Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Miss Make's Looper Quilt Part 1: Crib-Sized Practice Quilt

Right as things started getting crazy with the coronavirus and people starting to lock down, I made this beautiful little crib sized Looper Quilt using fabric scraps leftover from my Then Came June Sunflare Quilt. The couple I made the Sunflare for as a future wedding gift is planning on having children so I'm holding onto this beauty for their first youngin' because I love a parent-child matching moment. I cannot emphasize enough how much I love this little baby quilt. The colors (which I wasn't crazy about on my Sunflare, go figure) are so perfect and make me so happy.

Top to bottom: blue tencel stash fabric, Kona Lilac, Kona Orchid, Kona Baby Pink, Kona Peach, Kona Ice Peach. Backing: Kona Maize

This was my first time sewing curves—I have a bigger Looper planned as a wedding gift for a different couple, so wanted to give the curves a go before cutting into that special fabric. Each block was better than the last (you can see the top right block, which I did first, is a bit more squiggly that the others) and I’m now feeling much more confident in my curved sewing abilities.

I did some stitching in the ditch around the stripes, another first for me. I wanted the quilting lines to kind of radiate from the rainbow shape, so I measured quilting lines using a acrylic quilting ruler and a quilting marker that measured the same width as the finished stripes, roughly 2.5 inches. I did horizontal stripes on the top half, and vertical stripes on the bottom to tie in the seamline where the bottom two blocks are joined. I wanted to minimize the amount of threads on the "inside" of the quilt top area where the binding can't catch and secure them, so I stitched the background stripes in sets of two, stitching in the ditch again where I had to double over the outside edge of the stripes in order to turn back. A visual in case that doesn't make sense:

This worked really well, except where my fabric wasn't perfectly straight in that top block and it bubbled a little bit, but in the end you have to not let perfect be the enemy of the good—no kiddo will ever notice it so I am deciding it's not worth the extra effort of stressing over perfection.

All in all this was such an amazing learning experience—so much growth packed into such a small quilt! I already have my fabric cut for the throw sized Looper, AND have done some quarantine fabric cutting for a Then Came June Meadowland Quilt using scraps from my past 4 or 5 quilts. Definitely bummed about the quarantine situation here in the SF Bay Area, but making the best of a bad situation with as many projects as I can get my hands on!

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