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Backyard Baby Quilt

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Category Quilting
Type Quilt
Style Traditional, Casual
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What was your source for this quilting project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Little Buddy

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What materials did you use? 'Backyard Baby' by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics

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What are you most proud of? I was looking to make a quilt for my sister's baby and I fell in love with the Backyard Baby line of fabric. All the bugs and snakes and things managed to look as cute as if they were kittens and puppies. This is only the second quilt I've ever done and the first I've cut all the pieces myself or tried free-motion quilting with.I soon realised my beginner's free-motion skills weren't going to be up to what I was originally planning in time but when I discovered the zigzag free-motion stitch on my machine it all came together. To cover up my current lack of skill I went with a variegated thread and a deliberately wonky zigzag stitch to outline and highlight certain features of the fabric print and I'm really happy with how it turned out. You can even see in the finished quilt how I was learning as I go. :DI'm also really happy with my decision to bind it with the orange. It allowed the tiny bits of orange in the fabric to stand out and was the perfect finishing touch..

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? You never know where you'll find the right information or inspiration when you think you're stuck!For me, while I used mostly skills learned in Wendy Butler Bern's Machine Quilting: Free-Motion And More class, I also found a handy little tip in Meg McElwee's Sewing With Knits class about always making sure you stop with your needle on the right-hand-side of your stitch when pivoting with a zigzag stitch that pretty much saved my binding.

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