by dragonflyer ( edited 05 Mar 2017 ) 05 Mar 2017

Animal Baby Quilt is FINISHED just out of the washer & dryer! Blocks were done ITH with batting and backing added while in the hoop and quilted through all layers. The blocks and borders were then joined together on the sewing machine. The "sashing" around the blocks and down the borders was created from the back block fabric that was added while the block was in the hoop. This is the first time I have joined ITH blocks this way and I do like the finished quilt much better than some of the other block joining methods. I also digitized the ITH blocks so that the animal outlines, stippling and triple run border could be actually quilted through all layers of the quilt. The one thing that I dislike the most about some ITH quilt blocks is that there is no actual quilting on the back of the quilt...what's the point? Having the animal outline, stippling and triple run border allows the back of the quilt to look more like a "traditional" quilt...I am pleased with the outcome...would like your opinions on the process...Thanks for looking!

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by sewgreat 07 Mar 2017

Very nice! I love it

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by mlbell70 06 Mar 2017

Such a special quilt. Very well done

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by queenofhearts 06 Mar 2017

Absolutely wonderful!!!

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thanks, Teresa...wish the photos would have turned out better...

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by agatha 06 Mar 2017

So gorgeous !

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thank you, Agatha...

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by airyfairy 06 Mar 2017

Kim, this is just beautiful. You make the most amazing things.

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thank you, Sarah...you say the nicest things!

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by laffma1 06 Mar 2017

Wow, such a wonderful job Kim!! Your digitized blocks look great. I agree, I also like the quilting lines to show on the back. Love your green border as well, with the added designs. Did you decorate them first, then attach to the quilt, as you did with the animal blocks?

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thank you for your kind words...yes, they were quilted ITH then joined to the quilt in the same manner that the blocks were joined

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by sdrise 06 Mar 2017

Wonderful job! Looks great!

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by MuseandSew 06 Mar 2017

Fantastic job! I love your adorable animal quilt. Love all of the quilting designs.

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by modo 06 Mar 2017

Beautiful

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by sjbrower 06 Mar 2017

Beautiful! And thank you for the details that you shared on how you put this together. I agree with you that the stippling (quilting) needs to go all the way through, but hadn't really figured out how. I've never done a quilt-as-you-go, and you have inspired me! Love your quilt!

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer edited 06 Mar 2017

Thank you, Sharon...I am fairly pleased with the results...although I am always still on the hunt for other ways to join ITH blocks...still looking for that "magic" method! It is a bit wrinkled as it literally just came out of the washer and dryer...I should have spent a bit more time smoothing it out...it actually looks much better in person than in the photos....

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by crazypatchmama 06 Mar 2017

Great job, Kim. Although I have no clue how you did this in the hoop. Came out really good.

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thank you, Mary...

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by spendlove Moderator edited 06 Mar 2017

Excellent. I haven't tried that joining method yet so your comments are very interesting.

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thank you, Sue...I am always on the hunt for ways to join ITH blocks and have tried several...this one does have more of the look and feel of a traditional quilt though...but a lot of that had to do with the way I digitized the blocks!

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by stock 06 Mar 2017

lovely, love the detail on the border...wendy

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thank you, Wendy...

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by Sewmum1 06 Mar 2017

Great job with the quilt. Back look good too

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thanks, Karryn...the back actually looks exactly like a traditional pieced quilt...I could have reversed the process and had the front with no sashing and had the sashing on the back...

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by lbrow 05 Mar 2017

Love it Kim. I had seen this method on you tube and decided the next quilt I did I was going to try it. YOU HAVE DONE A BEAUTIFUL JOB. I love it!/Lillian

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thank you, Lillian....you should give it a try...I think this method is a good one...still looking for a "better" one though...

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by robertahilde 05 Mar 2017

Wow... it's Wonderful!
Hugs, Roberta

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thank you, Roberta...

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by shirley124 05 Mar 2017

I love it. I hope to something similar in the future. Hugs

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thanks, Shirley...you should try it...

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by grobin 05 Mar 2017

Looks great.

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thank you.

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by toogie 05 Mar 2017

Great job Kim! That is a lot of stitching and I love the stippling, too. What size are your blocks?

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thanks, Toogie...the blocks are almost 9" square...

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by worthy 05 Mar 2017

Awesome quilt. Sounds like a great method

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thank you...

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by noah 05 Mar 2017

Another great one*****hugs

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thanks, Carolyn...

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by jrob Moderator 05 Mar 2017

You may be pleased, but I'm Thrilled. It's Wonderful!

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thank you, Jerrilyn...I do think of all the ways that I have joined ITH blocks, this method gives more the look and feel of a traditional quilt than some of the others.

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by highlandermom 05 Mar 2017

Love this way. Very cute quilt.

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thanks, "Mom"...

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by carolpountney 05 Mar 2017

.beautiful love the colours

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thanks Carol...these were "leftovers" from another baby quilt I did a couple of years ago...had to use two fabrics for the backs of the blocks as I did not have enough of either one of them to make all of the quilt squares...

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by crafter2243 Moderator 05 Mar 2017

Your quilt turned out so well and I love the system of joining you used. Job well done.

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thank you Angie...

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by asterixsew Moderator 05 Mar 2017

What an amazing achievement. I just love all the information that you have given us as to how you have created this. Please how long has it taken to make and have you made it for a specific person? It looks like its taken quite a time to make. Congratulations

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thanks, Caroline...hmmm, how much time did it take...overall with designing and digitizing, stitching the blocks and figuring out how I wanted to put it together, selecting and cutting fabrics and batting...figuring out how I could add a full border and then digitize the designs for them to fit the length and width of the borders...longer than it should have if someone had written the instructions out for me...that's for sure...so...all in all two weeks almost to the day. The blocks are almost 9" square, the side borders are just under 5" and the top border is about 3"...so it actually is a pretty good size quilt for a baby...It was not made for a specific person...I only made a quilt as I did not want the 8 animal blocks to go to waste as they were done for my digitizing class...these were my test stitchouts...then I needed to make a "filler" block as there were not enough blocks for a quilt...that is when I designed the Jungle Palm block...

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by sonjapotgieter 05 Mar 2017

Fantastic quilt you have made!!!!Well done..

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thank you, Sonja...

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by jeanfoz 05 Mar 2017

Love it, you are so clever, Jean xx

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thank you, Jean.

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by pennifold 05 Mar 2017

Well done Kim, interesting formation. I've yet to try an ITH quilt. Thanks for informing us on how you did this method. ❤️ Chris

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thanks Chris...as for the formation, I only digitized 8 animal baby blocks for my class and did not want the to go to waste...so I digitized the Jungle Palm as a filler block to insert between them in order to get a quilt instead of a wall hanging! I do think that this joining method of ITH blocks gives the look and feel of a traditional quilt though.

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by pennyhal2 05 Mar 2017

What a fabulous quilt! I love ME combined with quilting. I like how you stippled around the designs making them stand out nicely. I think ITH quilting is a little tricky when it comes to joining blocks, but worth your effort. Thanks for the details on how you did this. It helps me a lot!

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 06 Mar 2017

Thanks, Penny...I agree about ITH block joining...there are several methods...some I do not like at all...this one, however, does have the look and feel of a "traditional" quilt.

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