Tuesday, November 15, 2016

An Easy Start For A Cupcake

Sometimes I think about why I write blog posts. I'm pretty sure that one of the reasons is for me to validate  that I am actually doing something I love and doing something useful.

Granted, I am a slow worker and let life get in the way of my focus. But I finally have a good start on my first quilt.  I found this free and easy pattern on line. It's meant to use fat quarters and the pattern is for a crib quilt and called for 16 blocks.  I improvised a little using yardage and fat quarters and enlarged the size to a little larger than a twin size.  I mean for it to be a throw quilt for my daughter that she can use on the couch if she wants to.  She collects cupcake items and I have had the fabric for a long time.  I have the same cupcake fabric in brown and will probably use it for the backing.

The fabric selection was a bit tough because I have vowed to use my stash and not go looking a something "new" because I don't have the right fabric color or shade.  The green fabric is the same shade of green in the cupcake fabric.  It has pink cows on it.  Laurie LOVES cows so it was a MUST to use it in the quilt.

I have been checking on batting and nearly fainted when I saw the price.  I should have bought of stash of it for retirement too!  Luckily there are sales and I have coupons!  I am thinking I would like to use warm and natural.  Is that a good choice?  Any suggestions will be appreciated.

24 comments:

  1. I think your daughter will love this. Does she know you are working on it?

    Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

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  2. Email seemed to be a day behind. I just got yesterdays post from you. You quilt will make a sweet and memorable Christmas gift, if that is what ou are going to do with it. I was bless that the girls at Hancock talked me into buying batting when they were going out of business.
    Enjoy and make good use of the pretty days this week. we are stacking firewood. I think when old man winter finally gets here he will come with a vengeance. We should be ready this year.

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  3. I have no idea what to suggest for your batting but i would love to know what you ended up using......Love the quilt Carol! It all goes so well together... Ahhhh the things we should have hoarded for our retirement...lol Hugs! deb

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  4. It's looking great and your daughter will love it. I liked Warm and Natural years ago. If I remember right (I haven't quilted in like, forever) it is thin and pliable and was super to work with for hand quilting. I think it requires a bit closer quilting spaces than polyesters but it was so nice to work with I didn't mind.

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  5. Hi Carol your quilt for your daughter is very cute,love the colours and yes warm and natural is a good choice.

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  6. Your daughter will love this. I know what you mean about the price of batting. Will you hand quilt or machine quilt?

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  7. I love Warm and Natural, but be careful if you buy it off a roll. I got some that was infested with tiny moths. Had them flitting everywhere. Returned it for a new batch in a package, no problems. You must be a natural quilt-maker Carol if you are already improvising! I love Rail Fence, but yours is not totally symmetrical like mine was, your blocks are a bit different with spacing. Yay you! Beautiful fabrics surely to be loved.

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  8. Love the colors in this quilt!!! Very nice...batting...I use whatever is on sale or what I have coupon for as well! HA I do like the Bamboo batts for my wall quilts but can't locate it at JoAnn's anymore and it's too expensive to purchase at other stores. Warm and Natural has always been a good choice...can't remember if it needs prewashing or not! Haven't used it in so long...also ck the number of inches for quilting so your quilt doesn't shrink up too much if you're not quilting close...ask me how I know! HA

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  9. Hi Carol, first let me say that your fabric and colors are so cute! You are very ambitious to make such a large quilt, but I know you can do it! As for batting, I buy it by the roll now. I just got a 25-yard roll of Warm & Plush (like Warm & Natural only slightly thicker) for $149 at JoAnn online. I last ordered it in January, but didn't have enough left on that roll to finish all my Christmas quilts. But you know how much I sew.

    Warm and Natural is great, and if you watch for JoAnn coupons (40%, 50%, even sometimes 60% off), you can get good deals. They also discount their battings and pillow forms about once per calendar quarter. Another good brand is Hobbs - their 80/20 (cotton/poly) is very popular. Also keeps eye on Craftsy, especially for Black Friday and year-end sales.

