Tuesday, May 14, 2013

An Alphabet Quilt Plan : :

Thank you all so much for the warm welcome you gave Penelope and for all your advice! I tried to respond here and there yesterday, but as you can imagine -- I'm busy! We are all so thrilled with her. Between your recommendations and what we've read, we have a good handle on everything so far. I think. I just can't quite figure Lily out? Most of the day Lily is sleeping, that's normal, but when she's not she's begun to meow, almost cry, when the puppy is in the same room as her, and she never lets Penelope get too close. BUT when we put Penelope in her kennel Lily cries a different cry, her usual cry when she's looking for me or I'm outside the door and she wants me to come back indoors. I know it's going to take some time, I really can't wait for them to have that first moment!

Last week when I shared my wips or ufos (which one of those is correct anyways?) I also had shared that I started something new -- an ABC quilt! So far I have just the basic sketch and math figured out, the fabrics pulled from my stash, and most of the cutting finished. I'm so ready to dive in, I just need the time! Want to see?

The fabrics I chose are a colorful mix in mostly primary colors including lots of sweet Aneela Hoey prints -- Little Apples and Sherbert Pips, a few from Lucie Summers' Summersville, several from Tasha Noel's new Little Red Riding Hood collection leftover from my House Pillow Tutorial, and some Riley Blake Basic Polka dots and Solids, as well as some other basics and scraps from my stash.

ABC Stack

ABC quilt planning

For this quilt design I'm making 30 - 10.5" blocks, one for each letter of the alphabet, plus four more -- one for each corner of my quilt, all in an improv log cabin block style, with my go-to quilt as you go method for quilting. I'm excited!!

ABC beginning

I found this printable font site to print off my alphabet stencils. I chose the Uppercase Arial Stencil Letters and printed each letter out at 180%, the perfect size to fit inside the center white fabric square in each of my alphabet blocks.

Alphabet Letters

The kids colored them with their new pencils while I did my cutting and started strip piecing for some easy patchwork.

strip piecing

I hope to share this quilt pattern as a tutorial eventually, if anyone is interested let me know? It's going to be a keepsake quilt, not a baby quilt. And my goal is to have it completely finished by my sister in law's baby shower the first weekend in June!! Yikes!

Wish me luck and thanks again for joining me hereMaureen

66 comments:

  1. I have always had cats - and they can get insanely jealous! Our cat(Lily also) even gets her nose out of joint when we've been away for the weekend. My grandsons just love her and she won't let them near her. But we love the old gal anyway - cats have just their own kind of personality!! Quilt looks really cute - what a beautiful gift it will be!

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  2. I would love to see this as a tutorial. I'm planning to make one for my cousin and I'm just at the pre-planning stage. Can't wait to see your finished project.

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  3. I love the fabrics you chose! I'd love a tutorial too. You sew such lovely things...thanks for taking the time to share!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! Well, it's so nice to have you all to share everything with!

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  4. Those colors are wonderful together and I'd LOVE to see a tut when you're finished!

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    1. Thank you Shari! I thought these colors were the safest since we don't know yet if it's a boy or girl! I'm so excited to have this chance to sew for a baby!!

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  5. Great fabrics and yes please to the tutorial :)

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  6. Would like to see a tutorial. I'm working on a baby quilt for a baby shower mid-June. It's for my second great-grandbaby!! Yippee!

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  7. Love the idea of an alphabet quilt ~ can't wait to see how it turns out! and YES - a tutorial would be wonderful. :)

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  8. I would love to see this quilt as a tutorial!
    Tricia
    tricia_shaver@msn.com

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    1. Thanks you! Be sure to stay tuned!! I will definitely be careful to take the photos I'll need as I go! :)

      -Maureen

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  9. Beautiful fabrics. Waiting to see it finished, and a tutorial would be nice.

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  10. I love the idea of your alphabet quilt as a result and can't wait to see your finished tutorial. I would love to do something like that for my girls!

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  11. I too would love a tutorial. I want to learn how to make letters and I have tons of ideas for quilts and wall hangings. I can't wait to see how this beautiful quilt evolves.

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    1. I'm going to use a HeatnBond lite for appliqueing my letters, rather than doing needle turn applique -- easy & fun!!

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  12. Hello, Maureen!
    I do want you share this with us! I love your project!

    Good luck with your wish of completing the quilt for the date you want.

    Blanca

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    1. Thanks for the well wishes and I appreciate you letting me know you're interested in a tutorial! Stay tuned!!

      -Maureen

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  13. This is going to be adorable! I for one would love to see a tutorial for it :)

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  14. Can't wait to see this! And you are using so many of my favorite fabrics, can't wait!

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    1. Wonderful!! I have been waiting for the perfect project idea to come along to cut into my Aneela Hoey collections. I'm excited!!

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  15. I just finished an alphabet quilt for someone--she had the embroidered letters --that i put all together for her. I is a wall hanging for a grandchild--turned out pretty good for a beginner!! Enjoy making yours!!

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    1. Sounds pretty!! I'm really hoping this plan comes together quickly!

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  16. Oh I'd love a tutorial! This looks adorable. It would be really easy to make it boy and girl friendly for a family quilt.

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  17. I have yet to do any applique using heat 'n bond. I would like to try, so a tutorial would be excellent. I love seeing the things you make. I'm newly at home everyday with my daughter, who is three. We are getting started making a few projects.

