Monday, March 15, 2010

I'm on a Roll!

The baby shower was yesterday, so I can show you the 'Rubber Duckie' quilt now. I finished it on Saturday - just in the nick of time. I think it came out very cute. The new Mom and Dad loved it! I quilted in the ditch and stippled (free-motion quilted) around the ducks. It measures about 41inches by 49inches.

Because it was only about 40 inches wide I figured a piece of fabric the length of the quilt top should be enough for a backing. I thought fabric was around 43-44 inches wide. But I guess like everything else, they are making it smaller. My backing fabric was exactly 40 inches wide from selvage to selvage. It just wasn't enough to cover the back of this quilt. So I decided to piece it. I had made an extra row of duckie blocks for the front, but decided that it would make the quilt too long. So I used those blocks on the back, piecing an inch of the backing fabric between each one. I really like the backing material. It has little ducks on it, but after seeing it on the back of the quilt, I felt that it was kind of boring, so I am really glad I did a bit of 'back art' to give it some interest.

I also crocheted the upcoming baby a baby afghan. It is done in the same 'I love scraps' pattern that I used to make the one for my mother (you can see it here) a few weeks ago - the one she wanted to give away to the new Mom and Dad. I wanted her to keep the one I had made for her and offered to make a new one for the baby. She wasn't able to come to the shower, but this way she was there in spirit.

And can you believe it? My cactus is still flowering! See that little pink flower in front. And it has a few more buds on it too.

15 comments:

Pat said...

Both of these are lovely, Hetty. I love how the duckies and their companion blocks are waddling down the middle of the back of the quilt!!! And that scrappy crocheted quilt is wonderful...I loved it when you first showed the one you made your mom and this one is great, too.

Kaye said...

The duckie quilt is adorable and so is the scrappy croched one. Guess our cactus came from the same family!! I have a pink one and a white one and both just recently flowered not once but twice. Whats going oin ????

Cara said...

That baby quilt is too ADORABLE. And the back is just more so.
I'm always in awe of crocketers/knitters. Your afghan looks so cozy.

Exuberant Color said...

That quilt turned out so cute. Blue and yellow is such a fresh combination and is sure to bring smiles for years.

the dutch purple rabbit said...

i love them both very much. i still have my baby blancket and i think this one is gonna be there also for a long long time.

nynke

em's scrapbag said...

Darling ducky quilt. I love the pieced back.

Vicki said...

The rubber ducky qult is so cute. I'm glad the parents loved it as well. Fabric use to be 43 - 44 inches wide, some still are but some are getting skimpier.

Diane said...

My goodness, you have been busy lately. What a cute ducky quilt and a cosy blanket for the baby shower. The crocus in your header are surely a good sign that spring is nearly here!

LizzieJane said...

Wonderful Hetty! You certainly are on a roll. I really love the ducky quilt. It is just beautiful.
x

W. Latane Barton said...

Hetty, the quilt is so gorgeous. That baby is gonna love it. So, of course, that makes my choice so much easier. Guess it's the duck one. Now, to get busy.

nicolette said...

The ducky quilt is gorgeous Hetty! Love the quilting! The ducks and pinwheel blocks pup out so beautifully!

Rose Marie said...

Love, love, love your ducky quilt and what you did with the back! Lovely baby afghan, too!

Barb said...

Your ducky quilt is awesome!!!

Quilter Kathy said...

Your ducky quilt is adorable!

Simone de Klerk said...

It's great visiting your blog! I just love that baby afghan. Never seen something like it!