Friday, June 22, 2012

A Twin Bubbles Quilt

My SIL asked me to make quilts for their kiddos.  My niece is just a few months older than my Miss C.  I have it on good authority from Miss C that her cousin will love this quilt.  I hope so.  We'll pass it off soon as they are in town for a few weeks to escape the horrible heat where they live.


I created this quilt using the same method as my last bubble quilt.  
 

I used two flat sheets for the top and bottom of the quilt and appliqued all the bubbles using pebble quilting.  First I spray basted the quilt sandwich.  Then I arranged the circles to get an idea of placement.  I gathered them back up and started working on just a few circles at a time.  I spray basted these as well, but only about 8-10 at a time.  I used almost 2000 meters of thread on this guy  I did have some eyelashing on my back quilting.  I normally don't have this issue with my machine and can't decide if my machine just didn't like quilting through two sheets or if my tension is a bit off due to my way overdue visit to get my machine serviced.  I cleaned and oiled my machine twice during the quilting process as well as changed my needle twice.  I did the quilting in short sessions--usually just 2-3 bobbins at a time. 

 
I rarely use applique, but I do love the texture created by all the raw edges.

The final size is 60" x 85".  It's a bit more narrow than I planned.  I used twin sheets and should have used full size sheets. They shrunk more than I planned after washing.  I would have preferred a width of about 65".

I actually have a lot of the 5" and 3" circles left over.  I way overestimated how many it would take to make the quilt.  I'm still debating on keeping them or selling them on Etsy.  I'm not sure I have another bubble quilt in me.



We tested it on Miss C's bed.  A pillow case came with the green sheet set I purchased so I appliqued some circles on the hem just because. 


31 comments:

  1. Such an adorable quilt!! What a lucky little girl - I'm sure she'll love it!

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  2. Kati, it turned out great! You always do a fabulous job!

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  3. This is such a fun quilt, I love it.

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  4. This is so cute!!!! I also love that it's a semi-quick quilt - quilting done at the same time as the 'piecing' - genius!!!

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  5. Awesome! Your bubble distribution looks just perfect. I would sell the xtras - even you decide to do another later, you'll probably enjoy it more with new fabrics. And people would love to buy pre-cut circles!

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  6. This is so adorable! I love circles!
    ~Donna~

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  7. I love this, Kati! I know your niece will too.

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  8. Love this Kati! Thanks for the tip on spray basting the circles, that seems way easier than using steam a seam for all those circles. I may have to put my circle die to work!

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  9. I love the quilt. I might just have to try one of these.

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  10. It looks awesome!! So super cute :)

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  11. Not sure I want to do it, but this is sure a fun quilt!

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  12. I love this quilt, Kati! And your niece is going to love it too!

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  13. This really turned out so well. I love the idea too. I'm sure if you sell the circles someone would jump at the chance to buy them.

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  14. love it!! the colours are so pretty!

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  15. Cute quilt! I'm a longarm quilter and your tension problems are probably because of the sheets. They're woven tighter than regular cotton and that causes problems. If you have eyelash problems on the back, tighten your top tension until you see the small bump of bobbin thread from the thread on the top of your quilt. Good way to check to make sure your tension is good - look for the bump.

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  16. Let me reword that so it makes sense. You want to look for the little bump of bobbin thread between your top stitches. If you can see it, you don't have eyelashes on the back. Also slow down a bit. Moving fast doesn't allow the stitches time to form properly and they will pull instead of lay flat on the back of your quilt. HTH.

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  17. This is such a cool quilt! I have done bubble quilting on a full size quilt & it takes a lot of thread! Your quilt looks fantastic I am sure she will love it :-)

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  18. Got to agree with Miss C!! Beautiful x

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  19. Beautiful quilt Katie! I love it! Pinning it to try it someday.... :)

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  20. That is lovely! So fun and fresh, just love it!

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  21. Love how this came out, I really must get some more spray baste so I can try this applique method

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  22. GORgeous!! It makes my heart laugh and sing at the same time. :) I want to make one too. :)

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  23. How cute is that!! You've inspired me to make one.

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  24. Kati, it is great!! Now i want to make one like it.. maybe i´ll do :-)
    have a great Sunday!
    Claudia

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  25. I love your bubbles quilt - it's beautiful. What do you use to cut out your circles?

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  26. Such a feat! This is an amazing quilt :-)

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  27. Such a happy design - love it, Kati!

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  28. This is the quilt that makes me want to buy a die cutter!
    It really is beautiful & I'm sure the wee one will love it!
    Cheers
    Lush
    London, UK

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