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Thread: Embroidered Muppet Baby Quilt - remake - help on quilting design

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    Embroidered Muppet Baby Quilt - remake - help on quilting design

    When my daughters were infants, (they are now 30 and 28), their aunt made them each a Muppet Baby quilt. She traced a coloring book page onto fabric and then embroidered the design. She made 16 blocks! After that, she hand stitched the whole quilt, using an old orange wool blanket and grey sheets.

    On Sunday, my daughter gave me one of the quilts. She had been keeping it for her sister who she thought might actually not take care of it or worse, lose it with all of the moves she's made. The embroidered blocks were in very good condition. Only a couple have holes that need to be patched. The problem is that the fabric was very thin old sheets and I think maybe moths may have gotten to the wool because there where holes in it. It was really not salvageable, except for the blocks which is really fortunate. Anyway, she asked me to 'fix' it.

    The only thing I thought would work is to completely remove each block and back it with interfacing and sew them into a new quilt using my daughter's favorite colors.

    Just wondering how the top should be quilted and what kind of batting would be best to use? I could do SITD, but the embroidered blocks are pretty big, maybe 9"x"9 and I don't want to see the blocks separated from the quilt batting and backing. Not sure I explained it, but when it's washed, I think it would look better flat than puffy. Just not sure.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on the way to quilt the top of this quilt?
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    Oh what a treasure, i am not a person who can help with your question, just wanted to say...

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    In order to keep the feel and look of the original quilt, I would be tempted to use wool batting (Hobbs wool is what I would choose). Wool is the elite of quilt battings, easy to hand or machine quilt, and gives good definition without puffiness. I would consider doing a combination of machine and hand quilting. Maybe machine SITD to secure the blocks and hand quilt around (and inside) the embroidered designs. Use fine thread to do a medium-sized background fill in the white spaces around the embroidery.

    Was there sashing in the original quilt? I would be tempted to add sashing to frame the blocks.

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    If you wanted to just machine quilt, I would echo each design about an 1" to the edges of each block and then SITD around the block. i also would add sashing. I'd also add a border and then quilt the characters names in the border.
    I promise not to buy any more fabric until I see something I really like. Or it's on sale. Or I think it might match something.

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    All I have to say is when you're done with it "Photos, Please?!"

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    Hi -- thanks for the feedback. Yes it did have sashing and borders. I like the idea of SITD and then the shadow quilting around the figures. Thought about that myself. Also, I plan to lightly interface the back of each quilt block because a couple of them have holes to big to ignore. I will go with Hobbs wool.

    I have another quilt the girls' aunt quilting for me. The theme is the Precious Moments figurines, which she also traced from a coloring book. Rather than the embroidery stitch as on the Muppet Baby blocks, she satin stitched all of the blocks - WOW! I never realized how much work she put into each of these quilts. And they are huge! At least full size. She made the sashings and borders 4" and 6" wide! The Precious Moments quilt it in pristine condition. I am so proud to have these... Will take process pics along the remake of the quilt.

    Excited to see how it turns out.
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    how cute blocks, I too would like to see pics when done, plz
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    The original sashing and border was a very light grey sheeting with a white binding. I think the sheeting was a high thread count because it is very soft and silky to the touch. I'm sure she spent a lot of money for the sheets...at least it was a lot back then.

    Not too keen on using those same grey and white colors again. Since this is a child's quilt, wondering what fabrics should I use. Solids/prints...etc. Any suggestions?

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    I would probably use good-quality solids. Moda Bella has nice touch quality, and there a couple of other brands that are really good. I don't recommend Kona solids for this purpose because they have a heftier weave that feels more rough to the touch. http://www.fabric.com is one place you can look for these.

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    Prism99 -- Thank you for the suggestion about the Moda Bella solids. I'm getting my toes wet creating quilts from scratch. Picking out color combinations that look good together is not a skill I've learned yet. Just wondering if I need to stick with the gray/white sashing that was on the original quilt or go with bright colors to bring out the stitching on the blocks. That would be my preference...but I do want to stay true to the original quilt that was created. Or is that really necessary. I realize this is a new quilt that I'm remaking, but just wondering if the blocks look old, should the quilt look 'old' too. Not sure I'm explaining this right.

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