Thursday, September 8, 2011

Retro Nine Patch all finished

Now that Lyn has posted all the quilts for the showcase of her Retro Nine Patch, I figured I'd better share my finished product with you.

I'm rather pleased with the outcome.

I decided to 'risk it and do an all over stipple quilting pattern.  I was a bit skeptical at first of quilting over the top of the embroidery but in the end it was easy, I just had to be careful around the lazy daisy and chain stitches as they got caught on the open-toe foot.  I'm rather please that I did quilt over the embroidery, because I would like this to be a doll quilt for my daughter but was then worried about the embroidery getting snagged all the time.  It's pretty much safe and sound under all that quilting now.

I ended up using a clear thread because any colour I chose would have shown up on the blocks or the sashings, and I didn't want that with stipple quilting.
I just added the single cream border because I didn't want to make it too big, but I loved the open, fresh feeling which Lyn achieved on her tablecloth.

All the fabrics came from my stash, except for the cream for the blocks.  Consequently the backing doesn't really match the front that well, but the binding works for both sides and I don't think the dollies are going to mind.

I had originally thought to try my hand a decorative quilting, with flower designs on the corner stones etc, but lost confidence.  Maybe next time.

Since this is a doll quilt, I figured I'd better try it out, so here it is 'in action'.  This also gives you an idea of the size since I did it half-scale to Lyn's instructions.

Don't forget to go and check out the other Retro Nine Patch quilts in Lyn's showcase.


  1. That is one terrific quilt! I was so surprised to see the picture with the doll. I would never have guessed it was so small. The detail and accuracy of your work are admirable.

  2. What a beautiful quilt. Well Done.

  3. Such a cute little quilt. What a terrific job. I love the combination between the basket blocks and the embroidered blocks, so retro.

  4. I am so glad to have a chance to see an embroidered quilt with all over quilting. I keep wrestling with how to quilt that type of quilt. Yours came out so pretty, I won't hesitate to try stippling my next embroidered quilt!

  5. You did a beautiful job Karen, I love it - the stippling looks great!

  6. Hello Karen, your miniature quilt is gorgeous....thankyou for taking the time to be part of the bom....Warm Regards, Lyn

  7. love it Karen ..the fabrics you used are striking,cheers Vickie

  8. You did a really lovely job on this little quilt Karen, well done!!! The stippling looks great too!!!!



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