I finished the two baby quilts yesterday. I admit I did 100% machine binding on them. I am getting better at it. Here’s a look before washing.
And the second one:
And the back:
The backs of both look exactly the same. As you can see, I’m still crushing on the Baptist fan quilting design. I’d rather forgotten how much I loved it until I quilted my Goose in the Pond quilt this way. If you recall, I marked the pattern with a stencil and chalk spray for that one. It was a lot of work, but worth it in the end. It did make me start searching for an easier way to do this on my long arm though.
This is what I found:
These are called Groovy Boards by Handi Quilter, pattern boards by other companies. A stylus is attached to the machine which rides in the grooves of the boards. This is, as expected, much more expensive than a pantograph, but way less than a computer system! I bought my set up from R&S Designs (they had a sale!) and found them quite reasonable and helpful. Again, there is a bit of a learning curve, especially with lining up the rows. I was clearly not 100% successful in that department. Loading two at a time while playing with a new toy like this was probably not the best idea I have ever had!
You can see above where I overlapped the pattern at times. Yuck. Happily, this is less noticeable in the after washing pictures.
You can expect to see many more quilts quilted with this pattern! I love the texture that it gives. I also bought a set of smaller Baptist Fan boards to use on small quilts. They have many designs available. Due to the cost, I will be quite choosy and only buy those that really can’t be accomplished on the long arm any better way.
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, A Quilted Passion, Sew Can She, Celtic Thistle Stitches
Love the Baptist Fan quilting, Katy! The quilts look wonderful.
Katy, those two quilts are just adorable! And I love the way the look changes when you change the 9-patch block – smart!! Thanks for linking up for the I May Have a Scrap Problem show-and-tell!
Very sweet baby quilts! I love the quilting on them, ‘Baptist Fan’ pattern is timeless really!
Your quilts are beautiful and I love the Baptist fan.
I love your fraternal twins quilts. The quilting looks good to. I wonder if using those guides often might not help build muscle memory for you so you can freehand at some future date.
They look perfect to me….. But then my eyes are not so experienced…. Beautiful work.
Beautiful quilting! Baptist fans are really a classic. Two finishes in one week is making all the rest of us look bad! 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!
Love, love, love the quilting. The fans are perfect.
These are adorable. Love the quilting. Glad you were able to find an easier way to quilt.
Those big fans are certainly the best option for you ! 🙂
Katy, you say the boards are by HandiQuilter but you got yours from R & S, is there any difference? I kind of checked their site, did you have to buy more than one board & does it come with the stylus & set up or is that extra? I love Baptist Fan, I bought a ruler that was supposed to make it easy, but it doesn’t sit securely like they show in their video & I’m not having much luck with it. Love your quilts!!
I love both the baby quilts, they are so bright and lively! Of course I love the quilting. Have a good weekend. Hugs,
Love how your nine patches turned out. I do a Baptist Fan, FMQ style on my Megaquilter, sit down machine, but can’t get the size yours have. Love the look of yours.
Oh, Katy!! I just LOVE these two little quilts! Great job!
Being a sitdown quilter, Groovy boards are not an option for me, but I have always thought they looked like a great way to go. I think you did a tremendous job!
Two lovely quilts, the quilting boards look very scary to a domestic machine quilter 🙂
I’m glad you found such a great solution for big fans on a long arm. they look great
I have always liked Baptist Fan as a quilting design. I have it on my computer program, but I’ve hesitated due to the lining it up. I really must try it. And I like how your two quilts came out. The pattern and layout would make this an ideal way to make quilts for siblings with the same fabrics. You’re always so inspiring.
Love these two quilts. Really like the fabric and the one you thought you made a mistake on. The way you laid out the blocks was perfect. Thanks for sharing these. I also like the quilting pattern. You could use it for hand quilting also. Blessings. Diane