Monday, March 25, 2013

For my little Valentine...

Thanks so much for all of the support in my last post! I really, truly wasn't digging for compliments, nor was I trying to bash the Modern Quilt Guild. I simply wanted to share my quilt and how I was feeling!
I don't know if I shared this in my last post, but when I first received the feedback on my quilts I was pretty hurt and upset. It honestly did not occur to me that others had received similar feedback and were feeling the same way. Reading about others' experiences really helped me, and I'm glad that they shared their stories as well!

Now, onto something more cheerful! I made this quilt for Addy for Valentine's Day this year. I was in a bit of a time crunch with a few customer orders plus Matt's quilt to finish, so I didn't start this quilt until the night before Valentine's Day!! Luck for me our family has a tradition of sharing gifts in the evening on special occasions, so I worked long into the night and nearly had the quilt finished before Addy got home from school. I did have to hide in my bathroom to hand stitch the binding corners and add the quilt label, though!

Hello Kitty Valentine - front

I started this quilt with 8 11" squares of different Hello Kitty prints that I bought from an Etsy seller in Japan. I initially chose several different solids to use, and even cut the triangles. But after some late night texting with my friend Steph we decided that the colors weren't working at all. In the end I went with all reds, pinks, and white with a cross-weave thrown into the mix. It helps that pink is Addy's favorite color!

Hello Kitty Valentine - front detail

I think this is my favorite print:

Hello Kitty Valentine- front detail

On the back I used a few large pieces of HK prints from my stash:

Hello Kitty Valentine - back

I went with straight line quilting, and I really like how it turned out! It did take a bit longer than I expected though, because my initial thought was to simply follow the piecing lines. I didn't think that was enough quilting, though, so quilted through the centers of the triangles as well! I'm glad that I did, because I really like the look now!

Hello Kitty Valentine - back

Some quilt stats:
Finished size: 48" x 58"
Triangles are 10" finished, 60*

I want to share one last photo, but first I'll explain. I've been quilting for 11 years now. I'm pretty type A, and I try to take great care in every step of the quilt making process. For some strange reason I *love* to baste - I pin baste, on my little kitchen floor! For this quilt, I used bamboo blend batting, which is really soft and has a delicate drape. I've used this batting before and didn't think anything of it. However, I ended up with several folds in my backing after quilting all of those straight lines (this photo is just a sampling, there were a few more!)!


All of the folds involved the polka dot fabric, which came from a thrifted bed sheet. I'm assuming that the bed sheet was made up of a polyester blend, so I *think* that it may have been the smooth batting + the poly blend sheet that caused the shifting. I honestly think I could count on one hand how many times this has happened to me! I tried not to beat myself up about it, though....these things happen to even the most careful crafters, and Addy loves it just the same.

Oh, and since then I've used this same batting and also the Dream Orient batting (the Dream Orient is SO nice!) without issue. I have been trying to pin baste a bit closer together when using these battings, though. Just a tip, in case you decide to give either of these products a try. :)


Heather D. said...

It's lovely Nikki- what a sweet Valentine's quilt. A question - you said sometihng about handstitching the binding you machine stitch the binding otherwise? I've always wanted to try machine stitched binding but I don't know how the corners would turn out.

StasaLynn said...

I love the Hello Kitty fabric... Adorable quilt! Job well done!

Erica said...

This is adorable, I love all of the Hello Kitty. I have never used a poly blend for backing so I don't have any good advice there.

Lisa said...

cute! cute! love the hello kitty!

Madame Awesomepants said...

I've been meaning to tell you for ages, apparently we're not mid century cool, because after I said I didn't like all the other colors in the quilt, I saw this:

Erin said...

Great quilt. I LOVE the prints you added.

felicity said...

Super cute!!

Carla said...

I love red and pink together! So pretty

Emily said...

That HK fabric is so perfect! I love this quilt and the quilting is really great!

Sarah said...

Your hello kitty fabric is so cute, and the quilt has turned out so well. So pretty and happy! I read lots of blogs of people disappointed with their feedback from QuiltCon. You were certainly not alone in the upset or confused feelings.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Really cute, Nikki! I have hello kitty fat quarters--I should make my granddaughter a quilt like this--she would probably love it. I used some HK fabric on the inside of a skirt--the elastic casing--and she thought it was the coolest "surprise."