a design, the ladies at Make Modern are lovely to work with, so I encourage you to take a shot at it!

Close up of gray and teal blocks on modern baby quilt

The Kisses Quilt of Doom

Up until a few months ago, I had been fairly lucky in my quilting life. Some frustrating moments, but no huge failures. Until the Kisses Quilt of Doom.

It didn't start out as a quilt of doom. It started out as me consuming entirely too much modern art (I spend a lot of time on google images), combined with a new challenge from the Modern Quilt Guild and Michael Miller for the new Petal Pinwheels line of fabric. I'm a big fan of both Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein and have been wanting to try a pop art inspired quilt for a while, so I decided this was my opportunity. It started out well; I came up with a plan to cut one inch circles out of the fat quarters provided, after fusing them to some Heat 'n Bond.

Pile of fabric polka dots

I cut three lips outlines from some white fabric (again backed by Heat'n Bond) fused the little circles to those, then ironed the lips onto a larger piece of fabric. All was well, things were looking great!

Unfinished, Andy Warhol/Roy Lichtenstein quilt with lips and polka dots

And then...well, things went to hell in a handbasket pretty quickly. Turns out that all that Heat'n Bond made my fabric really, really thick, and I broke 4 needles just trying to get those things quilted. Not taking the hint, I decided to quilt diagonal lines a quarter inch apart...which halfway through I realized were bowing and turning more into half moons than straight lines.

This is where things really took a turn for the worse. I unpicked all those stitches and then, like a good quilter, marked my lines so I could sew them straight. Only, I failed to realize that I had grabbed my grease pencil meant for marking templates, and not my washable quilting pencil. So, see these nice black lines? Can you guess what didn't happen when I washed it?

Unfinished, Andy Warhol/Roy Lichtenstein quilt with lips and polka dots

Yep. They didn't come out. At all. I tried everything I could think of, and everything the internet suggested, but I still had a beautiful quilt with ugly grease marks on it.

I still had a week until the challenge due date, so I cried a little, then sucked it up and started over (and I got my Letterpress dress out of the dismantling process, so it wasn't all bad). This time I just appliquéd the lips, so the only part that had Heat'n Bond was the little dots. I marked the lines again, but this time with tailor's chalk, which I had tested on the fabric and had washed out great. Quilting went quickly and smoothly, and I was so happy to get it done with a few days to spare.

Well. I don't know what happened between the testing and finishing the quilting, but it happened again. The blue lines of the tailor's chalk had somehow soaked in to the fabric, and it didn't come off all the way when I washed it. I was left with another quilt, this one with faint blue lines. At this point I was really ready to just throw in the towel, but I can be just a little stubborn sometimes, and I was determined to finish this thing, somehow. I ended up using some light blue thread and a decorative stitch, and went back over the marks, to make it look like I did it on purpose. Once I started adding the blue, it didn't look like the wall hanging I'd been intending, and more of a cute baby quilt, so I cut it down to just two lips. Here's how it ended up:

Andy Warhol/Roy Lichtenstein wall hanging quilt with lips and polka dots

I'm actually pretty happy with how it turned out, though I still get pretty frustrated when I look at it. I do think the blue adds an interesting texture and I still like my original idea, so I may try it again at some point (some point that is far, far in the future). I do love how cutting up the fabric made really interesting geometric patterns, and I like the bold colors.

Close up of Andy Warhol/Roy Lichtenstein quilt with lips and polka dots

I outlined the lips with an orange zig zag stitch, and the back is really cute:

Back of Andy Warhol/Roy Lichtenstein quilt with outlined lips

I might like it more than the front, although I suspect that's more my irritation talking than anything.

Close up of back of Andy Warhol/Roy Lichtenstein quilt with orange outlined lips

So there you have it: my first total quilting failure. I didn't win the contest, but I'm still proud of myself for finishing, and she's heading to be shown at our guild's exhibit at the Northwest Quilting Expo...where I hope no one will be able to tell how many mistakes are in this one!

 

Another hexie project

Remember when I finished the hexie duvet and I said I'd take a break from hexies for a while? You all knew I was totally not going to follow through on that, right? Good, because I couldn't resist! paper pieced hexagons in yellow, green, gray, white, and orange fabric

I got the this fabric (Comma by Zen Chic for Moda) from my mama-in-law Leslie for Christmas last year, and I loved it so much that I've been hoarding it for just the right project. It was a jelly roll originally, so I've been researching various patterns for strips, but...it just felt like it needed to be patchwork, and squares aren't really a thing that grabs me. Despite my frustration with how long the first hexie blankie took, I loved the process (making and sewing hexies is pretty meditative) and it came out looking amazing. The picture of these fabrics in this pattern just wouldn't go away, and I figured six months was probably enough to think about it. The start of this was also aided by the sudden onset of super warm weather here in Seattle; when it gets too hot in the afternoon to machine quilt, this is a good alternative.

