Monday, February 3, 2014

Tristan Quilt Part Three

Making progress on the details of Tristan's bright and sassy quilt.  First I auditioned the embroidery, a simple but masculine font with first and middle name, and birth date.  I tried motifs but the designs were just too busy for all the bold colors and prints.  I used a dark teal rayon thread, so it would show up on the turquoise fabric and not get lost in the quilting.

This is a spare bandana, which I will give to Tristan also to use as a bib, a clean up cloth or a fashion accessory.  ;)  I keep a stack of colored bandanas to use as last minute embroideries for kids or new puppies.  This one is a washed out blue that goes with the tones of the quilt.  

Then I mounted the quilt on the trusty six-needle.

As the embroidery unfolded, I tried several backing fabric prints, and found that the batik in greens and blues was the best match, and went well with the beachy lifestyle of this little family.

So now all the decisions are made, and it's time to get to the quilting.  Onto the quilt frame it goes.

If you're working on a home machine, it's the same quilt sandwich. Backing face down, batting next (I always use 100% cotton thin and unbleached batting for baby quilts, because of its natural materials, and it's vintage cozy pucker when it's laundered), then the quilt top face up.  Baby quilts and smaller lap quilts are always instantly gratifying since they finish quickly, and are a treasured gift.

Be back shortly with the actual quilting process and designs.
Happy sewing,

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