January 04, 2017

Isaac's Friendship Galaxy Quilt


I have a fun baby quilt finish to share this week, my first finish of the year. In fact, the year was only 10 1/2 hours old when I finished stitching on the binding 😊 Hopefully that means I'll have a productive year with lots of finishes!

This Friendship Galaxy quilt is for little baby Isaac, our great-nephew. (Want to suddenly feel really old? Just realize you are a great-aunt and poof, there you go, suddenly old!) I had hoped to have pictures of Isaac on his quilt, since I was supposed to get to meet him on Monday, but sickness and bad weather prevented it, so I'll have to share those pictures another time.
Friendship Galaxy Baby Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
This is the second Friendship Galaxy quilt I've made (you can see the one I made for Judah here). I wanted to make it a second time because a) it's a fun quilt and b) the background fabric I chose for Judah's quilt was quite busy and I wanted to see how the quilt would look with a simpler background. I really like the simpler background, and now I want to try making it with a light background and darker stars...so many possibilities!

If you'd like to explore the possibilities too, the pattern is available in my Etsy and Payhip shops, and includes three other size options.

I made one giant friendship star to put on the back of the quilt.
Friendship Galaxy Baby Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I love how the simple stippling with stars looks on the back. The thread I used really blended in with the background fabric on the front, but it stands out better on the mottled grey backing fabric.
Stippling and starts free motion quilting | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
When I went to make the binding, I searched for the piece of background fabric I *know* I have and that I had set aside for the binding, but I couldn't find it. Since I thought I'd soon be gifting the quilt, I really wanted to get it finished, so I went with solid black instead. Turns out, I really like the solid black!
Friendship Galaxy Baby Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Fun fact - we have a lot of snow already this year. So much snow that walking across my backyard for these pictures was nearly impossible as I was sinking to my knees with every step. It's hard to pick out the depth, but here's one of my footprints.
Snowy footprint | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
What's a quilt blogger to do? I needed pictures and there's snow everywhere, so I headed back to the house and got my snowshoes 😊 I'm sure the neighbors thought I was crazy, snowshoeing back and forth across the yard, stringing a rope between trees and hanging up quilts, but hey, I got my pictures!
Snowshoes | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
As some of you may know, I struggle with photography sometimes and I had already tried taking pictures of another quilt in the snow and the pictures were horrible. Really grey and dingy looking and not at all what I wanted. After a little reading about taking pictures in snow I discovered that using the flash setting on your camera for the white balance (not actually using the flash) can fix some of the dinginess in snow pictures. I gave it a try and the pictures in this post are the result. Still not perfect, especially because it was around 3 in the afternoon when I took the pictures, so there were lots of shadows, but they are much brighter than before. The snow and the quilt both look less awful than in my other pictures, so I'm pleased with the progress. Since this looks like it will be a very snowy winter, it's good to know I can still get decent quilt pictures...so long as I wear my snowshoes, of course!

Here's the quilt, one more time 😊
Friendship Galaxy Baby Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Have you finished anything yet this year? If you have a blog post about it, let me know in the comments so I can check it out 😊 And don't forget to get your copy of the Friendship Galaxy quilt pattern from my Etsy or Payhip shop!

10 comments:

  1. It's a very pretty quilt. I like the stars on the non busy background. Thanks for the tips about photography in snow.

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  2. Congratulations on such an early finish in 2017, that is super exciting! I love the way the background is muted from a distance but has great detail and interest up close.

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  3. I don't think there is a better way to start off the new year than with a quilt finish. I think I like this one even better than your first one. And I will have to file that snow tip away in my head. We should be seeing the white stuff coming down anytime now.

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  4. I think it's funny that you have so much snow, and we haven't got any. We got lots of rain though. But I hear there's snow coming in a few days. I think this version of your pattern, and I think the black binding was a good call.

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  5. I think your pictures look great! What a lucky grand-nephew. I have been a great aunt for six years. I guess I don't feel so old because my youngest is younger than my grand-nephew. :)

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  6. Its a very nice quilt! I also had a great nephew this year. Making quilts for a whole new generation is so much fun!

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  7. This is such a fun quilt! The background lets all the colors stand out. I do like the black binding too! How exciting to have your first finish under your belt...it promises to be a productive year if you keep that up!

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  8. What a fun happy quilt! Love the back too!

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  9. A very fun quilt, perfect for a little guy. I love your photography story. It's what works that counts.

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  10. Yay, you for gaflumping around out there in the snow to get your pictures. It was definitely worth it to get those pretty pictures of your beautiful quilt. I really like your choice of background with those bright stars.

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