Thursday, July 21, 2016

Raw Edged Flower Lap Quilt Finish

 My mom wanted a little lap quilt to keep her warm. So using the left-over fabric from her Chevron quilt I made her back in 2014, I made this little flower quilt for her. It measures 33' x 51".
This is it BEFORE I washed it.

 The Quilting

 Soooo after psyching myself out by looking on Pinterest and others blogs for quilting ideas, I finally just jumped in and first started by FMQ on and around the flowers.  I then added a little "anchor" flower in the center where four corners of the flowers met. I also stitched in the ditch the entire perimeter of the quilt top. Then a had a flower border pantograph that was the perfect accent!
I used this Soft &Comfy brown 100% polyester fabric for the backing.
 I was a little dissatisfied when I saw how "wiggly" it ended up. 

Here's a close-up of the quilting on the front...like my little stitched note to my mom? (smiles!)
See that wiggle...ugh! But wait!

After Washing

Look at the difference once I washed this little quilt! 
The borders are all straightened up. Wiggle gone. I've never used this kind of backing before, so I was careful not to pull it too tight on the frame and more than pleased to see how it tightened up after it was washed. I think the quilting was perfect...balanced and not too dense, which is what I wanted.

Just look at those flowers with their little ravel started!!
It makes me happy to know how much my mom will use this little quilt and inspires me to get back to sewing my queen size raw edged flower quilt I have started! Sometimes a little project in-between the big projects is kinda rejuvenating isn't it?! As always, thanks for stopping by and visiting.
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24 comments:

  1. Well done on getting it finished. I'm sure your mum will love it. Looks so cuddly

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  2. This looks really cool, Val, especially after washing. How do you control the fraying of the raw edges to prevent them from eventually unraveling into the seams? This would be fantastic texture to add to a baby quilt but I know those go through MANY wash cycles... Congrats on your finish; I know your mom will love it!

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    1. No special treatment on edges. NOTE: I DID quilt right over the same seams I used to sew the flowers together, thus creating a "double" seam. I'm sure after many washing a few strings will need to clipped...but other than that....it should be good. :)

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  3. Wow! What an eye opener regarding how "neat" the edge looks after a good washing. Amazing.

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  4. I have a friend who makes one of these every year for a raffle quilt - money for breast cancer research in memory of her mom. Yes, the washing changes everything with this quilt pattern.

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  5. Love how this came out--surprising about the backing, too. Your Mom will love it...!! I NEED (LOL) to do a raw edged flower thingey...off to find fabric for binding Cassidy's quilt...hugs, Julierose

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  6. With it's gorgeous Summer look, it sure is beautiful!
    Well done Val!

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  7. With it's gorgeous Summer look, it sure is beautiful!
    Well done Val!

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  8. Oh, now you have done it....again! Now I want to make one of those raw edge beauties! Yours turned out so nice. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Hugs

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  9. Your little quilt is adorable!

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  10. Great job! It turned out really pretty - traditional and funky at the same time. I love raw edges in quilts))

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  11. The picture of the quilt after it was washed is just stunning! Great colors and the flowers are beautiful! I have never tried a raw edge quilt due to my apprehension about the impact to the washing machine, dryer and the septic system. Am I overthinking this????

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  12. It looks great--I know your mom is going to love snuggling under it!

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  13. I love the look of it after washing it. That will be a real treasure for her.

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  14. It came out of the wash looking incredible. Great job. Your mum will love it.

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  15. loving what you have made here for your Mum

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  16. Such a lovely "quilty hug" for your mum. A beautiful finish!

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  17. Such a fun and cheerful quilt Val! Your Mom must love it!
    Thanks for all the work you did for the I Spy Swap! I love the package you sent to me!

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  18. Wow, Val; this is beautiful! Did you use stabiliser behind the flowers, or just the fabric as it comes?

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  19. No stabilizer...just layered and sewed them together.

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  20. That is a darling quilt. Looks like a perfect snuggling quilt.

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  21. This is true that polyester tend to tighten when being wet. I'm glad to read that the washing resolved your problem and ended your disatisfaction. I know what it feels when you work hard on a piece and something out of your control changes the result. 😕 In the end, your mom's lap quilt is gorgeous (fabric choice, flower and quilting design). And, yes, I love the "writing".

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  22. Oh, and thank you for participating to my Fabric, Thread and Yarn link party. I wish you a beautiful Sunday!

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I have to admit, your comments make me smile! Thanks for sharing and for letting me know you stopped by. I Hope your day is awesome!

Val:)

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