Baby Seuss by Juline

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Top Assembled
Started:
2013-07-17T00:00:00Z
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Tutorial:
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Description

I needed a fast project with a brighter color palette, so I dug out my Seuss fabrics to make a baby quilt for a friend. The center block is one of several Seuss panels I have. It measures 9.5x11. I'm still debating what I'll use on the back -- flannel or Minky?

1/14/14...I've decided to scrap this project. I'm not happy about it AT ALL, but I've gotten advice from a couple different LQS people, and have decided it's not worth all the work it would take to repair it sufficiently enough to gift. 

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Comments

Mymble

Really cute- and I hope you use minky:) for the back!

Capetowngirl

Lovely. I used Minky on the back of the baby blanket I made. I think it's cuddlier than flannel

Tracy

What a great quilt for a baby. Dr. Seuss just makes a person smile. :)

Juline

Mymble , Capetowngirl , and Tracy , thank you. Dr. Seuss is my absolute FAVE. It's the one children's print that I can't get enough of, but I decided I'd been hoarding it long enough. I'm going to shop for backing today, and I'm pretty sure I'm going with Minky. I've never used it, but I figure this size project is the best for my first try.

Mymble

Juline Yay! I like Dr. Seuss a lot too! I've done 2 baby quilts with Minky and it wasn't too big a deal- just baste a lot and go slow- shouldn't have any problems:)))) - really is an adorable quilt!

HawkFan

I too have a hoard of Seuss fabrics. Some day...you're inspiring me to pull them out.

Skynme

Too cute love all the little fussy cut pieces. Great job on this...I vote minky...I know its expensive but its so nice. I actually have a Seuss minky that's white with red and black circles that would look really cute with this.

Juline

It was 40% off at Jo-Ann's today, Skynme , so a yard only cost me $6.50, and I have enough left over for a ribbon tab blanket or something (which is what I was originally going to make, but it kind of got out of hand).

Juline

Carolmarie , I got them a couple years ago at my LQS in Northern Washington State, but I'm pretty sure I've seen them here at Fabric Depot in Oregon. I think? I've also gotten some at Fat Quarter Shop.

True

This is really adorable...love how you used such a specialized fabric! Too cute:-)

Juline

Capetowngirl , Mymble , and Skynme , did you use batting or flannel with your Minky, or go without?

Skynme

Juline I used batting because I liked the weight of the quilt but you don't have to if you want a really light weight blanket. I also spray basted my minky to the batting and then pinned all three layers to keep it in place.

Capetowngirl

Juline went without. Was really easy to use. I found it didn't move at all. Just basted and quilted

HawkFan

Can you turn under where it has frayed and hand stitch then stabilize on the back with iron-on (very light weight) interfacing. You'd have to tuck in all of the stray threads as you hand-stitch. It's almost like hand-applique

Juline

HawkFan , too much of the fabric has unraveled, so the seams would be extremely wavy. I don't think I have any choice but to take it apart, which I won't be doing. It now resides at the bottom of my "someday-I-might-maybe-fix-this pile."

Rookie mistake. I'll never wash another quilt top by itself.

Caribousmom

I'm sorry to hear about your disaster. I think to avoid in the future, wash your fabrics before you piece (I think they unraveled because they weren't stabilized with quilting and the seams were exposed). A really bummer. The quilt is so cute...

Skynme

Juline I'm so sorry! I know how it feels to have a quilt ruined when washing. My friends B-day present got completely ruined just this month...I was devastated.

HawkFan

I'm so sorry Juline . It's hard to have your work ruined

Mymble

Oh Juline- I am so sorry to hear-yes, I think I'd tuck it away for a while too- just to not have to see it for a bit- but maybe it can be one of those projects you take out when it's cold an miserable out and you simply need something to do- "Blizzard on the way- a perfect opportunity to fix the Seuss disaster "

HawkFan

Could you applique some funky Seussian style "letters" (say from On Beyond Zebra) or shapes over the frayed spots. You could stabilize it then hide it with applique. You might still have to fix border areas but might be able to salvage the rest. It might be a bit busy though.

Juline

I've been thinking about that, HawkFan . Funny thing, the only other time I've damaged a quilt top after it was completed was when I made a baby quilt (https://secure.flickr.com/photos/julineb/6167292641/in/set-72157627754170122) for the same person a few years ago. I clipped the top with scissors somehow, and I "repaired" it with an applique heart. It might work in a few places in this quilt, maybe if I use solid color shapes, like circles/squares/triangles?

HawkFan

It might be a challenge keeping it from getting too busy but simple shapes in solid colors would work and you'd at least salvage the quilt and the time you've already put in to it. I've also seen some people make "busy" work really well.

HawkFan

Forgot to add, the heart appliques look perfect on that baby quilt. You'd never know it wasn't intentional

Charwirfs

Hi, I am one of your followers and just popped in to see what's new and found your project in distress. Oh yeah...I know the feeling. I love Hawk Fans reply. Over the top appliqué saves many a frayed seams for me. I think it is a good method. Are you going to try it? I really think you can save this cute quilt. Good luck with it!

Charwirfs

The geometric shapes in solid colors is a stellar idea. See, you had the fix in your mind all along! Hand applique is what I use to fix this particular boo boo.

True

Oh I am so sorry!! And love the idea of trying applique...and so agree that other quilt the hearts are perfect. You have a real eye for making your quilts...I think you can save it and make it work. But a little time might also help;-). Hugs...

Juline

Thanks for the words of encouragement, HawkFan , Charwirfs , and True . The culprit seems to be mainly the red border, so I removed most of that. I'm going to piece in more red (after I prewash the fabric!), then if I have any other holes or weak spots I'll use a little applique. The challenge will be piecing it back together without entirely dismantling it. I'm going to attempt it.

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