Monday, June 13, 2011

Banner Quilt for Eli - Finished!

I've been itching to make a quilt for Eli but life has been so busy lately (our house is now in contract - yay!) ... you know how it goes...
I decided to make time to put a fun Banner Quilt together and 4 days later, I had it almost done!
I was inspired by Rylee's Quilt, although it's a smaller girl version.

Technically, this is a wholecloth quilt which means each side is one whole piece of fabric, no blocks to be sewn together, which is why I went for it! Here are some other examples of (proper) wholecloth quilts on Flickr. Wholecloth quilts can be quilted VERY intricately, but I didn't go that direction, since this is only a play quilt for little man.
The front is a flat sheet from Ikea, the backing is half of a duvet cover also from Ikea... both already in my stash! I didn't spend a single dime on new fabric for this quilt, woohoo!

I did some loopy quilting on the mid-arm machine at my LQS, and to my surprise, I had it quilted in a little more than an hour! Yay! Its different from my normal (aka boring) stippling... gives it a bit of movement, and makes for a nice soft quilt!

I cut out the banners (or flags or bunting) from scraps and zig-zag stitched them to the top before it was sandwiched. Easy peasy! I finished that step in 2 sewing sessions. Then I added the string they appear to "hang" on, which is just selvedges sewn together end to end to stretch all the way across. I was winging it, can you tell?

After scouring my stash for binding options, I ended up pulling some brown wood grain (Joel Dewberry,) Kei Honeycomb in Red, and some mustard colored DS Quilts (Denyse Schmidt for Joanns) and I do love how the binding looks!

I realize this is not a quilt-show-worthy piece of art, but finishing it has really soothed my quilting itch while our home is in limbo! Plus I've been on a bit of a banner/bunting/flag kick lately, what does that say?
(oooh tomorrow I hope to post about a bunting tote bag I just finished too!)

Here's Eli testing out his new quilt... that face is him saying "oof" looking for doggies in the neighbors backyard.

Finished Size: 62" x 76"
Uses: rough-housing, tent building, dragging around, wrestling on, cuddling under, and picnicking

{One final photo of Eli and his Grammy}
Thanks to my little sister, Carla, for allowing me to play with her fancy SLR camera - I want one!!! It shoots like butter, er, slices like butter, or shoots like an NBA player? Its a sweet camera, end of story.

23 comments:

Jen said...

Love this! It's great!!

Blue Is Bleu said...

I love this! Anything bunting makes me smile... next time my little sister asks for a quilt I'm going to have to suggest this! (She loves bunting too!)

BaileyGirl5 said...

This just looks like FUN! It's so bright and whimsical. The quilting is perfect for this quilt. Totally jealous of your longarming ....

Kati said...

So cute! What a great idea for an easy picnic blanket.

vintagemodernquilts | Lisa said...

Adorable! I'm going to have to make a boy version now that we have one on the way!

Kristin said...

Love it? A banner quilt is on my let to make! ;)

Cheryl Arkison said...

So much fun! Eli is such a big boy now.

Riel Nason said...

Selvages are such a good idea for the strings! I read that and kind of nodded my head as I was going ... lol ... I really like your quilting on this! Cheers, Riel (also mom to an Eli) ;-)

taylorhw said...

Wow! Eli is growing up with a great quilt to keep him warm and loved.
Wendy

Lauren P said...

Awesome! I love your quilt!

Kristine said...

This is a fabulous quilt. Just gorgeous.

Carolyn said...

Such a fun and gorgeous quilt!

Katie B. said...

This is awesome! I can tell this quilt will be well loved.

AnneMarie said...

Looks fantastic! Can't wait to see it in person!

machen und tun said...

it is wonderful!! and i love the quilting very much..
Claudia

Catherine said...

I do really like this quilt. Being a whole cloth quilt and easy to put together plus made from your stash makes for a perfect fun quilt to dragged around by a wee boy.

Rylee Kettner said...

Love it! And using selvages for the bunting line, that is genius. I never would have thought of that!

randi said...

very cute! and how nice that it was such a quick finish. inspires me to try one!

angela said...

So cute!! I love it. And your quilting looks so perfect for those banners.

Stephanie said...

Love it! I'm going to have to make one... I need something for all my scraps!!!!!

Amanda said...

This is one of the most lovely quilts I've seen in a long time. Love it!

diane said...

I love your quilt!

beecee said...

i love the photo ( and the shadow behind it!) and and al the wonderful uses you and your little man will enjoy with it. Really nice happy quilt.