Monday, April 26, 2010

Finished Hunky Dory

This might be the cutest quilt ever.  I’m trying to think of a good reason to buy a whole bolt of that blue flowered Hunky Dory fabric.  I actually finished this one up with the other two last week, but I felt like you might think I was sewing instead of feeding my children if I posted three finished quilts in a week.  Its actually amazing how much faster I can finish quilts if I baste and quilt a few at once (it took me two hours of the boys naptime to baste and quilt all three).  I think it must take me longer to get the machine ready and all the supplies out then it takes to actually quilt  them. 

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With this quilt I pre-soaked and dried my batting, but I honestly couldn’t tell any difference between the shrinkage of this quilt vs. the pez quilt that I didn’t pre-soak.  I soaked the batting for an hour in hot/warm water, then put it in the washer for a spin cycle, then into the dryer until dry.  Have any of you pre-soaked and still had shrinkage?  I love the crinkly look so I don’t mind that it shrunk up, it was just an experiment.

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The backing is a light pink on pink dot.  This one is in the shop. 

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31 comments:

Jeni said...

Very cute! Love the Hunky Dory line, it's so cheerful!

Jolene said...

I LOVE your taste! Every quilt you make is one that I would love to make too. Keep 'em coming.

edyB said...

so pretty....

~T~ said...

What a darling quilt! I have four boys, and understand the urge to create something feminine!

How do you baste for machine quilting? I've been using little plastic tabs for my hand quilting, but I've run out of those, and I don't think they would work well in a sewing machine. Where can I learn more?

Karin (the Mrs.) said...

Gorgeous. I love the colours you picked. it's so..so... happy!

Michele said...

I love the crinkly look too. I've often wondered if soaking the batting did much. Thanks for experimenting for us!

Jo said...

Looks so cute! Love the colour combo.

I can't remember the last time I used proper batting (I recycle vintage woollen blankets as batting now), but I never used to find a huge difference between washing and not washing.

Carol T said...

This is a very cute quilt. I don't think I would ever pre soak a batting, too time consuming.

Jodie said...

Hi there. Really cute, love the fabric I am working with it now. i was just curious and you may have said this before, but do you have a long arm that you quilt on or a regular machine.

Kelly said...

Oh man, this is just too cute. Too cute I tell you!

Melody said...

Your quilt is so pretty. I love the fabric choices. I wish I had a little girl to make one for. I love that crinkly look. I do not prewash anything. It is good to know that it is not worth the time to soak and dry the batting. I always wondered about that. Thanks for sharing your quilt and the batting info.

Mary Carole said...

Ooooh...I LOVE this quilt! Hunky Dory is definitely one of my favorites! Very nice work!

BaileyGirl5 said...

I love it too! I also love your quilt photos. I imagine you live in an always sunny, slightly breezy locale!

amandajean said...

so pretty!

Nichole said...

Wow - you are fast at basting and quilting! Do you use spray adhesive? this quilt is adorable and I love how you've mixed different lines together. Fabulous!

Laurie Anne said...

What a joyful quilt! LOVE the fabrics you used :)

Lizzy said...

LOVE it and the other two quilts you've recently finished. Makes me even more eager to get back into my sewing room, and to go out and get some new fabric! I heart this honky dory line!

Leah S said...

Something to think about... it might not so much be the batting or fabric that's shrinking, but the THREAD. Assuming you use cotton thread, I would imagine there's some tightening afterwards. On the plus side, it hides the pokies. ;)

Once I made a quilt for my sister with prewashed fabric, threw it in the washer with a color catcher, and it came out very purple. I was scratching my head for a bit what fabric could have bled so much purple... then I realized it was the purple thread I used to quilt it.

Dena said...

Beautiful fabric palette. I especially love the backing. Great job on the quilt.

I've preshrunk my cotton batting a few times and didn't notice additional shrinkage after quilting. But they were hand quilted, so I don't know if that would have made a difference or not.

a little bit biased said...

Really cute! I love those Hunky Dory fabrics.

I think the girl (sorry, I don't know her name) from Red Pepper Quilts preshrinks her batting (I want to say overnight, but I could be wrong on the amount of time.) I had never heard of doing that before, but she mentioned it on one of her blog posts.

madebymum said...

this is beautiful

construction_julie said...

I'm not even close to finishing my first quilt (t-shirt) because other projects come up, but I'm so inspired by your quilts! Love the colors you choose!

There was a quilt show here recently, too. http://www.craftcritique.com/2010/04/event-review-2010-international-quilt.html

Barbara Myltschenko said...

Stop it! I'm still trying to get use to newborn life again. And my machine is neglected! Amazing as usual.

everydaychaos said...

I love this design. I made something very similar, basically the boy version for my two-year-old boy this year, and every time I look at it it makes me happy. Of course, it's full of truck fabric so it's not nearly as sophisticated as this one. I love these colors so much!

I preshrink my batting, and it makes a difference for me, but I'm wondering if it's the kind of batting I use. I use Warm and Natural, which is 100% cotton. I also use polyester thread, so that doesn't shrink much. And I prewash my fabrics, too. I'm kind of a pre-wash nazi. :-) When I wash my quilts for the first time, they pretty much come out like they went in.

Please tell me your secret for getting quilts done so quickly! I feel like when I make a quilt the process takes so long, I couldn't imagine putting one up for sale.

That Girl said...

Super cute! I agree, it seems funny to me that actually quilting a quilt is the shortest part of the entire process. I have never pre-washed fabric or soaked batting so it's interesting to see how your "experiment" turned out.

Jennifer :)

Jennifer Singer said...

I love your blog and your quilts. I'm a novice quilter myself and am just attempting to machine quilt my first quilt. What settings do you have for your machine to do machine quilting? I've attempted it (on a practice sandwich of course) and I can't seem to get the tension right. Any suggestions?

fiberdoodles said...

So love this!!

Sew It To Me said...

I haven't tried that before on batting. I may need ot for our baby quilt. On another note-I love the colors of this quilt!

Rinachiyya said...

Never tried it before but it is a good idea.
Have not made any baby quilts lately but will give it a try. Your beautiful ones give me inspiration.

Flannery Buchanan said...

it's beautiful! love it!

Jen said...

Oooo...I love this. we are going to be moving in the next couple of weeks and I have been looking for the inspiration for my daughters new quilt for her new room (she is 7). I think I just found it.

Thanks for sharing!!!

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