These hexies are even smaller than last time, at about an inch across. While they're definitely a bit harder to get used to at first, it didn't take too long to get the rhythm down again, and having them so small means they can be stored pretty conveniently:

paper pieced hexagons, thread, and a thimble in a carrying case

I learned a lot from the last blanket, not the least of which is that these little guys take a lot of time and patience, so this project isn't for anybody or anything in particular. I'm not even all the way sure what it will be - I think that will depend on how big it is when I get sick of it! I also cut the fabrics in a hexie shape to start out with, instead of squares; the squares worked fine last time but did create a bit of bulk in some of the seams, and it's looking a lot neater this time around. Admittedly, absolutely no one but me cares about that, but it still makes me happy.

the back of paper pieced hexagons in yellow, green, gray, white, and orange fabric

I love all of these fabrics and how they play together, but these ones are my favorites (right now).

three paper pieced hexagons in white, orange, and yellow fabric

Obviously polka dots are always at the top of the list, and the other two kind of look like fireworks to me. I love that hexies made from the same fabric come out looking different, just because of placement.

paper pieced hexagons in yellow, green, gray, white, and orange fabric, in a stack

And on a side note, has anyone else used these full finger leather thimbles?

Full length leather thimble

I love these things. Regular thimbles never seem to fit right, or make the tip of my finger feel weird (and I hate the metal ones). These are made with super soft leather, and the stretchy bit on the back makes it fit your finger really nicely, while still letting you move your finger freely. My grandmother used them quite a bit when quilting, and I've been looking for them for years with no success. I happened to come across one of hers that was still in the package, so now I know that it's made by Dritz and is still around - I will definitely be ordering a bunch to have on hand. Check them out next time you need a new thimble!

Scattered paper pieced hexagons in yellow, green, gray, white, and orange fabric

Hexie Quilt is Finished!

Ta da! The hexie quilt is finally done! Queen sized hand pieced quilt made with blue, gray, and yellow hexagons

The final tally was about 1500 hexagons, 4 spools of thread, and a million hours of sewing, but it was so worth it! It's a mix of different fabrics from different companies, but there's a whole lot of Michael Miller and Robert Kaufman in there. I'm really happy with the overall pattern (which was only half me; Mike and Aliya picked out the arrangement of the hexies), but I also love looking at the individual fabrics. As you can see, I used a lot of Just My Type.

Close up of queen sized hand pieced quilt made with blue, gray, and yellow hexagons

I hand stitched the hexies together, and then quilted them with a decorative loop stitch. I wanted to reinforce the hand stitching so it would hold up to every day use, and the loops add a nice texture. I was asked to make it into a duvet cover instead of a traditional quilt, so I used a yellow and white striped fabric for both the duvet part and the binding.  It turned out a bit heavier than I would have liked, but it had a lot more pieces than I normally use, and a lot more thread, so there wasn't much I could do to avoid it, and it ended up with a nice drape anyway.

close up of yellow striped binding on queen sized hand pieced quilt made with blue, gray, and yellow hexagons

I really like that it can be a duvet cover, but also looks nice just by itself, so it can still be used when it gets hot around here (which, admittedly, is really only for about a month in Seattle, but still).

Queen sized hand pieced quilt made with blue, gray, and yellow hexagons, spread over a white bed frame

This quilt was a lot of work, but I learned so much while I was working on it (main takeaway: you will need more hexies than you think!), and it's already getting  tons of love from it's new owners :). I'll definitely make another one...although I think I'll stick with baby sizes for a while!

Linking up this week with I Quilt Thursdays over at Pretty Bobbins!

Pincushions!

One of the many fun things we do at the Modern Quilt Guild is swaps; everyone makes a small project, puts it in a paper bag, and puts it on a table. Then everyone picks a random bag so that they end up with someone else's project. It's fun to see what everyone comes up with, and you end up with something cute to take home! This month's swap was pincushions, and I had a lot of fun following Yellow Spool's tutorial for this one with a cute embroidery hoop: Pincushion made from yellow and green text fabric, with embroidery hoop base and heart pins stuck in it

The fabric is from a Michael Miller line called Just My Type (in "Letterpress"). I am somewhat obsessed with these prints at the moment; my love for Michael Miller's cottons is well documented, and the colors are fantastic. I used a bunch of them for the hexie quilt (coincidentally they were just the colors I needed!) and have plans to make some modern baby quilts out of them soon - luckily my local fabric store has most of the prints in stock still. A fat quarter was more than enough to make this little guy, with enough left over for probably one more if I'm lucky. I was really tempted to keep it, but I'm glad I decided to swap, because I got the cutest strawberry!

