Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lip Smackin' Good! Baby Gears.

It wasn't that long ago (9 or 10 months actually), that we found out our neighbors were going to be having a baby.  I was so excited that I could actually make a quilt specifically for someone!  

The months passed and winter came and went.  The end of March little Sofia made her debut! Naturally, I didn't have a quilt made, but I thought about it...a lot, I just never quite got around to it. One day it just hit me like a ton of bricks what I wanted to make for Sofia.

BABY GEARS
34" x 50 1/2"

Every time I saw the baby she was in pink.  I figured it was a safe bet to stick with her trademark color!


I had a bundle of Riley Blake Cream on Cream fat quarters and thought they would a perfect background.  Just enough texture and interest, but not too much where the pink gears were lost.


My stacks were cut and ready to go.  I have to say, it was a nice change to work with plans! Even though I didn't use the exact design I made on EQ7, it was a wonderful guide to work from.


It's a good combination, don't you think?  I want to make this one again...really bad!  I have some charm squares that would be a cool variation!  

Each pink center is 3" finished.  Each block is 6" and when all nine magically go together you end up with one large 18" block.


The options for quilting were endless. You all know I'm a sucker for dense straight line quilting.  This time I'll still stick with being dense (the quilting, not me), but try some concentric circles.  I have always loved the look of concentric circles.  They are so gorgeous!  No time like the present to give it a whirl!


I picked my starting point, making it slightly off center and began the dizzying process.  I used my dual feed (like a walking foot), and slowly started from the center outward.  The first circles went pretty slow, you have to take your time, go slow and adjust the quilt a lot.  I was happy with the progress and even when I went a little 'wonky', I wasn't concerned.  I knew a good wash & dry would hide the inconsistencies.  


Eventually it was time to tackle that pesky center!  I ended up getting a few more circles in, but it got pretty tough!   Which left me one little area to conquer. 


I busted out the big guns!  Free motion quilting.  Let's not look too closely, just close enough to make out the 'S' in the center.  It'll work!


Sofia is nearly 4 month old now.  I don't think she will care one way or another if this is a little over due.  What I do know is this:  There really isn't a bad time to receive a quilt.  Ever! 



For the backing and binding I used a bright Kona Honeysuckle pink.  Because  I had a few extra blocks, why not add them to the back?!



She will be wrapped up, covered up and waking up with her pretty little pink quilt for years to come!  That's if I ever get it to her!

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    1. I'm very happy with everything about this quilt!

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  2. What a great quilt. Love the circle quilting.

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    1. It makes me happy looking at this little quilt! So happy I finally tried concentric circle quilting!

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  3. It turned out beautifully! You are so right that there is never a bad time to receive a quilt, and it sounds like this is going to really be a winning color combination for her. :)

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    1. I have to say making a sweet, little girly quilt was a lot of fun. Hopefully Sofia will have this for years to come!

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  4. It's a gorgeous quilt - her parents will be so thrilled to receive it! What a thoughtful, lovely gift (and beautiful job making the quilt!)...

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    1. I hope they love it! I'm hoping this little quilt will carry Sofia through many years of nap time!

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  5. Stopping by from Let's Bee Social. I just love everything about your quilt- design, colors, the quilting. Great job. I'm sure it will be well-loved.

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    1. I'm very happy with this one! I don't usually go so sweet and girly, but couldn't resist!

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  6. Great colors! How fun to have a new little girl to make a quilt for.

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    1. I was so excited they were going to have a baby (way back when), it just took much longer to get it together than I planned!

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  7. It's so pretty, great design and quilting!

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    1. It was a very enjoyable quilt to make!

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  8. So soft and pretty, but modern at the same time! You did a great job.

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    1. I thought using solids would ensure a modern edge to this design.

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  9. What a great quilt - she will love it ( if ever you get it to her lol - you made me giggle!)

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    1. You are not kidding Alycia! I will get it over there one of these days! Maybe by graduation!!

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    1. Beautiful quilt! Your quilted circles look perfect to me and it a nice choice with it repeating the circles in the blocks.

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    2. I do love this design and hope to make it again soon! The quilting I couldn't be more happy about!

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  11. Babies are the easiest people to give gifts to. They're not fussy about colours or care if the present's a little late. This lovely little pink confection will surely be appreciated by Miss Sofia and her parents. It looks perfect for rolling around on the floor! I love the concentric circle quilting... kudos to you for taking a risk with a new technique. It paid off!

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    1. They are not fussy when it comes to gifts! I hope by the time she grows up she doesn't hate pink…rebelling with basic black or something! The concentric circles will now be added to my favorites and plan on whipping it out in the near future!

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  12. Girl!! You just make my heart happy!!!
    What a spectacular little quilt :) Lucky lucky Sofie!
    XX! Lori

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    1. Happy hearts are always good! Thank you Lori! I feel like I need to do this quilt again, which isn't always the case! I love the design and it could be taken in so many directions!

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  13. Love the concentric circles quilting! It works so nicely with the gears!

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  14. What a sweet quilt and a perfect gift for a little girl. Concentric circle quilting is so beautiful. I have only attempted it on a mug rug, because it is so slow and I am an impatient gal.
    4 months is the best time to get a quilt, because she is in a lull - new-born gifts are over and the first birthday is far away.
    Also wanted to thank you, Jayne, for your sweet comment on my "Homeful" quilt
    http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com

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    1. I really enjoyed the concentric circle quilting. At first is is pretty slow, but the more you work out the easier it becomes! I figured a gift a few months after birth would be welcome!

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  15. I love the way you used this circle of squares block. I just made a similar block as part of my guilds BOM. Your colors are so cheerful, and the concentric circle quilting is spectacular. I am sure this little quilt will be thoroughly loved!

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  16. I like how the concentric circles echo the gears but also soften the squares. And how special is it that baby Sophia has her own monogram! The back is as fun as the front. Thanks for the reminder that any wonkiness comes out in the wash.

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  17. It's beautiful! The variety of creams in the background give it great depth. Gorgeous quilting too. Good for you for sticking with the spiral -- I know that's a tough one to do. So glad you linked up to TGIFF!

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  18. The quilt is very pretty. I love the concentric circles. I'd really like to try them, but I'm a little intimidated. Maybe the walking foot is the way to go. I'm not sure what project in my to do list might be best suited for this, maybe one of my yet to be made swap minis. :-)

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  19. You're soooo right, there is never a bad time to receive a quilt ... I bet they will be tickled pink to have this in their home :)

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