Hummingbirds – Finished Quilt

Another day, another baby quilt. I actually finished both of these quilts on Saturday (never mind that my labels say September... at least it was close). I was able to deliver this one to a sweet baby girl yesterday. And her 4-year-old big brother received Zoom Zoom. Yay for quilt gifts!

Baby Girl has a room decorated in coral, salmon, mint and aqua, with grey accents. That meant shopping for fabric, since these are not colors in my stash (except the aqua, I suppose). I think the backing fabric is perfect and I was happy with what I found to accompany it, though I found the task a bit of a challenge. The background fabric on the front is a digitally printed fabric from Hawthorne Threads. They produce a wide variety of prints in many one-color options. Once I realized they had the right mint green, choosing the hummingbirds was easy. Baby Girl's parents' wedding featured a hummingbird motif, so I knew it was just the right print.

I designed the quilt before I decided on the fabrics. Initially my grey areas were pieced from two rectangles, but when I decided on a two-way directional print for those sections I redesigned it to be pieced from squares in alternating directions.

I chose to quilt with walking foot quilting. I'd planned free motion quilting for every other project at the top of my "to be quilted" list, so I thought I'd change it up with this one. I began by marking a line at a 60 degree angle with blue tape for my first line of quilting. Then I used the guide on my walking foot to make parallel lines with 1 1/2" spacing. I initially planned a second pass in the opposite 60 degree angle to make crosshatch quilting, but I ended up holding after the first pass. Sometimes done is better than perfect... or less detailed, in this case, is better than twice the quilting time. ;-)

I'm uncertain why my stitch length is so irregular with walking foot quilting. Perhaps it has to do with my tension. Thoughts?

I cut into my backing fabric to try it as the feature fabric in the center of the front of the quilt. Then I decided to stick with my initial plan of the poppies. That left me with a backing fabric too small to back the entire quilt. :-/ I decided to piece in my label instead of adding a secondary fabric in the backing. (Name and birthdate removed from the photo.)

Then all that was left was to roll it up and wrap it. I hope Baby Girl loves it. I know her mom does. :-) It was so hard to keep this one a secret. I just knew that if I shared even a glimpse, my friend would recognize her color palette and my surprise would be ruined.

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18 thoughts on “Hummingbirds – Finished Quilt

  1. I usually reduce the pressure on my walking foot when I quilt, which means I have to be very careful about how I feed the quilt through the machine to maintain even stitches. If a pin gets caught on the edge of a table or the quilt "drags" it will quickly shorten the stitch length. I don't know if any of that might help you diagnose what is causing your stitch irregularity; it's just what I have noted for myself.

    What a sweet quilt and gift and I bet both quilts are going to be loved and used for years!

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    1. sarah

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      Thanks, Yvonne. I don't think I had much drag with such a small project, but I'll have to pay attention to that next time I get out the walking foot. :-)

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Mary. It's a very pretty palette. If I can find the selvage I'll email you fabric info for those two. :-)

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    1. sarah

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      Thanks, Allison. You are correct about the quilting. And nobody would even miss the potential crosshatch quilting if I'd just quit telling people that was the plan. ;-)

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