Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bubble Baby Quilt--Finished

Well, I have officially finished my first quilt of the year.  Believe it or not, I started and finished this little guy in 2012.  It was a super quick finish.  This is also my first official stash-buster quilt.  Everything was from my stash.  I bought the Sunkissed fabric last summer for another project that I never made.  I had 1/4 yard cuts of 5 different fabrics, and a 1/2 yard of a 6th fabric, which I also used for the binding.

I have wanted to do a quilt like this for a long time, but I have a serious dislike of applique.  It's really the very last thing I want to do when it comes to quilting.  I don't like the extra thickness from using Wonder-Under or something similar.  I'm also not interested in starching each piece a million times to use that method.  I know there are multiple methods, but none of them appealed to me so this design never happened...until now.

See, last time I was spray-basting a quilt, I thought, "I wonder if this would work for applique."  I decided to give it a try on a baby quilt for a friend.  I used a piece of Kona snow about 45" x WOF for the quilt top, spray basted my quilt as usual, then sprayed the individual circles and just smacked them on top of the quilt in a random arrangement.  I laid out several circles at a time and sprayed them in a group over a few layers of paper towels.

Then I quilted it like crazy with a pebble quilting design.  I made sure I was about 1/4" from the edges of all the circles.  After washing they frayed quite nicely.

The back is pieced with the fabric I had left after cutting the circles as well as a couple Kona solids I found in the stash.  I didn't originally plan to put circles on the back too, but as I was piecing I found a flaw in the very center of one of my Kona fabrics.  I just plopped a couple circles on top of it.  I added a few extra so it didn't look lonely.


Pros of using 505 for applique:

  • Super Quick & Easy--no ironing, no starching, no zig-zag stitching around the edges

Cons:

  • I sprayed the circles pretty lightly.  They started lifting off as I moved my quilt around.  I think it would have been better had I sprayed them more heavily.  The edges of the circles got caught on my darning foot several times.  I had to be more careful than usual.  

Overall it was totally worth it.  I don't think I'd do it on anything larger than a baby quilt, but I like applique just a little more today than I did last week.

The baby for this little quilt is due in about a month.  I hope she likes it!

46 comments:

  1. she'll love it no doubt. :)
    I often use a glue stick for my appliqué, because of what you mentioned, but this just quilting it sounds great!

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  2. I really, really love this. If we ever have another girl, I may commission to make one like this for her. So cute! I am going to have to email you about spray basting, and last but not least, thank you for Adie's cute bag. I don't we got around to telling you that. She loves it and immediately began filling it with odds and ends she wanted to take to TX. What lucky kids I have who have such talented aunts that make them fun stuff.

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  3. Genius! I always avoid applique too, this is such a great idea. And the quilt turned out super adorable. Great fabric choice for a little girl.

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  4. Next time instead of spraying on paper towels, try a dry bathtub or shower stall. the next time someone bathes the adhesive residue gets washed away and there's no over spray problem. I use my shower as a spray booth for small items all the time. Bonus, you can turn on the vent if you want to.

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  5. This looks fantastic Kati, what a great idea! I had a terrible time with spray basting my quilt last time, so need a new use for my 505!

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  6. Oh that looks fab, and great tip on the spray baste, thanks!

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  7. Such a great idea, Kati! The quilt is so cute, too!

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  8. Once again kati- you have impressed me big time. The quit is beautifu, and I love how tried a technique that works for you! thanks for sharing!

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  9. Looks great! You must have a Baby Go.

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  10. Totally awesome! I have used basting spray for applique and it's worked really well. I love the OP's suggestion to use the shower stall as a spray booth. Brilliant!!

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  11. This looks great! I have a bunch of ruined circles from a previous project attempt, maybe I can do something like your quilt with them.

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  12. I LOVE it! I am totally going to try this someday.

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  13. I did this s few weeks ago with a circle quilt that I raw edge applique, such a great idea! I was cheap to use up the expensive fusible interfacing haha

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  14. Did you spray baste a few at a time and stitch? or were you able to get them all on and sew all at once?

    I'm wanting to try this SOON! =) Your method is inspiring.

    hugZ,
    annie
    anniesrubyslipperz.com

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  15. Awesome stash use, Kati! Very cute.

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  16. I love this. I hope you don't mind, but I'm probably going to try your method for a baby quilt I need to make. I was thinking of making an applique baby quilt, actually - it's like we have the same mind - I'm not always in the applique mood so I wasn't going to do it. Yours came out just beautiful :)

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  17. Sweet quilt! I love the spray baste idea. That sounds much more tolerable than other methods of appliqué!

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  18. this is fabulous!! Now a question... does the spray baste have an ingredients list? :)

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  19. Cute idea! Love how it turned out.

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  20. I can't imagine someone not loving that quilt. I still LOOOOOVE Isabel's, and so does Aaron. He uses it at least as much as she does. I think it's the minky on the back. Thanks again. I think of you every time we use it.

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  21. I'm with you - no real desire to do applique - but that came out amazingly well! I love the circles on the back, and the reason for them.

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  22. That quilt is SUPER cute!!!!!

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  23. It is so happy and pretty Kati. I am sure she will love it! Great quilting too.

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  24. Lovely and so sweet!!!
    Really beautiful!
    Susana

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  25. Super cute and I love that line!

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  26. Absolute total and utter genius Kati, beautiful quilt and what a brilliant method - where you lead, the rest of us will now follow!

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  27. I like the quilt very much. Very cheerful.

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  28. What? You started this in 2012? Are you just trying to make us all feel bad about ourselves :)

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  29. Beautiful quilt and so perfect for a little one! Look at you already blazing through your stash. I'm impressed by your ingenuity in using 505. I too love the look of applique, but agree that it can be a bit tedious. Thanks for sharing an alternative technique!

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  30. Very lovely and a great idea! But I'm wondering where you find the time to get so much done with all your little ones and all the other bits of life going on?! You're making me feel like a slacker ;-)

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  31. Hi! Your quilt is beautiful! I love the white base and those cute colourful circles! Today I was cutting white circles with my GO!Baby and made the base for the baby quilt with different blue squares, I had left overs from an other quilt! I wish I could have that magic spray, too. I am thinking to sew the circles on the top first and then add the batting and the backing. (because my machine is not good for quilting). And I thought to hand quilt later the circles. Your quilting is beautiful and I love the way how it changes after washing!
    Thank you for inspiration - my next one is colours on white!
    x Teje
    PS. If you have time could you please tell me what you think is a good size for a baby quilt. Without any children I don't have my own experience.

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  32. What a beautiful quilt and such a good idea to apply the circles. Whoever gets this will love it, I'm sure!

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  33. I love this quilt and have been avoiding applique too. I am not a fan of spraying glue but now I am wondering about the glue sticks that some quilters have been using, maybe they would work the same way? Thanks for sharing the process.

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  34. I made a baby quilt with the same fabrics last summer. I love this line! Your quilt looks very cuddly. That will be one lucky little one! It turned out great!

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  35. Thanks for the info -- I've been pondering a circle quilt and had wondered about using this technique. Based upon your assessment, I think that I will opt to use another technique for my circle quilt since I want at least a geneours lap-sized quilt. I always enjoy your blog, and i lop your circle quilt in Sunkissed. Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  36. Gorgeous! I'm going to have to try your method! I love the pebble quilting with all the circles.

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  37. Such a cute quilt, Kati! What a good idea :)

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  38. Oh i love this quilt it is super cute great job!

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  39. Great idea! Thanks for sharing. I don't love applique like others do, but I like what it looks like.

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