The new project will be more interesting to piece than what I'd choose for a charity outreach project, but not nearly as complex as any of my WIPs that are anywhere near quilting stage. This baby quilt is intended as a gift for baby whose arrival is anticipated within the next week, so that gives me a built-in "deadline." [Just so we’re clear, that deadline is December of 2036. I hope to finish the baby quilt before the baby turns 18]. Baby quilts are really perfect for developing custom quilting skills because if it looks great, the recipient will love it -- and if it DOESN'T look that great, no one will notice because everyone will be gushing over an adorable BABY!
Behold, my new Modern Baby Clam Shell Quilt design:
|Modern Baby Clam Shell Quilt, 40 x 40|
Have I told you guys lately how much I love designing quilts in EQ? And no, they don't pay me to say that, either (unfortunately!). These clam shells will finish at 9.5" x 9.5", perfect for showing off large scale prints -- and perfect for piecing together relatively quickly, curved piecing challenges notwithstanding. I chose this size clam shell because I already own this set of 9.5" clam shell acrylic templates:
|Inside We're Sew Creative in Concord, NC|
And I am SO GLAD I went to We're Sew Creative in Concord, NC because, although they stock less fabric overall than Sew Much Fun, the lines they DO carry are some of my favorites -- and they also carry the following products that I did not know I could purchase locally and had been reluctantly ordering online:
- Groz-Beckert Industrial needles for my APQS longarm quilting machine
- A complete line of Aurifil cotton threads in every color, even the thicker weights I've been dying to try
I think this shop has been open for about 8 years, so it's not a new shop -- but it IS newly one of my favorites! I will be changing my longarm needles and my applique needles more frequently now that I know I can get in my car and buy new ones any time I need them, and I am SUPER EXCITED that I can buy that gorgeous, strong, tension-friendly Glide thread in person, where I can lay strands of different colors across my fabric rather than guessing about colors that I see on a computer monitor. I am GIDDY.
I ended up with a different color scheme for my Modern Baby Clam Shell quilt than what I originally designed in EQ:
|My Real Life Selections for the Modern Baby Clam Shell Quilt|
|Modern Baby Clam Shell in Grunge Sky with Painted Garden Layer Cake|
I like the bold colors and "painterly" style of these florals especially, and the scale of the prints is perfect for my oversize clam shells:
|10 Inch Painted Garden Layer Cake, Same Size as My Cut Clam Shells|
|Moda Grunge Basics in Sky|
|Backing Fabric: Kaffe Fassett Rose Clouds in Mint Green, FreeSpirit Fabrics|
|Tula Pink's All Star Stripes in Peony, FreeSpirit Fabrics|
I'll be quilting this with Glide monofilament polyester thread in color #37457 Cloud, which is a really close match to the Grunge-Sky background fabric. That will help to camouflage the wobbles that are to be expected when learning new skills, and I know from experience that Glide thread is beginner friendly and easy to use with my longarm machine. I even doodled some quilting ideas on my iPad last night:
|Possible Quilting Design|
...And yet, with all of this designing and fabric shopping and quilt doodling, no actual sewing has been done... Well, my main sewbaby, the 'Nina 750QE, was in the Bernina shop for her annual Well Baby visit last week, and I'm juggling several interior design projects for clients, just finished up a class I've been taking, and oh yeah -- only 23 days until Christmas. I haven't even set foot in my studio.
And yet, on this first Sunday of Advent, what I think I'd most like to work on is my Jingle BOM quilt:
|2013 Jingle BOM, Designed by Erin Russek, Hogging My Design Wall Since Late June|
And so, because I am a crazy person who likes to torture myself with unnecessary stress and anxiety around the holidays, I hereby declare that:
Finishing My Jingle Quilt Top is My OMG (One Monthly Goal) for December!
I'm linking this post with the December OMG linky party over at Elm Street Quilts, and I'm also linking up with:
- · Oh Scrap! at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com
- · Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts http://smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com
- · Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts http://www.cookingupquilts.com/
- · Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt http://lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com/
- · Moving it Forward at Em’s Scrap Bag: http://emsscrapbag.blogspot.com.au/
- · BOMs Away at Katie Mae Quilts: https://www.katiemaequilts.com/blog/
I will love to see your Jingle Bell quilt finished - please post photos along the way will love to see them. You Can Do It!!! love the clam shells too and sounds like you are lucky to have quilt shops - I found out we have one small one now about 25 to 30 miles from me but have heard nothing good about it and haven't bothered to drive over to see it mainly from what I hear is the weird hours they keep - sounds like they open when they want and close when they want - really how is anyone supposed to know if they are open without calling in advance - not for me I will stick with on line and drive 1 1/2 hours when I really feel like it - which I normally do not if I really want to feel the fabric before I buy :(
I’m excited to see Jingle finished! This drew me in a long time ago. I made a quilt with the painted Garden line this past summer and was really happy with it. It went to a friend newly diagnosed with cancer. Good luck with your projects! I’m cheering you on to the finish line.
That sure sounds like a fun shopping trip. I love what you selected for the baby quilt. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with Grunge! Good luck on finishing up Jingle - perfect reason to do so to make room for the baby clam shell!
I really like the clam shell pattern you designed. It is going to be lovely!
Pretty quilt top! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilt One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.
I visited that shop a year ago while on a trip with my husband. I was basically ignored for the the entirety of my visit. I was left standing at the register so long I just about walked out! Looks like you had a better experience than that. Can't wait to see the baby quilt!! Get going with it already. LOL
Wow! I absolutely love it and truly can’t waiy to see the completed project. This was a delightful read! Good luck with your OMG! That’s a biggie! I was always smitten with that quilt along, but not much for applique work, so I just admired it from afar.
Drooling over your fabric choices for the baby clam quilt! Luscious :)
Hi Rebecca, that's going to be one lovely baby quilt. And they are perfect for practicing on! Good luck!
Love the clams!
I sure hope you get your Jingle BOM done this month because it is exquisite. Your workmanship is to die for - perfection! I am in love with this quilt!
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