Thursday, January 14, 2016

tensley's 4th birthday quilt (& fabric scrap giveaway)

As promised, I’m back to (finally) share the quilt I made for my daughter’s 4th birthday (which was last April).  So without further delay, here is Tensley’s 4th Birthday Quilt ::

 

Tensley requested a “purple quilt” for her birthday.  I decided to add in some darker shades of pink and a few aqua fabrics.  Below is a picture of my original fabric pull.  I ended up culling the navy blues, yellows, and greens and I added in more dark purples.


My inspiration came from a picture I saw on Instagram.  (One of the drawbacks of Instagram is there is no good way to link to pictures you find there, especially if the person you follow has a private account.)  You can find a tutorial for the quilt block on Cluck Cluck Sew’s website.  I churned out 56 blocks in no time.

 

(Full disclosure :: I had a clumsy moment one afternoon and spilled Dr. Pepper on 28 of the blocks!  After a few choice words, and many hours of attempting to remove the stains using every method & concoction under the sun, I finally gave up on trying to save those blocks and had to make 28 more! Lesson learned there.)

 

I found the backing fabric at my LQS.  The colors match the fabrics in the quilt top perfectly, and there was just enough on the bolt.  I used Cut to Pieces’ tutorial to make the quilt back out of regular width (44”) yardage.  It is so fast & so easy!

 

Kim at my LQS did the long-arm quilting.  She used a pink-purple variegated thread that was perfect for the quilt.  


The quilt measured 84” x 96” before washing.  I worried that it wasn’t going to be wide enough or long enough for her full size bed, but it is actually wider & longer than it needs to be, even after washing.  I guess if she ever gets a queen size bed, and this quilt is still around, it will still fit on her bed.  

 

For binding, I used a dark purple fabric with a slightly lighter purple polka dot.  Perfect for hiding dirt. ;)  And polka dots, what’s not to love?

 



I have quite a bit of leftover fabric from making this quilt, so if anyone wants it, just leave me a comment & I will enter you into the giveaway.  (US only please since I am paying shipping.) I will randomly pick a winner on 1/21 at 5 pm CST.   Giveaway is now closed & the winner has been emailed.

Quilt Stats:
Fabric:
          Quilt top - lots of various purple, pink, and a few aqua fabrics
          Backing - purple / pink tile pattern fabric
          Binding - dark purple with lighter purple polka dots
Pattern: tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew
Dimensions: 84" x 96"
Started: January 2015
Finished: March 2015
Quilted by: Kim Barrett @ Quilt-N-Kaboodle
Made for: Tensley for her 4th Birthday

41 comments:

  1. I love it! I love the colors and the block!! Maribeth617@yahoo.com

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  2. Your quilt turned out beautifully ! That's too bad about the spill. I always have a thermos mug of tea on the go in my sewing room and have a spot where I put it that is kinda out of the way. There has been the odd time where I have had a close call but because it has a lid on it I have a split second of grace.

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  3. Beautiful quilt. My niece loves purple and pink - hope I win. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  4. I'm sure your daughter loves her quilt! It is adorable!
    Scraps? I would love some scraps! I am making a scrappy quilt for my daughters teacher and the colors would be perfect!

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  5. Really pretty quilt! I could use more pink/purple as I have all boys - so not much pink in my stash! kathyburley@comcast.net

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  6. Beautiful! Love the fussy cutting in the middle. My 3 and a half year old girl would love this - purple is her favourite colour (this week!)

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  7. Beautiful - I have a little girl in mind who would love these colors!

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  8. Lovley stars i fantastic colours!

    Dollandesign

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  9. Your fabric colors are fabulous! I would love the scraps, so thank you for the chance to win them.

    Valerie Wildman

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  10. I love purple and I love that quilt! Thanks for the opportunity to win. chocolatewiskers@aol.com

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  11. Love the purples and fussy-cut star centers!!! I know of quite a few little girls that would love this quilt, your little one is quite lucky :)

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  12. Lovely quilt. I love the colors of it, nicely compliment the star blocks.

