Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ABC Quilt Finish!!

So I spent the weekend quilting up my ABC Quilt top that I blogged here and then put the binding on yesterday.  Yippee to have it all finished!!!   Isn't it just so cute ;)  I can't wait to take it over to my daughter's preschool :)


Each letter finished at 10" x 12" and the quilt top is 60" x 60".  The perfect size to hang in the lobby at the school :)  So fun!!!  I used Hubba Hubba by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda.   Those gals sure make the cutests fabric designs ever.  You just can't help but smile when working with these cheery colors and patterns ;)

I decided to try something new on the background filler.  I have always loved making daisies and usually just put little loops in between them (tutorial here) but this time I decided to try some echoing and adding leaves.  It was a trickier than loops for sure, but by the end, I had the hang of it ;)  And I am so pleased with how it turned out.  It is the perfect whimsical filler to go with this quilt ;)  I quilted the background with the Rainbows thread by Superior Threads.  I doesn't necessarily blend on the lighter colors, which made me stress a little more about my imperfect quilting,  but what could be more fun for a bunch of preschoolers than rainbow colored thread.  Love it!!!


I debated for a while about how to quilt the letters, but in the end decided on just quilting 1/4" echo around each letter.   I am so loving how it makes each of the letters just pop out of the quilt. Isn't it nice when things turn out just the way you hope they will ;)


Oh, and funny story, about 1/2 way through I started wondering why some lines were father away  from the edges than others when I was using the edge of the fabric to gauge, then it hit me as I was staring at the needle, it wasn't centered in the presser foot.  I had to adjust the long arm foot a while back as it was to low and kept getting snagged on seams and apparently, I didn't quite get it perfectly centered.   But trust me, it's fixed now ;)

So now this fun little quilt is all bound up ready to go to the Preschool.   I can't wait to deliver it ;)   They have done so much for my little girl helping her with her speech.  You never would guess now that she wasn't talking at three years old.  Amazing ladies and I can't wait to say Thank You with this special little quilt ;)


If you want to make your own ABC quilt you can either purchase an ABC Spell it with Moda Booklet a quilt shop,  (I know Fat Quarter Shop carries them here) or you can download each of the letters PDF's from the Spell It With Moda Blog Hop ;)

Have fun with those ABC's and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

Linking this finish up to the fabulous Quilt Story :)
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30 comments:

  1. Love, love, love! The quilting is amazing and it is so fun how the letters seem to jump off the quilt! I think the kids (and the teachers) will just adore this!

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  2. OH! IT's simply adorable! I'm also a huge fan of Me and My Sister designs, so whimsical and bright! I downloaded all the letters during the blog hop and now I'm itching to make one!

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  3. this is lovely, what a special gift for the pre school ladies.

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  4. Melissa, that quilt is absolutely adorable! It is perfect for a preschool!! You did a fantastic job and the quilting is amazing!

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  5. Love the quilt!! What a great gift for your preschool. Our five year old (she's actually my great niece, but more like my granddaughter) just graduated preschool last week and will be moving into kindergarten at school this year. She also was not talking at age 3 (she has apraxia) and her pre-school teachers worked with and reinforced her speech therapists' lessons and now she will be going into a regular kindergarten class this fall (but will continue working with the school's therapist). -- sorry TMI, but when I hear a similar story as ours, I tend to overshare.

    I really do love this quilt - you did a wonderful job!! And with a new granddaughter (10 months) and another one due in six weeks I think I really really need to get busy on one of these.

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  6. love that you left the letters unquilted.. great idea, lovely..

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  7. It turned out beautiful, Melissa!

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  8. Beautiful quilting! I love the flowers!!

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  9. I just love this happy little quilt!

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  10. Love the quilting, and happy new blog address :o)

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  11. A-dorable - B-eautiful -C-ute..... quilt

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  12. Your quilt is just gorgeous Melissa.

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  13. I think this is some of my favorite quilting I've seen you do!! So darn cute!!

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  14. I JUST LOVE IT! What a great job, and I love the daisy quilting on it. Fantastic and Fabulous!

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  15. It is stunning, gorgeous fabrics and stunning quilting, I'm sure the preschool will love it.

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  16. What a lovely gift for the teachers of your little girl ~ can't think of a better way to say thank you!

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  17. Love the quilt!! The quilting is awesome, nice to see you challenged yourself by changing it up a bit : )
    What a beautiful person you are for making the for the school!

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  18. So pretty, they are going to love it. x

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  19. Oh, signed up for SouthernFabrics newsletter just as you suggested : )

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  20. I love purple too!! But my favourite colour is green! And all shades of green : ) most favoured is aqua and turquoise.

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  21. This is so great. You are pretty amazing too.

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  22. Just a question...are all the pieces of your scrappy binding cut on the bias or are they just straight? I need to do something like this on a quilt I want to finish up and I saw your's and just love it!

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    1. They are just straight. I have a video tutorial here of how I do my scrappy bindings ;) http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/p/video-tutorials.html

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  24. I was wondering how this quilt would look with all white letters, and I'm loving it! This is how I'll do mine, for sure. It's our summer quilting project with the kids! Your quilt is so beautiful, and will be such a treasure to your daughter's preschool.

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  25. The quilting is amazing! Great job and I bet the school loves it.

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa