Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mini Quilt Progress : :

First I need to shamelessly point out all of the changes that I made to my blog last night, just in case you don't notice! hehe What do you think? It honestly felt like it took me forever, but was so long overdue! I still have lots to add/change/update, but I think it looks less messy and much more colorful, so I'm happy. :) And, I want to say thank you for all the well wishes you left me on my Riley Blake news! We're very excited!

Today I have a little Valentine's mini quilt progress to share...

Mini Quilt - without the binding

I started quilting it and quickly became very stuck? My plan has always been to piece the quilt top and then to do some sketch-y type quilting with black thread, similar to the way I've done fmq over my applique pillows. After I added the black stitching, it still looked very plain and I knew I needed to add more quilting in all that aqua space. Thankfully Jacey was there to help!

started quilting -- feeling very stuck? wondering if I should stop or add hand quilting details too?

I do like the way the back looks like a simple drawing!

the back of my little house mini quilt -- so far

I decided to keep it simple and add some swirly designs throughout the sky.  

What do you think? What would you have done?

maybe

swirls

I'm still not sure if I should be done with the quilting, but I have some time to figure it out while I wait for my binding fabric to arrive. I look forward to hearing your ideas!

It's starting to look like Valentine's Day in my favorite corner!

corner

I'm off to finish up this weeks birthday crown orders and then work on my Scrappy Quilt! I can't wait to show you how that one's coming together!!

p.s. Tomorrow I'll be having a new fabric giveaway sponsored by Moona Fabrics! Here's a peek. Be sure to stop back!!

29 comments:

Cynthia Taylor said...

Love the swirls in the sky! You always seem to amaze me with your creativity if its sewing or something as simple as redesigning your blog. Can't wait to see what's next :)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thanks Cynthia!!

randi--i have to say said...

i am pretty much in love with the heart on a string. a perfect addition!

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

Love the quilting! Adds so much to the quilt - it looks very simple but you can tell it was a lot of work :)

Anonymous said...

Your blog and your quilt look great!!

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Love that quilting on the mini but what I really love is the chair below the mini quilt. Great chair!!
Congrats on the RB design team too! They are lucky to have you!

Svetlana said...

Oh, so cute! Love the quilting, too. I think those swirls add just the right touch of playfulness and movement. Very pretty! And, your favorite corner look so wonderfully cozy and warm.

Anne said...

Your blog is looking great Maureen! It's so nice to see your face up there!!

Annette said...

Love the quilting and especially how it looks on the back! I can't think of anything to add to it. The blog looks fabulous!

Almost Precious said...

The quilt looks lovely and the red heart certainly takes center stage. I would not add anything more to it.
I really like the updated look of your blog. This is something I have dreamed of doing but am too timid to give it a try ... afraid that I'll irrevocably mess things up and end up with a blog that looks like a cryptogram puzzle. :)

Additionsstyle said...

Very cool quilt, and your blog looks great!
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Jacey said...

I think the quilting turned out lovely! The white swirls definitely add some more whimsy to it. Ooh, and the back looks awesome!

Katy Cameron said...

I just love how you've quilted it! The heart looks fab, and I love how the back looks too

Sarah said...

It's very sweet and just perfect for Valentine's Day! You're really on a role lately Maureen! I hope you're feeling well! :D

Noas' Libellule said...

That is real inspiration for Valentine's day!

Amorette said...

i like the swirls a lot, but it does still look a bit empty- what about hand quilting some clouds with white floss? or maybe a cardinal, to add in some red?

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I love this! Thanks for posting to the Wonky House Group. Congrats on Riley Blake, I happen to know another member Madame Samm. Good for you girls!

CitricSugar said...

Fresh and clean!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thank you!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I'm feeling pretty good, thanks! I'm staying positive and am keeping very busy!! :)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I thought about adding some hand-quilting, but I am not sure what just yet! Thanks for the feedback -- I really appreciate it!! :)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thanks Anne!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I didn't delete anything until what I added looked better, which helped settle my nerves of ruining everything! :) There was a moment when I was about to change the widths of everything where I thought -- oh boy, here we go?? But it all turned out fine, thankfully!

ElfRenee said...

I love it! And the back looks really cool too!

Mauri said...

That is really pretty- in fact, your latest quilting projects have put a slight urge in me to see what I can come up with. Perhaps I'll begin quilting, too.... (the real way).

Anonymous said...

Beautiful beyond words!!

Rachel Hauser said...

Oooh, the new look is great! Very organized!

Handmade in Israel said...

It's such a sweet quilt! Lovely. Like the new look too. It's very 'clean' and I noticed straight away.

Quiltsmiles said...

Your Valentines Day Quilt is lovely and sweet! Lov ethe simplicity of it and yet you have alot of details with the piecing and stitching. Well DOne! Will be back to see how you finish it. Jane