Vintage Airplane Baby Quilt

Friday, September 11, 2015

It has been way to long ...

What has happened since February?
  • We spent 3 weeks wandering around Ireland
  • Sold our Seattle house
  • I resigned from my job
  • We moved to our cabin on Hood Canal
What hasn't happened?
  • Quilting
That has now changed!

Vintage Airplane Baby Quilt
This is for Gavin.  I work with his mom and she commissioned me to make a vintage airplane quilt and bunting for his room.  

You guys may remember this from my post in February when i was trying to figure out how to do applique.  Then so much happened and it kind of fell by the way-side.

The challenge was in keeping the quilting loose enough and doing a straight machine stitch on all the raw edges instead of trying to use a zig zag stitch.  This picture isn't as good, but you can see the quilting on it better and see how keeping it light and broadly spaced helped.  

Here's the back.  The little green spot mid-quilt on the right is a smaller replica of the airplanes on the front of the quilt.  Gavin's full name and birthdate are on this mini airplane.  Mom had gray chevron elsewhere in the room, so tried to tie it in with the back here.

I am not normally a fan of borders ... but this quilt was so simple and with vast amounts of white space, it needed a bit more punch.  

This is a not-so-great picture of the bunting that I made for Gavin's room as well.  It's hard to take a picture of bunting ... but I was able to get it against an off-white background in the guest room at least.  Making the bunting was actually far easier than I had anticipated!  The trick was to create a light-weight cardboard template to put inside each piece to help get 11 even-triangles.  

While I resigned from my job in March, I agreed to stay at work until the end of the year.  So I am not quite ready to quilt full time ... but it's getting closer and I am getting back into it.

Hope you have all kept well and I look forward to posting more and getting back to reading more about what YOU have been up to!


1 comment:

Sarah Craig said...

Lisa, it's a wonderful quilt! I love the vintage airplanes - my dad owned a Steerman biplane for a while and I have wonderful memories of flying with him in it! Glad to see you back blogging again, and I can't wait to see what you come up with in the coming months!

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