Friday, December 12, 2008

mckenna's quilt

Chris' cousin recently had a baby girl, so this was sent off to welcome her to the family.
I've loaned the pattern out and don't remember what magazine I found it in, but will post that info when the pattern is returned.
The majority of the fabrics were leftover from making the yoyo puppy for Trixie. They'd been purchased as a fat quarter bundle. Others came out of the stash. The acid green fabric that balances the fuschia came from Jan's fabric rejects. Isn't it great when one person's trash becomes your treasure?

My favorite part is the backing. I used a vintage pink seersucker I picked up in a thrift shop. It made the quilt even more puckery when I washed and dried it.

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12 comments:

One Reader said...

Ooh, that is just lovely! I really love the balance you achieved. Also the puckery-ness is wonderful, it really added another dimension. So Girly!

be*mused jan said...

It is a stunner! I'll bet the recipients love the quilt.
And are you sure I put that great green in my giveaway pile? ;-)

amy said...

Wonderful quilt! Such gorgeous colors for a girl! I believe the mag is the summer 2008 Fons & Porter Easy Quilts. Adorable!

jenny said...

those colors are remarkable together!

Wendy said...

Amy, thanks issue date! I realized that I only have the pattern pages, not the whole magazine and may be missing some of the issue information.

Jan, I swear you gave this one up willingly, but I can't promise I won't sneak a few in my bag the next time I visit your sewing room. ;)

Kristi said...

That is so CUTE! Great job! Quilting is something I really need to learn. It seems kind of exact though and I don't know if I can cut something "exact" to save my life.

Tuli said...

So how does one achieve that awesome puckeryness? Do you avoid pre-washing the fabric? Wash in hot water? oooh, do tell! This newby quilter is dying to know!

Wendy said...

Kristi, Get yourself a rotary mat and cutter and a presser foot with a 1/4" seam guide and you'll be good to go. Without those items, I'd never cut stuff or sew it accurately.

Tuli, I almost always prewash fabrics that come in my house because I don't know if I'll use them to sew clothing (when you definitely want to prewash and preshrink stuff). Unfortunately, that takes away some puckering when you wash a finished quilt. This group of fabrics hadn't been prewashed though because I started to use them right away for that yoyo puppy. Add a seersucker backing which puckers up a lot when its washed and this one looks wonderfully wrinkly. So, if you want lots of puckering - don't prewash your fabrics. (It's not very risky anymore to skip prewashing unless you're using lots of reds, especially batiks, or vintage fabrics that may not have very stable dyes.)

Susie Sunshine said...

Nice going, this makes me want to reverse my tubal so you'll make me one too.

Rebekah said...

this is so adorable! I love the fabrics that you used!

jacquie said...

so cute. i'll be waiting to see the pattern. love the fabrics and color combo...so fresh!

Charlotte Gurwell said...

Great job on the quilt -- I was admiring your selvege quilts and looking at your other quilts when I saw the baby quilt for McKenna. I thought it looked familiar -- and yes, it is from the Fons and Porter "Easy Quilts" magazine, Summer of 2008. I made the original "Baby Strips" quilt for their baby quilt contest. It was fun to see another version!