Friday, October 26, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Blast Off! Rocket Ship Baby Quilt

This is my first time participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side, and I'm so excited!

I decided to share a super-fun rocket ship quilt.  It's one of my favorite quilts that I've made recently, because it combines wonky piecing, applique, and an outer space theme all in one vibrant, colorful quilt.

Sorry, I don't have pics of my creative process.  I'm a blogging newbie, and I made this quilt before I started taking tutorial pics.

First, I made the wonky panels, sewing strips to a muslin base.  I used a variety of space-themed, bright fabrics from my stash.  After I put the top together, I quilted a few star shapes.  Yes, you read it right, I basted and started quilting before I attached the applique.

I hand-cut the applique and attached it by machine, leaving raw edges, which I think adds to the fun/casual feel of this quilt.  The bonus of adding the applique at this step is that the applique stitching becomes part of the quilting, and it makes a picture on the backing.  I also did some fun angled quilting on the outer borders.

 I used the same outer-space fabric for the backing and binding, and I attached it by machine (I don't do much handwork.  That's why I have three sewing machines!)
Name:  Blast Off!
Quilt Measurements 37 x 32 inches 
Quilted by me, on my home sewing machine
Best category – Home Machine Quilted, Scrap Quilt, Baby Quilt
Quilt Festival entry #207


  1. That's so happy and energetic! I would have loved a quilt like that when my boys were babies.

  2. What an adorable quilt and great job with the applique!

  3. Such a fun happy quilt! I am working on a space quilt for my nephew right now.

    1. I love the rocket ship themes, they're perfect for little boys :)

  4. Love rocket ships! Good for little girls too! So much fun, with the wonky piecing on the sides, it's fabulous.

    1. yes, it would be a fun theme for girls,too! There just seems to always be more cute things for little girls than for little boys, so I'm always on the lookout for fun boy ideas.


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