Friday, April 8, 2011

Pattern Review: Carrot Cake by Barbara Brandenburg

 Sewing and Gifting in one this time. I made this quilt for my mom for Mother's day, but naturally it will sit in the shop for a while before she actually gets it.  Here is the original pattern:

Here is my finished product:

 I love how this quilt turned out with Moda's Punctuation fabric line. It gives it a very vintage feel.  I always love a quilt that is layer cake compatible and this one is just that! yay!  It really didn't take to long to throw it together, although I always seem to forget how much time it takes to sew around each appliqued block. I was still in St. George when I made the top of this quilt and wasn't using my own sewing machine. I usually use monofiliment (clear thread) to sew a zig zag around each applique, but it wasn't cooperating with said machine, so I used a neutral thread instead. I must say, it gave it a charming old fashioned feel.  
I was nervous about doing a wavy border, but it wasn't any harder that a regular square border. In fact, that's just what it is. You put the border on square, quilt as desired, then use a great template included in the pattern to trace your scallops. You cut it out and bind as usual (it's kinda nice too because there are no corners).
Oh and I almost forgot, when you make a quilt with a wavy or scalloped border, you must cut your binding on the bias. Not sure what that means? stay tuned, I'm going to post a tutorial on how to cut your binding on the bias very soon :)


Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

It's beautiful Annie! I'm too terrified to try applique, though I've just discovered the Dear Jane quilt and am just intrigued enough to maybe learn how.

Annie @ Originate and Renovate said...

Seriously Trish, With the awesome piecing you've done, applique would be a cinch!

Annie @ Originate and Renovate said...

by the way, If you have any desire to send me your quilt, I would love to Long Arm quilt it for you (pro bono, of course) It would just be stippling, but I know you are busy and you want it done before your baby gets here.

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Oh Annie--just saw your comment. Thank you so much for the offer. I've actually started the process of quilting it--probably won't finish before baby comes (any day now!) but again thank you so much for your offer!