Wednesday, January 9, 2013

J is for Jaden: First Finish of 2013

Woo hoo! I'm off to a great start with my 2013 plan to finish stuff.

J is for Jaden is done!

J is for...

It's a straight-up I Spy quilt, but I arranged the patchwork so that the values contrasted to create the initial J on the front.

I kept the quilting simple because I wanted a quick finish, and because I'm annoyed at Bernie right now for having such a terribly small throat that it really impedes my FMQ.

The light bits got quilted with a larger meander in white (Aurifil 50 wt):
quilting closeup

And the darker bits got quilted with back and forth lines or concentric squares done via FMQ for a more organic look and so I didn't have to keep turning the quilt under the needle. Colour is a dark grey (Aurifil #5004 in 50 wt) which ended up blending beautifully with all of the darker-value fabrics.

nice blurry photo! *eyeroll*

I made the label by folding a square in half and stitching it on with a less than 1/4" seam allowance prior to applying the binding, which is Michael Miller Clown Stripe in a great blue.

Quilt label.

I'm delighted with how it turned out, and it was a relatively fast project. Final size is 36"x48" - a nice playmat/crib size.

Here's G giggling as she is giving it a test-drive.

Test Drive

This counts toward my Q1 Finish A Long goals. Admittedly, this one was kind of a gimme since it was a quick project and already started. But I achieved my mini-goal of finishing it in time to gift it to my niece tonight. So yay for finishes!


  1. Hi! Wonderful, happy quilt! Great idea to make J like that! x Teje

  2. Congrats on your finish. Bet Jaden will love it :)

  3. The embedded J is brilliant! Congrats on finish #1.

  4. Hurray for a finish. Look forward to seeing more. Very clever layout.

  5. Nice, perfect for a little boy!

  6. This is so cute! I love the hidden J…. I Spy's are so great for that.

  7. Great finish! I love that label, great idea to include simple care instructions.

  8. Way to jump in on your finishes! This looks great!

  9. Awww, very nice. I have a real soft spot for I Spy quilts. Really turned out great. :-) Happy 2013.

  10. It is a fun quilt and I love the quilting. A finish is a finish, congratulations!


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