June 28, 2013

Swell quilt

Well, finally Swell quilt is done! 

First, I do wanna tell a little bit about the process of making this quilt. I hope I can help you with my mistakes also my hits on the way. Since we're quilting along, I really wish you can get the most of this.


This quilt is officially my daughter's quilt. Since day one, I knew that she would love the colors and prints I chose for this quilt. Most of the scraps came from previews bags I used to make (I had a small bag company named with my name years ago) before she was born. I couldn't get a rid of those scraps before moving to USA, so I brought them with me. I even thought it was a big craziness of mine because I caught myself several times looking for those bags of scraps and having no idea what I should make with them.

Back and batting:

I liked this pattern so much because it gave me all the freedom to use my scraps. Even the back I was determined to make a very scrappy one. I'm so glad Camille chose this pattern as the first one in the book. This quilt definitely can be make only by scraps. It should be. You just need some white or neutral fabrics to stand the prints out.
I'm in love with the Pellon batting I've used for this quilt. It is 100% bleached cotton. I liked it even more than one I use for a baby quilt I made while ago (I used other brand, a mix of bamboo and cotton batting, very light, but great one too).

My daughter still sleeping in a kind of half crib/half bed. Before she gets a new bed the quilt will bring a lot of color to her room.


The most challenging part of making this quilt... I've to confess, I'm not experienced handling big quilts on my machine. I've a Dream Series Quilter machine by Baby Lock, an excellent machine. But, I still need a lot of practice quilting. So, I decided I would make swirls on the white area, and on the crosses, I'd stitch in the ditch or make the same quilting pattern as Camille's quilt in the book (kind of four points flower). I just couldn't decide again. So, I did the swirls and left for last quilting on the printed area, I mean, on the crosses (not good method since the quilting should be continuous through the quilt). Result of that: I gave up on it and wasn't excited anymore to get over the whole quilt again. 

Actually, I wasn't bothered by the crosses not being quilted and decided to bind instead of wasting my time with indecision on what to do. My hope now is: quilting the printed area in my next long arm machine quilting class. 

I quilted loops on the inner border (white) and decided not to quilt the outer border. The fabric from the outer border has some texture and I think it looks beautiful the way it is.


One more chance to use scraps... I still had some strips and they were perfect to make a scrappy binding.  I machine binding my quilt. I know it can be prettier made by hand, but I'll be less worried throwing this quilt in the wash machine. And I'm sure I'll do that a lot ;-)

Overall this is a very simple pattern to follow.  Just pay attention at the diagram and follow that. The finished size of my quilt is 43"x 49". I'd make this quilt in many color combinations and I'd have a lot of fun each time!

I'd love to hear your experiences through the process of making your first project from the book Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley. If you are just getting to know about this quilt along, please join us and learn more here and here.
For those that are following along I just updated the week 1 post. Check it out here.


Melanie said...

Your quilt looks so lovely!

ramblingroses said...

What an absolutely adorable quilt! The swirls add the perfect texture on the white. I bet you have a whole lot of memories with all of the scraps you used :) Your daughter is beautiful!

Elaine said...

It came out grat I live reds and whites nd the splash of color on the binding and the back is beautiful, great job! Thanks for hosting this quilt along, I'm getting so much done and enjoying myself! : D

Jenniffier Kramer said...

The quilt looks great!

Jana Machado said...

Hi Melanie! I also loved your first block!

Hi ramblingroses!
Thanks a lot for sharing about the quilt along on your blog! I couldn't leave a comment there :-/ I don't have a Wordpress account :-/

Jana Machado said...

I'm also excited to see how fast you are with your projects Elaine! That's great!

Hi Jenniffier thank you for stopping by!

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carol fun said...

I LOVE this quilt... I have the book and until I saw your version I hadn't thought of making it from scraps.. I have lots of novelty fabrics and this would be a perfect way to showcase them. Thanks for the inspiration... and your daughter is adorable!