Pincushion shaped like a strawberry

It was made by the lovely and talented Kam (she blogs over at http://www.needleplusthread.com and you should go visit). I just got my strawberry patch in a few days ago, so it was good timing! I also love that it's hanging; I have a little row of hooks that sits just to my left when I sew, and this is perfect to hang off of one of them for easy pin access.

While I was at it, I made a second pincushion that goes over the wrist, to wear when I hand sew. I wasn't sure if this was a thing other people would want or need, so I didn't want to make one to swap until I've tested it out. I've been doing a lot of hand sewing lately, and have a really bad habit of sticking needles and pins into the arm of the couch. Not only is this bad for the couch, but not too long ago I managed to get a needle puncture to the wrist after bringing my hand down in the wrong spot. I've been trying to keep them in a bowl since then, but it's a pain to have to reach over every time I need a pin or a place to put my needle temporarily. I'm pretty much constantly finding needles in the laundry that have fallen off of shirts I've stuck them into, so I'm hoping this eliminates that problem!

Wrist pincushion with pink sewing machine on it

This print is a fabulous one from Timeless Treasures called Adult Novelty (in Sewing Machines). It has a bunch of sewing machines from different decades, in really bright colors; this one is one of the 1930s ones. It was pretty simple to make, although I think next time I'll put some cardboard in the bottom to make sure nothing sharp gets through. I've been using it for a couple of days though, and so far no puncture wounds for either me or the couch :P.

If you're curious about what goes on at the guild (or want to join!), you can see more over at the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild's Instagram feed or visit the blog, where there's lots of pictures and information!

MQG Name Tag!

At our last meeting, I got my official Modern Quilt Guild membership card (yay!). I also got a scrap of logo fabric and a pin, to make my very own name tag out of. I would love to claim that this was all I was waiting for to get started on this project...but I think everyone knows me better than that by now. Our next meeting is next week, though, so I thought I should probably get cracking, and this is what I came up with: Modern Quilt Guild name tag made with Moda Zen Chic fabric in green, black, and cream

I didn't really have any idea what this was going to look like when I sat down to do it, and I started pulling scraps, since it's a small project. While I was digging around in my drawers, I came across the jelly roll of Comma (by Zen Chic for Moda) that I've been hoarding since Christmas, waiting for the perfect project. Obviously, this was not going to take the whole jelly roll, unless I wanted a name tag that would also keep me warm, but I pulled some of my favorite colors. Rita over at Red Pepper Quilts posted a good run down of this line, and informs me that the green on cream fabric is called Swinging. The green with the commas is called, weirdly enough, Commmas, and the gray on cream is called Asteriks. I'm not sure if this line is still available, but I love the bold colors and graphics - perfect for modern quilters.

For the bottom part, I used a paper piecing pattern from a new book called Vintage Quilt Revival. This book is fantastic; every block is really pretty, and I want to make all the projects at some point. I think the sampler quilt from the front is destined to live on our guest bed someday. I used just two of the Geometric Star pattern, and printed it at 60% size so my tag wouldn't be too big.

Modern Quilt Guild name tag made with Moda Zen Chic fabric in green, black, and cream

For the back I used a bit of navy fabric I had left over from the Hexie quilt, which I'm almost positive is from Riley Blake. The letters in my name and the randomly added purple octopus (which is there for absolutely no reason other than to make me happy) are from the book Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection. Most of you probably already know who Aimee Ray is, but if you've never seen her patterns, get over to her website right away. One of the things I love about both of these books is that they came with CDs to load the patterns onto your computer, which makes it really easy to combine patterns and resize things.

Back of Modern Quilt Guild name tag, blue and white polka dot fabric with purple octopus embroidered on it

When it came to the lanyard part, I made it up as I went, mostly because I didn't want to get up and search for a pattern. It's made of the leftover strips of fabric, sewn into a tube, turned right side out, and seamed on both sides. I just sewed it to the back; I don't have a ton of need for a lanyard in my daily life and it's unlikely to leave my tag anyway, so it didn't really need to be removable.

