Friday, November 29, 2013

Nursery Quilt

A.K.A. Batik Machine Quilting Sampler
{a picture heavy post}
This quilt was so much fun to make.  It was inspired by a machine quilting project Amanda Jean shared on her blog, Crazy Mom Quilts.  She was using a quilt as you go method, but I didn't want to sew it together after quilting, so I pieced the entire top and then quilted it. 
This quilt is just fat quarters cut to the same size (about 17.5 x 20.5) with a four inch finished sashing.  I quilted the sashing with a walking foot about one inch apart. 
The free motion quilting designs were inspired by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts, Christina of A Few Scraps, and Leah Day of the Free Motion Quilting Project.  Here are some close-ups of the different designs:
Loops and Hearts:
Pointed Spirals:
Double Loops:
Plain Loops:
Rounded Spirals:
Jagged Lines:
Maze (all right angles):
Regular Stipple:
Loops and Leaves:
Boxy Line:
Curved Branches:
Pointed Stipple:
The back of this quilt has a crazy almost metallic print on black.  The different colors of threads blend in pretty good because of how it shines. 
I used a new (to me) machine binding method to quickly bind this quilt.  I used this tutorial which was put together by Andy of A Bright Corner.  I sewed it to the top, then used binding clips to hold it in place while I stitched in the ditch on the top.  
I only had to fix a couple of missed spots.  It looks okay from the back for a first attempt.  I definitely improved as I went. 
So, why do I call this my Nursery Quilt?  It is not because I keep it in Monkey's nursery.  It is because I use it for singing time in the nursery at church.  Cute children ranging from 18 months to three years sit on a square while I sing with them.  (It is my favorite calling at church.)  Monkey is in the nursery, and he loves this quilt.  When I was taking pictures, he had to come sit on his favorite block (the purple).   It took a while for me to convince him to move.  He knows what this quilt is for. 
Here is my attempt at a more glamorous shot.  Why do other people's pictures look so much better?  I think the picture is kind of funny, but the colors are more accurate.   
Here is a picture of the entire quilt. 
Quilt Stats #55
Name:  Nursery Quilt
Pattern: Inspired by Amanda Jean's project
Size: About 78 x 86 inches
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Date Finished:  2013
What I Learned:
  • Some designs are much easier than others. 
  • It is fun to try new designs. 

P.S.  Even though this is not my most recent finish, I hope it is okay that I am linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, and Whoop Whoop Fridays at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I wanted to blog about this quilt before I even had a blog.  Is it finally finished now that it has its own post?  ;)


  1. Really nice job. I love the big pieces so you can showcase the fabric and you definately showcased the quilting. Nice job. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks for the comment on my blog. I used a pattern, strips and sparks. You sew all the strips together with a few cut short which makes the uneven lengths in each row. It is really fun because you sew all of the strips together in one long row, then fold in half and sew again. it is just quick and fun.

  2. You are absolutely right! A quilt needs a "Friday Finish" link up before it is really finished! Be proud!!!

  3. Lovely quilt, Jasmine, and so nicely used! Well done for all those different FMQ styles - I mainly stipple, occasionally add a flower, sometimes a love heart but really should push myself more! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. I'm addicted to batiks and hand-dyes, so this is a gorgeous quilt to me. And I love the idea of having the nursery kids sit on it during singing time. Might have to steal that idea from you!

  5. What a great way to try new things! I need to do this! It turned out great :)

  6. What a great idea! Love the how the quilt came together and how you are using it! Perfect!

  7. What a great quilt and a wonderful story about the title! I particularly love that you quilted a different design in each block. Truly lovely work.


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