Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Baby Talk x 2

Is there a baby quilt on your to-do list? Whether the little bundle of joy is a boy or a girl, Michele Crawford of Flower Box Quilts has a pattern in The Quilter magazine that we think you'll love! It uses our Baby Talk collection--fussy cut squares of sweet baby items, like rocking horses, rubber duckies, and rattles, and easy one-block piecing for a quick finish. 

Here's "Baby Talk" in blue/green:

"Baby Talk" designed by Michele Crawford and quilted by Kay Kimball;
featured in The Quilter magazine April/May 2014

and in pink/lavender:

And here's what Michele has to say about her design:

Q. Can you talk about the versatility of the main print you used for the borders and in the blocks?
Michele: I fussy cut designs from the main print as the corner squares of the quilt block. I like to use a border print in quilt blocks and then "frame" the quilt center with the outer border.

Q. Can you tell us about the block design? The frame around it really enhances the basic four-patch.
Michele: The magazine editor asked me to design a quick and easy template-free block for this quilt, and I thought the framed border offered a different look to a simple four-patch block.

Q. We have to ask—blue/green or pink/lavender?
Michele: I do like the blue/green colorway best.

Q. Any tips for fussy cutting the squares?
Michele: I cut a 3-1/2" square from template plastic and then positioned it on the border fabric to see how the design would look after being fussy cut.

Q. Tell us about the machine quilting.
Michele: Since the quilt design is so angular, I asked my machine quilter, Kay Kimball, to stitch an allover circular type design to "soften" the look with white thread.

To see the entire Baby Talk collection, click here.
To purchase the kit for either colorway and learn more about Michele, click here.
To find The Quilter magazine, click here

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