    I have a cat who is 10 and a new puppy (we had to put our 15 year old dog to sleep in January). Mrs. Cat (Isabella) is adjusting alright. She loves to taunt the puppy and hiss/swat at her. She is eating and is not losing any hair, so I think she is mostly playing with the puppy. I'm hoping for some peace soon - I don't need them to be best friends, I just need them to share the house in peace.

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  18. So anxious to see this as a tutorial!

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  19. Beautiful fabrics you have chosen.

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  20. How fun is that??! If you are giving it to someone how do you determine that it is a keepsake quilt rather than a baby quilt??

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    1. The request wasn't for a baby quilt, but a keepsake quilt for the new baby. :) They already have their crib bedding picked out, including a crib size quilt. The finished size of this quilt will be around 50"x60"

      -Maureen

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  21. Hi Maureen,

    I can't wait to see your finished project! What a fantastic gift. Love the colors and fabrics you chose.

    Have you ever tried the featherlite heat and bond? I am not seeing the best reviews on it but I thought I would ask you your opinion incase you have tried it.

    I hope the quilt comes together efficiently and doesn't give you any grief. :)

    Have a great day!
    Lori

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    1. I love HeatnBond lite and should be receiving a sample of the Featherlite to try out any day now. I haven't given it a try yet, but the lighter the better for me, so I'm excited!

      Of course I'll be sure to share when I use it and if it compares to the HeatnBond lite that I am such a huge fan of!

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  22. I can't wait to see more of this quilt, I know it will be awesome. I would love for you to do a tutorial. I have a lot of those same fabrics (not to be a copy cat or anything like that) and would love to do an alphabet quilt with them.

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  23. I'd love to see a tutorial!

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  25. Love those fabric choices. I've been wanting to do an alphabet quilt for a long time and would love to have a tutorial.

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  26. Looks like a good family project :o)

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  27. An Alphabet Quilt is such a neat idea - even for a 1st or 2nd birthday.
    I would love a tutorial especially with the letter stencils - they are hard to find on the internet. Love your Penny girl. Edna V.

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  28. I'm very excited to follow the progress of this quilt. I can't tell enough about it yet to determine whether I'd be in to make one, though. :-)

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  29. Hi Maureen! I love letters and I wait to see more of your project! You puppy is the sweetest ever - hug her for me! x Teje

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  30. Please do a tutorial on this, it looks great already!

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  31. I would love a tutorial on this alphabet quilt!

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  32. Your alphabet quilt will be adorable...will look forward to the tutorial. I embroidered alphabet blocks (Redwork}, like C for big stuffed easy chair and they were such fun. However, they are not a quilt yet...love to make blocks.

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  33. What a great idea for a baby quilt. I've always wanted to make one, so would really appreciate a tutorial. Your selection of colors is so bright and cheerful.

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  34. What a cool idea for a keepsake quilt! I can't wait to see it. I'm just really impressed with how quick you get things done. I just don't think I could have a quilt that size ready in a few short weeks!!

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  35. I love it I love it I love it! I can't wait to see it! We are soooo lucky!!

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  36. Thanks Maureen! You're the best!

    -David

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  37. I can only imagine how awesome this quilt is going to be! Between the fabrics you've chosen, the alphabet (classic!)and your gift of quilting, it can't be anything other than incredible. I would LOVE to see a tutorial and anxiously await it's arrival. :)

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  38. Definitely interested for a tutorial - pretty pleeeease. I'd love to make one for my little one's kindergarten. PS I love Aneela Hoey's fabrics!

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  39. A tutorial would be great. I think it is going to be a wonderful quilt. I can't wait to see the finished project. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Aw, sweet kitty - looks a lot like my ragdoll. I'd love a tutorial. Thank you for sharing!

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  41. I believe everyone else has done quite well in convincing you to write a tutorial so I will give you my thoughts (as if they are of importance) on the difference between a WIP and a UFO. I have always looked at a UFO as something that was put aside and forgotten about while I was working on another WIP. Of course I always had good intentions of getting back to the UFO but the WIP was much more important. Does that make sense? Basically, I am working on the WIP and not working on the UFO. Now, these are just my thoughts - take them for what that's worth.

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  42. I would love to make an alphabet quilt!

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  43. It's going to take a little while for Lily to warm up to Penelope ~ I think introducing a new animal takes patience on everyone's part ~ especially the kitty.
    Love the fabrics you've chosen for the alphabet quilt ~ looking forward to the tutorial!

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  44. Of course I'm interested!! lol love the fabrics

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  45. Oooh! I love this idea! I'm excited to see how it turns out!

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  46. I love this idea too. I'm just nerdy enough that I like to see someone else's process. Learn something new every time.

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  47. I love your quilt idea! I think your blog has been hacked though. Have you seen some of the anonymous posts? Kind of weird, maybe you can delete them? Good Luck!

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  48. I love what you've done, so excited to see it finished. This would be a great quilt for my Granddaughter.

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  49. Toni (tonidavidg@mchsi.com)June 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I would love to see the tutorial for your alphabet quilt. I have 3 grandsons, ages 3, 4, and 5. Would love to make each of the boys one.

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  50. I was wondering how many different fabrics you used on this quilt! I LOVE it and would love to make one for my sons teacher and speech therapist.

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  51. I'm curious as to how many different fabrics you used. I LOVE this quilt and think it would be an amazing gift for my sons teacher and speech therapist.

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