Friday, March 28, 2014

A Finish! Snowballs During the Winter that Won't End

This quilt is for little Olivia who is only 2 1/2 months old, and since it still feels like winter outside I think she'll have time to use this it before warm weather comes.  Whew!  She hasn't outgrown it before I finished it.  I'm new to this gramma thing and haven't got my timing down yet.

I'm still working on taking photographs that show the true colors....

Below, after a spin in the washer.

The finished quilt measures 41 1/8" x 52 1/8". 

I like to record details of each quilt I finish. 

Timeline  I record dates when part of the quilt was finished but not necessarily why it took so long.  Four months to quilt this little quilt is an impossibly long time except that I spent two weeks at my daughter's home before and after the baby was born helping her and watching new baby's toddler-brother.
10/14/13 - begun
10/26/13 - center blocks sewn together
11/13/13 - borders sewn on and applique finished
11/16/13 - quilting begun
 3/15/14 - quilting finished
 3/18/14 - binding cut, machine stitched
 3/20/14 - binding finished

Batting (info from package)
Soft n Crafty 80/20 (cotton/poly) from JoAnn
3/16" loft
2"-4" quilting distance
2-3% shrinkage

I found this batting easy to quilt through and I like the loft after washing -- puffed but not too much.  (After all, this quilt's meant to keep my grandbaby warm and it's the loft that adds warmth.  I might make another choice for a different quilt with a different perpson.)

Quilting
Hand-quilted using Natural Essential 100% cotton thread from Connecting Threads. 

Measurements
43" x 55" before layering
42 1/4" x 53" after quilting and before binding
42 5/8" x 53 1/2" after binding
41 1/8" x 52 1/8" after 6 washings and once in the dryer (because of the the pencil)

Actual shrinkage was about 9%.  Whew!!!  Much higher than the suggested 2-3% on the package.



I hope it will keep Olivia warm and comfy the rest of this winter and next year, too.


I'm linking this post to
TGIFF (Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday) at Devoted Quilter, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.   Thanks, ladies.


Happy Quilting,
--Nancy.

25 comments:

  1. Oh Nancy, the quilt is adorable - almost as adorable as your granddaughter. Thanks for your review of Soft and Crafty. I'll have to pick one up the next time it's on sale.

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    1. Thank you, Melinda. I agree that she's adorable! If you try Soft n Crafty maybe you could let me know what you think (if you remember).

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  2. It's beautiful, and so it she! Thanks for linking to TGIFF.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Leanne, and for hosting TGIFF. I appreciate it.

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  3. your quilty snowballs are much nicer than the ones outside my window ;)

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    1. I think we're all tired of snow by now, Allison. Thanks.

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  4. Your quilt turned out great and your grand daughter is adorable!

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  5. Beautiful quilt and granddaughter.

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  6. What a lovely quilt - Olivia is bound to use it for a long time - first as a wrap, then as a sitting mat, then as a stroller blanket and then a car seat throw. You did good, Grandma!

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    1. I hadn't thought ahead to all the ways she might use the quilt but now that I'm thinking about it, it's fun to imagine. Thank you for your kind words, A Nudge.

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  7. Hello Nancy, Little Olivia is such a sweetheart, and you have made her a beautiful quilt. I am sure she will get very attached to it.
    Love from England, Muv

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    1. Thank you, Muv. I hope she likes and enjoys it for a few years, at least.

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  8. Congratulations on the finish! It's a great pattern!! Your granddaughter is adorable.

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    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts, Lori. It's hard to go wrong with a snowball and nine-patch (except maybe with colors). She is a sweetie!

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  9. Nice quilt and cute baby. Congrats on your finish!

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    1. Thanks so much, Vera. I appreciate your kind comments.

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  10. Really, you finished in no time at all!*wink Great job on this very sweet quilt.:)

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    1. Hi, Audrey. I love your sense of humor! Thanks for your kind words about the quilt.

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  11. This baby quilt is beautiful. I love the quilting on this quilt. What a gift to treasure.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I'm relatively new to hand quilting but I really enjoyed stitching this one.

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  12. This quilt is great in every way. It just looks like Grandma love and SO girly! And these are the best kind of snowballs to have. Can you believe that we had snow again this morning? It didn't stick but, gosh, it's almost April ?!?!?

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    1. Thanks, Nina. I agree it looks girly. There are some things I would do differently if I were beginning again but I'm not going to point them out to anyone. We hardly ever see a quilt all at one time when it's in use.

      No, I can hardly believe it snowed again! But I remember that it snowed the first week in April, 1987. I hope we don't have that to look forward to this year! One of these weeks (or months!) we'll see spring flowers.

      Take care and thanks again for your kind words.

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  13. What an absolutely darling quilt for your precious granddaughter! I adore the flowers you've added in the corners - such a sweet detail! I'm betting Olivia will love it for years. I don't think you can outgrow a quilt.

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