Friday, April 5, 2019

Octopus's Garden

I can't believe I still have friends who are having babies when mine is about to head off for college but I do and I needed a last minute baby gift.  I'm not going to lie, I completely stole this idea from schnigschnagquiltsandmore.  I loved hers and had all the same fabrics so it was a no-brainer.

I've used this Garden Fence pattern by Hyacinth Quilt Designs before for A Walk in the Park - Just as easy as I remembered.  Strip piecing the outer edges helps this go together so fast.

For the quilting I used big swirls.  I'm never pleased with the shape of my rings but it seemed perfect for this quilt.  I tried to let go of my inner perfectionist and just embrace the effect.

Gratuitous basting shot because I always like to document when I do my least favorite part of the process.

I've learned the hard way that it's always best to make a test block before I cut all my fabrics for a new pattern.  My BQF talked me in to joining her for the Shimmer block-a-long so I decided to use my scraps and make a companion pillow.

And here they are together ready to be delivered.

Sharing the love and keeping the blogging world going with this week's Brag About Your Beauties Pageant by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty.

Quilt Stats:
Finished quilt is 34" x 45"
Pattern: Garden Fence by Hyacinth Quilt Designs.
Fabrics: Coral Queen of the Sea by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient.
Thread: 50wt Aurifil in  Light Juniper (2845).

Pillow Stats:
Finished pillow is 18" x 18"
Pattern: Shimmer by Cluck Cluck Sew.
Fabrics: Coral Queen of the Sea by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient.
Thread: 50wt Aurifil in  Light Juniper (2845).


5 comments:

  1. Love this. Love the colors. It's a real beauty! Great job quilting, too.

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  2. Pretty quilt, I love your quilting!

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  3. Beautiful project! I'm always impressed by how you take the extra time to try things out before diving in (bad mermaid-related pun intended). Practice blocks, proof of concept ... if only I followed your lead, I'd shed less tears at my sewing machine!

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  4. Hi Alidiza! Oh, I just love these two pieces together. Love, love, LOVE the fabric you chose for this - it turned out great. And your quilting looks perfect and gives it a bit of movement. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  5. I love the big swirls of quilting on this quilt. It's a wonderful quilt and the pillow is a bonus. I also have friends who are having babies and my kids are out of college now!

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