Modern Quilt Guild name tag made with Moda Zen Chic fabric in green, black, and cream

And for the last piece...my MQG pin!

Modern Quilt Guild name tag made with Moda Zen Chic fabric in green, black, and cream

The only downside is that now I have to wait five whole days to wear it and show off my handiwork...I may just wear it around the house in the meantime :P.

Buried Treasure

I've finally unpacked the last of my craft room boxes (it only took 8 months!) and I found some buried treasure that I thought I'd share. First up, a couple of really special quilt tops: Quilt top with gold birds and indigo clouds appliquéd on it

My grandmother was a quilter, and this is one of a few quilt tops that she gave me several years ago. She had largely stopped quilting at that point, and I had just started. I had them out in my room for a while, but felt much too intimidated to even know were to start quilting them, and eventually they got put away for space reasons. This one is all hand turned and appliquéd, with beautiful golden birds and indigo clouds.

Close up of quilt top with gold birds and indigo clouds appliquéd on it

It's quite long, and I haven't yet decided if I'm going to keep it tapestry length, or cut it into two pieces to make a blanket. It would be the perfect size for a baby blanket, and as my grandmother is no longer with us, I like the idea of making our (eventual) baby something that she started.

The other quilt top from her is more of a lap size:

Quilt top made with solid blue squares and blue and white checked squares

Again, it's all hand quilted patchwork. I think when I do quilt these, I'll hand quilt them, maybe with a bit of machine stitching in the ditch to stabilize it. I'm just now, some 5 or 6 years later, feeling confident enough in both of these skills to feel like I'll do them justice.  I'm really glad that I didn't just use these as practice projects, and I think they'll be beautiful with some careful planning.

Next up is an apron that I bought on sale right after my husband and I moved in together. It seemed like a good idea to have a cute apron for our brand new kitchen, and this one had a cupcake already drawn onto it (it was a kit, I think from Martha Stewart), so it seemed like an easy project. And it was...3 years later. I found it in the boxes and finally stitched it up, which took about an hour and made me feel really dumb for not just doing it sooner!

Apron with hand embroidered cupcake on it

I also found a baby bunting that I made from a Debbie Bliss pattern:

Baby sleep sack made from yellow wool

This was one of my first knitting projects, and you can tell that I wasn't so good at seams yet. It's also made out of wool, which is not exactly the most practical yarn for a baby garment, but at least it's warm! I think I'll redo the seams and add snaps in the enclosure rather than velcro, but then it can go to a new home.

Back of baby sleep sack made from yellow wool

And last but not least, not something I made, but treasure all the same:

Stuffed sewn letters spelling out "love"

This was made for me when I was a baby, and was in my room for my whole childhood. It came with me when I moved out on my own, and has lived in whatever space I used for sewing for the last few years.  It's looking a little worse for the wear, admittedly, but I still love it, and it's been restored to it's proper place above my craft desk.

So there you have it, my version of buried treasure! Pretty sure I would have been an excellent pirate :P.

Polka dots and flannel baby quilt

Today I have a quick little project that turned out great: IMG_3753

The brown fabric was a heavy cotton that's been in my stash for a while; originally it was going to be a skirt, but there wasn't quite enough of it to go around. The flannel baby print was a remnant that I picked up on sale somewhere. I've been trying to evaluate my fabric stash and use up the odds and ends to make room, and I have no idea why I didn't see that these two would be perfect together sooner.

I wanted a quick project and didn't particularly want to hand bind (I'm hand stitching a lot of the Hexie quilt so I'm a bit on overload as far as hand sewing goes), so I just sewed the pieces together with the right sides together and quilt batting on one side, then turned it right side out through a little gap.  I topstitched with Mettler thread in a dark chocolate color, and I'm really happy with how even and straight my walking foot is getting my stitches these days.

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Here's the part I'm really excited about, though: I've been practicing my free motioning (I've been doing a bunch of tutorials from Leah Day over at the Free Motion Quilting Project, but I haven't been brave enough to show any yet!) and I decided to free form letters on this one. I used my darning foot to write "love" in cursive a few times, and it turned out really cute.

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It's harder to see in this one, but this is how it looks full length.

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You can't really see it at all on the back, but that's okay since the writing would be backwards :P.

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I think next time I'll do smaller writing closer together, so that it's a little more densely quilted, but it worked out well for an experiment! If you like it, this quilt is available in my Etsy store :).

And since it's been a while, here's Penny the bunny hopping over to give it her sniff of approval :).

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