Monday, June 24, 2013

Scrappy Happy Baby Quilt is Complete! (Made with Half Square Triangles)

Scrappy Happy Baby Quilt

All done and the finished product is just what I had envisioned for a sweet little baby we know.  Heads up... this post contains a lot of pictures! 

Happy Scrappy Collage
I can say that I truly enjoyed each and every step of this quilt.  Sometimes certain steps in the quilt making process can become cumbersome and tedious, but not with this quilt.

I love working with half square triangles (HST) and lots of different, colorful fabrics.  Her room colors are turquoise, pink, yellow, and orange.  I picked out the fabrics I enjoy the most, which are geometric prints, lots of flowers and roses, and cute little birds.

Scrappy Happy Baby Quilt

I am a hand stitcher when it comes to attaching the binding on the back.  I started out as a hand quilter and the hand quilter in me gets a little satisfaction that at least one part of the quilt is sewn by hand.  If you want to see two quilts I hand quilted... you can find them here (my first post) and here (linen tablecloth quilt).

I quilted a grid pattern throughout the quilt.  I didn't plan it that way, it just developed as I quilted along. 

I first outlined the diagonal seams, then stitched diagonal lines through the squares and then decided it needed more.

I picked diagonal stitching because I didn't want my stitching to interfere with the stripes on the back.  The backing stripes run vertically so I chose not to stitch vertically.  This isn't a rule, just my own personal preference.  If the pattern in the fabric isn't perfectly straight it is going to make your stitching look off.  I just avoid that situation all together.  Less stress = more fun!

Scrappy Happy Baby Quilt

The finished size is 40" by 40".  Each half square triangle block is a 4" square.  The triangles are placed in the same layout as my Rainbow Steps and Stairs pattern which is listed in my Etsy shop.



Now I have a question for you.  Which do you prefer... making a scrappy quilt or a quilt of one fabric collection?  I can honestly say, that I don't know which one I like better.  They both make me happy!  What about you?

Scrappy Happy Baby Quilt

Thanks for stopping by!
Candace

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40 comments:

  1. I like scrappy for a unique look! Love your quilt! I was inspired by the way you have combined the Low Volume with the solids!
    Esther
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  2. It's so bright and happy! Well done

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  3. Hi Candace! This is a beauty and a sweety! I love the same things as you, triangles make me happy and all these happy colours are so beautiful! I love scrappy quilts and doesn't matter if the fabrics are from one or many collections - often the more the better! Because I don't have any quilt (or real fabric) reachable, I use also many other fabrics, even men's shirts.
    Your first blog post is impressive and that quilt very beautiful!
    Sunny wishes from other saltwaters! x Teje

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  4. I rarely use fabric from just one collection without throwing some outsiders in. It's fun to see how different collections can play together. Your little quilt is gorgeous!

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  5. I love your little quilt. It really is very happy. I love the scrappy look but 1) don't really have a super good collection of scraps and 2) don't really trust myself to combine them in the best way. But I'm working on both issues. :D Love lots of pictures!!!

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  6. I love this little quilt. It's so happy and fun. Your grid quilting looks fantastic, and I'm with you on quilting with stripes- keep it simple and avoid anything looking crooked!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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    1. so cute! thanks for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

      :) Kelly

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  7. Scrappy is cooler than Scooby!

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  8. I love this quilt - it inspires me to go learn how to quilt. My mother was a hand quilter, but I think I would rather machine quilt.

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    1. YES!!! You should definitely take up quilting, hand or machine, which ever makes you happy!

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  9. this is amazing!! how did you have the patience for all those hst's? the colours are really superb!! :)

    popping over from quilt story :)

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    1. Thank you Rachael! Lots of practice. I have spent many of nights cursing my points for not matching up and pulling seams! :) It has paid off though and now I don't have to use the seam ripper that much anymore... thank goodness!

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  10. Fantastic quilt! I love your quilting decisions and definitely agree about not trying to quilt along with striped backing. I used to be a collection fan, but I have jumped on the scrap bandwagon in the last year or two. Yours is delicious!

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  11. So cute! Scrappy quilts are so fun!

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  12. Thank you everyone for all the lovely compliments!!! I appreciate each and everyone!

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  13. What a precious quilt and the fabrics are perfect for it! I like both scrappy and working with a collection. Thanks for sharing.
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  14. Seriously - I just LOVE your stuff.
    Always have. Probably always will!

    Another great finish!

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  15. its really beautiful & colorful....love it

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  16. Your quilt is adorable! :0) I also like to hand stitch the back of my binding. :0)
    Like you, I cant decide on scrappy or all from one line, so I say both. :0)

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  17. Happy and Scrappy for sure. Love the quilt...especially the first photo. Great work Candace.

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  18. Love your quilt! I go back and forth between sewing with scraps and sewing with a collection. I always figure that sewing with a collection gives me more scraps, so it's a win-win :)

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  19. I was thinking this sort of thing last night when trying to figure out how to quilt my Dancing Stars quilt. Some of the points are off in random areas so I did NOT want to do straight lines on each side of the seam per row.

    Although writing that makes me think I should do line all the way across the entire quilt. I was going to do some outline stitching inside each star block. Hmmmmm....decisions,decisions.

    To answer your question, though, I always lean toward the scrappy look myself. Probably since I don't have many complete fabric line lying around. FQ galore? Yes!

    I love the solids combined with the birdies and other cheery, fun prints you have chosen for this quilt! Soo pretty.

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  20. Such a cute quilt! I love the diagonal quilting with the vertical stripes - nice finish :) I'm just starting out so my scrap pile isn't big enough for a scrap quilt yet, but I suppose that's all the more reason to buy more fabric and get through a few more projects!

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  21. What a happy little quilt! I love the fun fabrics you chose. Nice job.

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  22. i don't know which kind of quilt i like better - both! your enjoyment of the process of making this one shines through - it's awesome!

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  23. Lovely! Shared this on my facebook page the other day. I just think it is so happy and fun, perfect for a baby.

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  24. I love this quilt and I love scrappy!

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  25. What a gorgeous quilt! I totally agree that it is happy and scrappy!

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  26. Super cute! I love using new fabric collections and I have yet to make one out of my scraps...which are overflowing. I really need to get on that! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  27. Love your quilt! It is very happy!!

    Susie

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  28. Scrappy all the way for me, i love HST blocks and the Egg timer version and use both in my quilts. I even have an apron with a border of tiny HST blocks, they finish at 2" this used up all the scraps from 3 baby quilts.

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  29. Such a happy baby quilt! Love that you were able to quilt it yourself too. Beautiful colors and combination of patterns.

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  31. Very cute baby quilt! The diagonal quilting was a great idea!

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  32. Love it! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  33. Scrappy quilting all the way for me! This is a lovely quilt.

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