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Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt

I like making seasonal quilts, but I rarely get the quilt finished until after the season is over. This little rag quilt is a happy exception! I saw a set of fabric panels featuring girls with sewing accessories in a springtime palette I just couldn’t resist, then found a cheery border fabric in peaches and beige. The result is a medallion rag quilt — a quilt where the focal point is the image in the center.

I made the quilt just for fun, but a friend of mine will be having a baby girl in a couple of months, and I think it will make a perfect baby gift for the new girl.

This quilt uses a couple of my favorite rag quilting techniques:

  • Mixing standard piecing in the center of the quilt with rag quilted borders and outer edges. The fabric panel I started with was rather tall and narrow. Just adding borders to the panel would have created a quilt that is too long and skinny for proper lounging. I widened the center panel by adding a border of flannel roses left over from one of the quilts I made for Rag Quilting for Beginners, then framed the whole thing with a green polka dot border.
  • Mixing quilter’s cotton, flannel, and polyester fleece. Some people feel nervous about doing this, but I have done it many times with no problems. I also mixed three different fleece backings in three colors to create the right color effects on the front of the quilt.

Here are a few more views of the quilt:

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt Border Detail

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt Border Detail

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt

Spring Girl Whole Quilt

Spring Girl Whole Quilt

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt 3

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt Central Panel

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt Central Panel

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt

Spring Girl Medallion Rag Quilt

 

(The fabric panel series is called “The Makers,” designed by Cori Dantine for Blend fabrics, and the main border fabric is called “Hello Bear Follow Me” in the peach color way, by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics. A big thank-you to Mary Heany for giving me the fleece backing fabric.)

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Free Cats and Quilts Coloring Page For You

Free Cat Coloring PageHere’s a little freebie for our quilting friends who like to color: a printable coloring page ready for you to download and decorate with pencils, markers, or crayons. Once you download the page, you can print it as many times as you like. It’s our thank-you gift to you for being a Quilter’s Diary reader. Click the button to download it now. Get it now button

 

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Quilting Wisdom

I’m guessing that many of you are suckers for the funny photos of animals and everything else under the sun that circulate on the Internet.  (We certainly are!) Here are a few quilting-themed graphics I have been inspired to make recently. I love a good laugh, and I love having fun with quilting. I hope you enjoy these light-hearted takes on the quilting life.

Good Place fabric store

Want Help Basting that Quilt

Thanks but I'd rather stay home and quilt.

Thanks but I’d rather stay home and quilt.

I like to party

“I like to party. And by party, I mean quilting.” I mostly quilt solo, but any time I get to spend cutting up fabric and making it into something beautiful is a good time in my book.

If that quilter’s look is too aggressive for you, here’s one that’s a bit cuter. This forecast covers just about every weekend around here. “Weekend forecast: Quilting.”

Weekend Forecast Quilting

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Bright Baby Rag Quilt

Bright Baby Rag Quilt 4 2016Last week’s quilting project: making this rag quilt (about 60″ x 40″) for a brand-new baby boy. The pattern for the quilt is just about the easiest pattern in the whole world, (you can get it here, in my rag quilting book for beginners), but making this quilt was a challenge for me because of the colors the baby’s mother chose for the quilt. They are bright. Bright, bright, BRIGHT! So bright that when I cut the fabric strips for the quilt and laid them out on my cutting table, I really hesitated to sew them together. I had to find a way to tame these intense colors, or this quilt would not look good at all.

Luckily, rag quilts offer an easy way to soften colors that don’t play well together — the backing fabric. The backing on a rag quilt also forms the fringed seam allowances you see on the front side of the quilt. I decided to back this quilt with white polyester fleece so the white fringe would create visual resting places between the strips of bright color on the front of the quilt. I wouldn’t ordinarily choose white for a child’s quilt, but polyester fleece doesn’t stain easily, and it is very tough and washable. Find out more about using fleece as a quilt backing.

You can see how the white strips of fringe make it possible to put a bold multicolored stripe next to a flaming orange-on-orange zebra pattern on one side and a crowd of cartwheeling robots on the other. It’s a kind of visual miracle the way white can soothe powerful colors, even when used in small amounts as it was in this quilt.

Here are a few more views of the quilt. This one shows how simple the pattern is:

Bright Baby Boy Rag Quilt Flat

Here’s a detail showing one of the decorative stitches I used to quilt the sections:

Bright Baby Boy Rag Quilt Detail 4

I quilted every section with a different stitch. That’s a great, low-risk way to try out stitches and free-motion quilting motifs you haven’t used before.

Bright Baby Boy Rag Quilt Detail 2

I like the robot fabric a lot, but I think my favorite is the orange zebra fabric.

Bright Baby Boy Rag Quilt Detail 1

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The Cats Who Help Us Quilt

We’d like to thank Quilter’s Diary reader Beth for posting a link to our new Cats and Quilts Coloring Book on her blog, and for letting us post these photos of her own quilting cat, who looks about as helpful as quilting cats usually are. Anyone else have a quilting cat to share with us?

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If you want to see an impressive quilted work of art, check out the Attic Window quilt Beth made for her son and daughter-in-law.  The quilting is elegant and the cross-stitched details make us feel a mingled feeling of jealousy at her skill and exhaustion at the thought of making all those tiny stitches. Beautiful work, Beth!

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Valentine XO Heart QuiltThis Throwback Thursday, we’re looking back at a simple Valentine’s Day quilt tutorial first posted in 2012. This little 24″ x 21″ quilt is the perfect size to hang on the wall or at your front door. Click here for a detailed photo tutorial that shows you how to make this cute small Valentine’s banner. It takes just a few hours from start to finish, so there’s still time to make it before the big day!

 

 

 

 

 

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