July 13th, 2010

My 2nd Quilt

by Julie Hirt

All finished!

I used 6 fat quarters and cut them into nine 6×6″ squares.  Each whirligig is 2 patterned squared with 2 white squares – then I trimmed them to 10.5″.  I have a couple of Nicey Jane fabrics in there and I can’t remember what the others were. They’re all from Harper’s. The binding and backing is from Joann’s.

I added a little tab on the back so I could hang it from a hook, make a strip of leftovers along the back as well as a label.  This was my first stipple job and overall I’m really pleased with how it all turned out.

I’ve just picked up a jelly roll – Whimsy by Moda and am trying to figure out what I’m going to make with it!

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8 Responses to “My 2nd Quilt”

  1. This is a wonderful quilt, you should be very proud! I love the whirlygig pattern and the soft colors you used here are so calming. Nice job!

  2. I love this! I’m planning a similar Nicey jane Whirligig quilt, and I really like how you did your backing, especially the quilt label. Can you tell us more about it? I’ve only made 2 small baby quilts and would like to add labels to all future creations. Thanks!

  3. Elena – thanks! For the quilt label… I apologize for not remembering where I got the idea but it’s pretty simple. You’ll need a fine point sharpie and some iron on low tack transfer paper, I used Pellon Wonder Under and it’s only $2 a yard – LOTS of labels for that!

    You can do a large piece of fabric and make several labels at once but I took a piece of fabric roughly the size I needed for the label and ironed on some of the transfer paper. This gives the fabric some stability so you can write on it. Write your label message with the sharpie then cut to size. I used some of my scraps to make a mini binding around my label. Then you peel the backing off the transfer paper and iron it to the quilt. This makes it a little easier to sew the binding onto the quilt because it’s not wiggling around.

    My explanation is lengthy but hopefully makes sense. The sharpie will not bleed in the wash but be sure to use a fine point. You can get a sturdier transfer paper and not do a border but you still may want to tack the label to the quilt.

    This may be a good thing to document with pics on my next quilt :)

  4. I really like your quilt! I’ve been looking all over for a pattern on how to do this the way you describe and can’t find anything. Would it be possible for you to give me a bit more information on how you made these blocks?

  5. Hi. Can I do a link to you and blog about your tutorial? Would that be okay?

    I love your quilts so much.

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