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  13. My granddaughters love pink and purple too. Great quilt. Darlene dhoctor@sbcglobal.net

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  14. Beautiful quilt! Lucky little girl. I love purple and my motto is " you can never have too much purple fabric"!

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  15. I live in Canada so don't enter me in your draw, but I wanted to say that this is a lovely quilt for a little girl who loves purple. Lovely job with the quilting as well.

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  16. When you have a stain that does not want to come out, if you will soak it in a bucket with some Biz it will usually come out. I just throw it in the bucket and leave it for a week or so. You might still be able to try this on your blocks.

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  17. What awesome colors and pattern. I'll have to keep the pattern in mind when I start a quilt for my daughter...sometime in the future :) Thanks for the chance to win the scraps.

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  18. Love this quilt, great colors, I bet it will be around for amlong, long time, I'd love the scraps. I have a lot of little girls in my life, and have a lot of baby quilts to make this year. Tami (izemmom@gmail.com ) Thanks for the opportunity!

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  19. I love this purple quilt! I followed your link to Cluck, Cluck, Sew and will be starting a QOV quilt using this pattern! Thank you for the link!

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  20. The quilt is lovely! I love your choice of colors!

    Thank you for the chance at winning. greycatquilts [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  21. Lovely colours. Lovely fussy cutting.

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  22. Love this star quilt! Great job with all the purples and fussy cut centers! I would love to win your scraps :)

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  23. Fabulous...I really had not considered purple until now.Hope I win.

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  24. It's so bright and cheerful! And very purple!

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  25. I love the periwinkle! I find a good one is hard to track down. Sad you had to remake blocks. I had a mishap with paper and scrapbooking once.

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  26. Very fun. I have very few purple fabrics so your scraps would be great. Oh, and sorry to hear read the Dr. Pepper spill. Bummer.

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  27. Gorgeous quilt! Of course stars and purples are my absolute favorites. Would love to see how many scraps you generated since you had to make extras. So hard when something like that happens. I always manage to make a hole somewhere after the quilt is done! It will last her for a while. :- ) Thanks for sharing. K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

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  28. Your daughter is one lucky girl. The quilt is delightful and unique. Your choice of fabrics and the layout make this a work of art!

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  29. I'd love to win as my little gal turns 4 this year! She loves all things quilty & loves to sew with me! :)
    Thanks!
    Erica

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  30. What a fun quilt. My 17 year old daughter saw this and said, "I'd like a quilt with a unicorn in it mom".

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  31. I love your purple quilt. Very sweet. What did you end up doing with the Dr. Peppered blocks? I'd be curious to see if they can be transformed to something good...

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  32. Maybe consider making a pillow case and washing the finished case using a full cycle in the washer. Jump in with the knowledge that you may be wasting your efforts. If it works, though, your daughter will have a matching pillow case. The quilt is darling and I'm sure she is thrilled with it.
    The fabric is stunning but please don't consider me for the giveaway as I have enough fabrics already (yes!). I just wanted to tell you how pretty the quilt is and suggest that you try saving the blocks.

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  33. I absolutely love the colors including the purples,pinks and greens. I am homeschooled and would like to make another quilt and piano bench cover. Thanks for offering the giveaway!! Kstatepurplecat2@gmail.com

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  34. You did a beautiful job on Tensley's quilt! I would love to have your left overs, my girls would love the colors. Heather
    hbrooke_ski@hotmail.com

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  35. Love the quilt. Thanks for the chance to win the scraps. ( I am in Canada but my daughter lives in Washington)
    rkb60@hotmail.com

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  36. Its a lovely finish! I try to not bring drinks into my sewing room, but it happens...

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  37. beautiful quilt! I would love to have the leftover fabrics. I am sure they would make a sweet baby quilt!!

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  38. What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for a chance to win.

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