    Keep up the good work and enjoy the process! Go at your own pace - it's not a race! xo

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  10. Yay! Carol, the quilt looks wonderful. Congratulations. Yes, warm and natural is a very good brand. There are so many out there but you won't go wrong with that one. I love your fabric selection...hard to believe that was just pieces in your stash. Great job!

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  11. It's very pretty. Your color choices are wonderful-this will be so nice when it's done-a real labor of love!

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  12. I love this quilt -- the colors are so perfect. Not only will it be good for snuggling but it will be fun too!!

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  13. Really gorgeous quilt colors Carol.

    Hugs Diane

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  14. This will be a fabulous quilt that is totally fun with all those fabrics. I don't like W & N, never have, though you can see from comments that a lot of people do. I never use anything by Quilter's Dream. I know it will go through 200 washes and come out looking great still. It is the only batting that doesn't have a plastic scrim that the cotton is poked into, so it results in softer, easier to quilt by machine or hand batting. Request for hand quilting, Select for machine or hand. Good batting isn't cheap, but it's worth spending the money if you can because you want the quilt to last a long time.

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  15. I love it that cows are a must! In fact, I clicked your photo (to enlarge) and the cow print is too cute! My favorite :)

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  16. Cupcakes and cows - fun! The colours are fun too and I'll bet your daughter will be pretty happy. Not being a 'sane' quilter I'm not much help with the batting question. All I've ever used is the polyester type from the fabric store. It's pretty cheap overall and quite light weight.

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  17. You've nailed it! Can't wait to see it finished. Warm and Natural will de perfect! XO

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  18. This is going to be a beautiful quilt. I love the colours and the individual fabrics are pretty and fun. I especially like the cows and also the little birds with their long legs! The only batting I have ever really used is hobbs. Firstly heirloom and then fusible. I found both give a good finish and wash well over time. The fusible is a bit thinner but, I think, easier to work with as you can iron the layers together, although for large quilts I also pin. I'm not really a quilter, though, and I think anything that keeps all the layers together until it's stitched is a good thing! The other thing that comes to mind is basting spray. It adds to the expense but does help keep everything in one piece throughout the quilting. Good luck with finding a good deal on some batting. I'm looking forward to seeing this quilt evolve :)

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  19. I adore your pink and green fun quilt with cupcakes and cows. Your daughter will always feel your love and hugs when she cuddles in it. I don't quilt, however, I do like warm and natural because it is easy to work with. Happy Thanksgiving

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  20. How lovely is your quilt! Your daughter will love it! Fabric and batting can really add up.......but the end result is so worth it. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!

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  21. Such a lovely quilt! The colors are charming! Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving

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  22. Welcome to the wonderful world of quilting! Your first quilt is lovely and you should be pleased at your boldness in using logic and your thinking cap to make the quilt larger than the pattern. More blocks = a larger quilt! Love your fabric choices and the pattern!

    I've been quilting for about 25 years and am a slow-poke but having "a bit of a stitch" daily gets things finished. I like Warm and Natural batting and have used it often in my quilts.

    Remember as you see quilts in your area, in books (the library usually has a lot of quilting books), and on-line that every quilter has a first quilt in their background so don't be daunted. It's too much fun and quilters are just the nicest folks!

    Wishing you well. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  23. Love your fabrics, Carol, and I'm sure your daughter will be delighted with her throw! It looks really pretty! Great link! I've only made a lap quilt so far, and I used a lightweight polyester wadding. The quilt is on my bed every night at the moment .... on top of our other covers ... and just gives that extra bit of coziness!
    I think one reason why polyester wadding has fallen out of favour is because it pills .... i.e. with time the polyester seeps through the cotton quilt .... I figure I can cope with that, but most people now use cotton wadding instead. I prefer the puffiness that polyester wadding gives to a quilt once it has been quilted. All that said, I followed a pattern making my first quilt and it is tied rather than stitched. Cotton wadding is probably a whole lot easier to sew though, when it comes to machine quilting.
    Barbara xx

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