Wednesday, 28 December 2011

ABC Quilt

Over the past few weeks I have been embroidering squares for my DGD Alana to make into a quilt for her.

I decided because of her love of the little ducks we have in her toy box that there would be quite a few ducks in the quilt, and yellow would be the prominent colour.

My D Mike had to do some things with his son, so I had most of the day to get on with some sewing, so thought I need to finish off all my unfinished projects so got on with this.

I sewed a selection of squares some with the alphabet on so she can point to letters when she gets older, and some with her name on together with cute images.  The background fabric is made up of little sheep and numbers.

Other than a little quilt I made my hand for Alana's carry cot when she was born, this is the only the 2nd larger quilt I have made, this being the largest and to give you an idea of scale, it is covering the armchair.

There was approximately 2 metres of the background fabric, and approximately a metre of yellow and white, and half a metre of the black.

I embroidered the squares using my Janome 350e machine - and most of the images came from free downloads from various sites such at SueBox designs, Cute - just google free embroidery designs and you will see lots of them.

The alphabet squares I designed myself using my digitiser pro software, I also used my software to add Alana's name to some of the other squares.

To back the quilt I am using one of the really soft Ikea quilts.

I thought this was a good opportunity to break out my BSR foot that came with my Bernina Machine so I could do the aqufil embroidery between the squares.  My results are not perfect by any means, but its a start.  I did find moving the quilt around a little difficult but I got there in the end.  I think it is a case of practice makes perfect......hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

I have started to make some black bias binding which I will use to bind the quilt's raw edges tomorrow.  Its late now and time for bed, so more later......................

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