Now I know my ABC’s in Fons and Porter’s LOVE OF QUILTING (March/April 2013)

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Hello Friends, it’s good to have you visit again.  Some of you had written to ask where you could access the pattern of this quilt when I had posted the following preview a few months ago.

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I am happy I can finally show you the quilt in its entirety, and tell you where to get the pattern instructions.  “Now I know my ABC’s” is officially featured in Fons and Porter’s latest Love of Quilting issue (March/April 2013).  Electronic download is available here.  Kits are also available here.

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This lighthearted child’s quilt finishes at 64″ x 74″ and should sufficiently fit a toddler’s bed.  The fabrics are from Benartex’s Googlies collection.  Click here to view the full range of fabrics.  If you are thinking of making this for a girly girl, be sure to check out the pastel and pink colorway.  But then again, would a girly girl like a Googlies-themed quilt?

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This quilt came back to me at the right time because Miss Baby’s is into monsters right now.  She was besides herself when she saw the myriad Googlies characters when I showed her the quilt.

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[image source:  Fons and Porter]

Let’s take a closer look… shall we?

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Quilting is done using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting.  You will see I outlined quilted the Googlies, and added accents here and there to add a bit something to the overall look.  This quilt is not heavily quilted because I intend this quilt to be used, and not just for the eyes.

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I quilted fun swirls on the quilt border.  I hope you can see the yellow thread I used against the printed white fabric.  I shared about how to do these swirls here on my Thread Talk post, and here in my online class.

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I don’t really say this often, but I think this quilt is an instance where the backing makes the quilt!  Patch-print fabrics are quite popular these days, and I often use them for backing when they are available in a collection.

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I hope you enjoyed my Googlies quilt.  If you remember, I had shared with you here a free quilt pattern I designed, also using the Googlies, but in the pink girly girl colorway.

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Thanks for visiting!  I hope you have a fun-filled day!

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My 2013 lineup thus far besides “Now I know my ABC’s” – click on links for more information:

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  2 Wishes, to be posted

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches, to be posted

Quilter’s World (April 2013):  Monkey Around, to be posted

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow, to be posted

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

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Town Square: Final Sneak Peek

Hello Friends,  I had shown you a sneak peek of my latest completed quilt before it was quilted.

Now, the personality of the quilt has been added.  You will see in the following photo the same section after being quilted. [A side note:  The fabrics you see are from Riley Blake’s Avignon — get yourself some if you think you like them.  I have a feeling the fabrics won’t last long as they are absolutely gorgeous!]

If you have multiple sashings in your quilt, consider quilting feathers like I did.   The visual effect is a little different from what you would normally see.  Plus, once you master free-handing your feathers, no marking is involved in quilting these feathers – just the way I like it! :)

Meanwhile, I have been working with these fabrics these last couple of days.  These are from Benartex’s Googlies collection.  In case you missed my Googlies pattern offered for free by Benartex, click here to download the pattern.

Gotta run for now, Friends!  I hadn’t realized how taxi-ing my three year old around was going to be such a demand on my time.  I need to get back to some sewing before Miss Baby wakes up for the day.  Have a blessed day.

Curious mind wants to know what’s on your plate today.