Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Argyle Baby Quilt

I have a new little nephew coming soon.  I wanted to make a fun quilt for him and knew instantly what it would look like.  My SIL has a love of argyle.  We had their name for Christmas, and I wanted to make an argyle quilt for her back then, but I didn't feel that I had the skills or patience to do it.  I made this quilt for them instead, but did give them an argyle pillow.  After actually making my diamond quilt, I knew that an argyle one would be relatively easy.  This quilt came together quite quickly.  The only problem was that I was 1/3 through piecing the quilt when I realized I had arranged the stripes incorrectly.  I had them going horizontal rather than vertical.  Luckily unpicking wasn't too painful.  Final size is around 48x58.  It's a bit big for a baby quilt, but I hope he can use it for a while.  The fabrics are all Kona: Lagoon, Lime, Khaki, Snow and the binding is Wheat.

The only complaint I had was the shrinkage.  Due to all those bias edges, it skewed a bit when it shrunk.  You can see it a as it hangs.  I have heard this is normal, but it bugs me just a bit.  I figure when it's being used though, no one will be checking if it has perfectly square corners.


Originally, I had planned to only stitch the dark lines through the centers of the blocks.  I decided as I was basting the quilt that I needed to stitch on either side of the seams as well to keep everything tacked down.  I'm so glad I did that.  I just used a light tan thread that doesn't compete with the design I wanted to achieve with the darker thread.

The back is an random arrangement of the leftover fabric using my sew and slash technique.  I used every bit of fabric I bought to make this quilt.  I love it when that happens.





I really love how clean and simple this quilt looks.  It's a great starter quilt for venturing into piecing diamonds because much of it is strip-pieced.  I would love one for our house in fall colors and was thinking it would be a fun quilt along.  Anyone interested in joining up for a QAL around the end of September or so?

I'm linking up this week to Gen X Quilters Summer Fair Quilt Show.  Head on over there and check out the great quilts and recipes.

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40 comments:

  1. Thats really clever! Looks great :-)

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  2. Gorgeous! I love your quilt. What a great design for a baby boy!

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  3. I adore this quilt! The colors, design, the quilting...all of it. Your nephew is a lucky little boy!

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  4. Great quilt! I'd be interested in a qa.....

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  5. Great colors -- nicely done.

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  6. We love it! Thank you so much! We never noticed the corners weren't completely squared up. I have a feeling the little boy won't mind either ;)

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  7. Wow! That is absolutely gorgeous! I love the look of the argyle!

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  8. So cute! This would make a really good tutorial (hint, hint!).

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  9. This rocks! I have a nephew coming next year and this would be perfect. I'd LOVE to do a QA. Let us know...

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  10. This is awesome, Kati! I know your new nephew and his family will love it. I really like the quilting too!

    I'd love a quilt along if you're up for it!

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  11. Beautiful! I love argyle as well and have been trying to work up the courage to work with diamonds.
    Definitely a lucky nephew.

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  12. Great job. I love the simplicity and fresh colors.

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  13. Such a happy quilt Kati. I love the quilting too.

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  14. Lovely! I think it looks great. quilters are so picky about perfection. It is just great and great simple colours!

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  15. I love your quilt. It is such a cute boy baby quilt. I know what you mean about the shrinkage. I was looking through one of my quilt books last night and I noticed the kind of wavy edges while they were hanging for the picture. I would be interested in a quilt along.

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  16. Lovely colours! The quilting is perfect, lucky boy x

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  17. It's beautiful!!! They will love it!

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  18. I love it! Argyle is my favorite - in fact I'm wearing an argyle sweater today! Those colors are perfect too, and I love the thread color. Great work!

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  19. This looks super fab!!! I adored your argyle pillow (and the City Green quilt you did last year, too), but this is also fantastic :) Love the Konas!!!

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  20. Fantastic! I love the quilting and the Kona colors you chose.

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  21. I love the idea of this as a Quilt Along! If you start one up, I will definitely be in! It is so simple and lovely (I am a huge argyle fan as well!). I have two boys, so I love seeing anything made for boys. Great job!

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  22. Oh my gosh! I love it! I agree that this would make an excellent quilt along... ;)

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  23. I love it, and you just gave me a great idea for my soon-to-be-born niece's quilt--THANKS!

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  24. Really really gorgeous! love the quilting.

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  25. This is so so great! I love the argyle design, and even more in a quilt like this, just perfect! Definitely interested in a QA...

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  26. Wonderful boy quilt.reminds me of a sweater for some reason?;) Cute as can be for sure.

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  27. Before I even got to the end of this post I was thinking "TUTORIAL"! I'd love it as a quilt-a-long. This quilt is stunning. I love it!

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  28. I'd totally be in for a quilt along!

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  29. I would love to do this quilt in a quilt along!! I love it and so many options on different solid colorways.

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  30. Gosh, I'd have a thing for argyle if this lived in my house, too! :) I'm super intimidated by diamonds, but I would be interested in a QAL. Maybe I can get some of my guild to participate, too. :)
    I love the design, though. You really did a great job. :)

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  31. Great quilt Kati! The Kona selection is perfect, as is your choice in the quilting. Love it! Thanks for sharing with us during Summer Fair! AnneMarie

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  32. What a cute quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Looks great, would love a quilt along.

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  34. I completely agree that a quilt-along or tutorial would be appreciated! Of course, I totally understand that you are busy, and I appreciate the inspiration you provide.

    I really like that the back is just as interesting as the front.

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