Friday, May 13, 2016

Monster Alphabet: A Finished Quilt

I made this cute little quilt to hang in Monkey's new bedroom.  I mostly used the Silly Gilly fabric from Henry Glass which I purchased last May.

I carefully cut out the letters and some of the monsters for this quilt.  The fabric is so sweet because each letter has a word to go with it including:  silly, teriffic, unique, valuable, and wise.  They are the kind of words you want your family to think of and remember.

The borders came from the stripe print, but I am saving the trains for another quilt.  They would have made the quilt too big for Monkey's wall.

After piecing it, I basted the quilt on my new super big cutting table.  (More on that in my next post.)  Then I quilted it on my Baby Lock Tiara.

I quilted it with a really fun swirl with arcs.  Vicki used this design on one of her quilts recently and I have been practicing drawing it.  It was just as much fun to quilt as I thought it would be.  The arcs remind me of claws.

I used a light gray thread for quilting which blends with the bright colors on the front.  You can see the quilting a little better on the backing.

The backing fabric is a Stonehenge by Northcott.  It was originally going to be pillow cases to match my Modern Farmer's Wife quilt, but I decided I liked the plain cream pillow cases better.

I quilted some of the chevrons in the first one inch border and then quilted a series of claws/arcs in the second border.

I stitched the binding to the back by hand.  I find myself binding more and more quilts by machine.  However, if there is a higher contrast between the binding and the backing fabric I like to stitch it down by hand.

I really love this quilt and can't wait to get it hanging in Monkey's room.

Quilt Stats #180
Name:  Monster Alphabet
Pattern:  Square in a Square
Fabric:  Silly Gilly for Henry Glass
Amount Used: 3.5 yards
Size:  About 40 x 47 inches
Batting:  Frankensteined Hobbs 80/20
Date Finished:  2016
What I learned:

  • I need to make more quilts so I can try out the fun FMQ designs.  Lol.
Monkey keeps telling me that he is ready for it to be hung in his room, but I still need to do that.  Hopefully it will be hanging soon.  


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  1. I love how you are always trying new techniques! This one is a good one!

  2. What a great quilt for Monkey's room; I love that he is requesting it to be hung and is excited to have it, too. I agree that high contrast binding can be trickier to machine sew down.

  3. What a cute quilt! Displaying positive words in a kid's room is a very good thing. I had a wallhanging about having a friendly, happy attitude in my room as a child. I read it every morning when I woke up. I swear it helped form my character! Your quilting looks perfect for the quilt. Well done!

  4. This is such a cute quilt! Those monster letters are just adorable. Great job on fussy cutting those letters.

  5. Very cute! What a lucky boy Monkey is and how wonderful to have your boys love your quilts so much. Love the quilting!

  6. Oh what a cute quilt and inspirational at the same time. Nice job on the quilting!

  7. I checked your link to Vicki's quilt, and ya! Cool all-over design, must remember it. This will be perfect for Monkey, and the backing is perfect for it. I'm curious and eager to see what you will cook up with those trains!

  8. Jasmine, this is awesome! I understand why Monkey wants it hung NOW! The quilting is fantastic. Great finish!

  9. I can see why you love this quilt - its adorable! It has such a fun look and vibe and will look so great in your son's room. How exciting that he is excited! :)

  10. It's such a bright and cheerful quilt, with the bonus of some very positive words - I hope he finds ones that describe him every day. And you didn't even mention it, but nice job on the mitered border!

  11. Perfect! I love seeing how wonderfully your quilting has become ... Now if I just practised a bit more ... ;)

  12. Darn it! I ALMOST bought that panel at the convention last year! Now I wish I did! Your quilt is adorable...I may just have to go order this would be a great classroom quilt. :)

  13. What a great quilt for Monkey's room. Thanks for the link to Vicki's inspiration. your quilting looks great on this quilt.

  14. I blinked and I missed this post. What a sweet, darling quilt. Honestly, Jasmine, how do you accomplish so much with all the cuteness and naughtiness to distract you? You amaze me!!!


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