Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Summer Quilted & a laptop sleeve

Finally finished quilting the Just Dreaming Summer Quilt! 

I think this quilt has been in the making for nearly 2 years now, not finished yet though, still have the binding to do but I'm really happy to be over the quilting hurdle.

This was also my first time hand quilting, and although the stitching as a whole is really very wonky and uneven  as a result of the really very wonky and carefree piecing, and the fact that I possibly stitched a bit tightly... I really like it! and I love the look of the hand quilting and surprisingly really enjoyed the process... Uh oh, I think I might be hooked on hand quilting!

Next time though...

1. I might not piece a quite so wonky quilt which as a result makes quilting a bit of a pain and also wonky.

2. Check the tension of my seams as I'm piecing, as I discovered a couple of small areas where the tension had gone too loose and was going to come apart so I had to do some invisible stitching. Why I didn't discover these a while a go is beyond me! I think those strips must have been sewn just before my machine went funny and needed to be serviced.

3.I think I might spray baste the quilt first or at least the back of the quilt because I don't think my pin basting was great.

I am also working on a laptop sleeve at the moment for my new laptop, how cute it is!? I was able to choose between a peppermint coloured top, pink or silver. I couldn't decide between the last two but in the end they only had pink or peppermint, so pink it was!
The photo doesn't show the actual colour very well. It is more like a pinky Fuchsia.

and because I didn't take a full photo of it, here's a sneak of the laptop sleeve in progress...

 The Laptop sleeve is inspired by this tutorial on Sew Mama Sew by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! :

Enjoy the rest of the week,

Miranda & Charlie

PS. Linking up to Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, so pop over and be inspired by the amazing things people have been making.

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  1. I love your quilt, Miranda - it's definitely summery!! Kudos on the hand quilting - something I've never tried and don't think I'll ever be able to find the time to do....

  2. Pretty quilt and that little stuffed owl is super cute! I felt I was terrible at pin basting at first, but now that I've done it 6 or 7 times I'm a lot better at it.

  3. That laptop sleeve is going to be so great!!

    I especially love how you quilted the quilt...very beautiful and it caught my eye right away! I have never pin basted, but the spray basting worked out for me pretty well, I'm actually going to spray baste another quilt this afternoon!

  4. What a fun summery quilt. I love your hand quilting! Great job!

  5. I'm so impressed that you hand-stitched your quilt! That's awesome. I've found spray basting to be the best thing ever! It really helps make the finished product look professional.

  6. Wow the quilt is lovely! And I adore the little owl!

  7. Your quilt is really beautiful! I love it! The colors are so spring like!!! Great job!
    carla louise

  8. Wow, those are each very beautiful! I love the colors and that owl is so sweet!

  9. I think the quilt looks amazing! I love things that look like they have a lot of love put into them. :) And there's that adorable owl! Do you have a pattern for him by chance? He's just so cute!!

  10. Miranda, your quilt is ablsolutely adorable, I cannot see what you mean about the seams, really, all these little things you think didnt come out right is what makes it a work of art, its beautifully handmade!

  11. That is too much cuteness packed into one post! I would've spread it over weeks :) I love your quilt, the white sashing and bold colors, gorgeous! Thanks for linking to Fabric Tuesday.

  12. Love this quilt! Love this quilt! Did you use a pattern or make it up yourself? If you have a pattern, where'd you get it?
    Mrs. Hearts

  13. Miranda this quilt is really you, bright, colorful and filled with life..and the hand quilting...well I only hand quilt...I love the looks of it better, I love the texture and loftiness of it all...it just looks fresher..sew well done....and your new lap top..well FRESH and BOLD love it..


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