Saturday, May 14, 2011

Climbing Curves - not destined to be a pattern


I've saved this quilt to show you for Blogger's Quilt Festival. "Climbing Curves" is a bright little quilt that I think would suit a baby boy or girl equally well.  I used Saffron Craig's adorable Beetle Bugs range, and the inspiration for the pattern came from her fabric, Snails and Ladders.


I started off with a bunch of sketches of straight ladders with lots of bugs climbing up the sides.


But then, after the curved piecing on the back of this quilt turned out so well, I decided to stretch myself with some curved piecing of the ladders.


It was quite tricky (for me), and I had to unpick and try different techniques before I was happy. There was still a little bit of puckering, but nothing the iron couldn't take care of. Curved piecing isn't difficult on smaller cuts of fabric (like in my Sea Views or Sherbet Dreams patterns), but on large pieces its easy to get out of hand resulting in lots of puckering. That's why I decided that this wouldn't become a pattern. I would hate for someone to buy my pattern, and then have difficulty following the technique and not be happy with the result. If I have time though, I might write a tutorial sharing what I did, so you can give it a try if you like.


Originally, I planned to applique bugs climbing up the sides of the ladders,  but when I auditioned the bugs it looked too busy to me. I liked the clean line of the curves by themselves. So I opted to hand quilt a few bugs and I really like the overall effect (you can find my hand quilting tutorial here). I tried using a Hera Marker to mark the line of the bugs and it worked perfectly! It was easy to see the line and there was no mark to remove at the end.

  


I think a cute quilt deserves a cute model - Grace wears it well don't you think!


Thanks for visiting - be sure to check out all the other quilts at Bloggers Quilt Festival.

47 comments:

  1. It's beautiful, Kate! And so is your babe.

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  2. Absolutely beautiful, Kate - I do hope you find time at some point to do a tutorial - I love this and surely would like to try

    And your little angel is growing! How quickly they go from a wrinkly bundle to smiling gurggling giggly mini people! She looks so very happy - you must be doing it right! Sending you all lots of love from the wet & windy UK xx

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  3. Oh this is darling! I totally love it!

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  4. So adorable!!! I mean, it's hard to be cuter than your little Grace, but this quilt sure is lovely. Thanks for sharing that gorgeous picture of Grace, adorable babies always make me smiley :)

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  5. Yep the quilt is so fantastic!! Grace is looking so content and adorable in that photo, I can't wait for more cuddles XOXO

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  6. It's beautiful. Perfect for your little lady.

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  7. What a fun quilt, I love hearing about the evolution of it.

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  8. What a cute quilt, Kate! Thanks for sharing your process, and also the reason for no new pattern. Love seeing Gracie, too - she's such a cutie!!

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  9. yes, please make a tutorial. I love this quilt so much! Great post for Quilt Festival!

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  10. Great quilt. Gorgeous model :)

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  11. Sweet, sweet, sweet .... Quilt and model! Love the hand quilting, curves and the pink cheeks.

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  12. Now that is a fun quilt. Love it Kate. But then I am your biggest fan! :)

    Love to Grace and you too.

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  13. Oh how I just love this quilt! The curves are FANTASTIC! I'm glad to see another SLP like myself finds time to have a little quilting fun! I would love a tutorial on this!!! :)

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  14. Gorgeous Kate! Great to read your design decisions! Perfect of course!

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  15. What a beautiful quilt, I love those curves and your hand stitching!

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  16. Grace wears it very well, indeed. Another lovely quilt. :)

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  17. It is beautiful! I love the fabric range and I would love to see how you did the curves.

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  18. Hi to Grace the cutie. I really like the design. Curves freak me just a little. I suspect i do not have the patience to tackle them.

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  19. I'm not really a clucky person, but Grace is just so cute!!

    I love the quilt too. The curves and the hand quilted bug silhouettes; very very clever. :)

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  20. This is a beautiful quilt - love the hand quilting!
    I love the movement in it!

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  21. what a gorgeous quilt, and would sign up for a tutorial or quilt along for sure! I love the wavy effect and it's calming effect. and the quilting: perfect! Thank you so much for sharing and so nice to meet you, Kate!

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  22. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful. I love that it's not a straight ladder and the red border stitching really makes the ladders pop.

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  23. Way to take on curves! It looks fantastic! And I love that it's hand quilted, the stitching is great.

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  24. Beautiful quilt. I love the stitching!

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  25. when i saw the curved piecing you did on the sherbet pips quilt, i was definitely inspired to try it, too! i didn't follow a tutorial, i just kind of came up with my own way of doing it - don't know if it's the right way or not, but it worked for me! but it was only on a pretty narrow table runner, so i didn't have to do a lot of it. this quilt is awesome! i definitely want to work with it some more. and yeah, mine puckered a little, too, but the quilting fixed it.

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  26. Kate, this is a really cute quilt, and Grace looks adorable on it.

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  27. This is sooo adorable. A tutorial would be great - a good reason for me to get over my fear of hand quilting!

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  28. Your Quilts are always Stunning and this one is no exception!

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  29. Great quilt, wonderful model :-)

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  30. I love the curves :)
    The quilt looks great and Grace is a perfect model.
    And it would be great to see your tips on piecing such big curves, I only ever tried small ones.

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  31. Really, really cute and clever!!! Wonderful material and your little bugs are so cute. What a creative person you are! Darling little grace wears it so well. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  32. The curves elevate it from ordinary to extra-ordinary.
    I like it.

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  33. Great quilt! Love the hand stitching accents.

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  34. It's absolutely fabulous Kate as is the model. I adore your hand quilting and the bugs are just perfect.

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  35. Ohhhh!!!! I LOVE it!!! It looks so great for a babyquilt and the handquilting in red matches perfectly!

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  36. Sorry you couldn't make a pattern out of this one, but it turned out amazing. The hand stitches are sooo cute!!!

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  37. That is a sweet, sweet quilt and your stitching really makes it!!

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  38. What a darling baby! Super quilt, very original, and great colors

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  39. Adorable! I just love the wonky columns, and your stitching is divine, love the little bug bumps! Really sweet! Your quilt design is refreshingly original, and makes me smile :)

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  40. Love the quilt and your daring curved piecing. I may try it even without a pattern.

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  41. beautiful baby .. I love his work

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  42. Love the curves. And the story behind it. Hard to tell by looking at this quilt that you had any trouble with the curves. Oh, and your hand quilting is amazing!

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  43. Beautiful quilt and the handstitching is perfect!

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  44. Love what you did with the quilting. Very creative. Great quilt. Thanks for showcasing it for us.

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  45. I love the look of the quilt. Such a good idea to do the curved lines.

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