My first attempt at a pixelated quilt is a camouflage baby quilt! And using diy spray baste AND trying a pantograph for quilting. You may not be able to hide in this quilt, but there A lot of firsts hidden in this bright coloured quilt.

In sorting my fabric collection to find fabrics for cloth face masks, the dark pink and grey ended up stacked next to each other. I went oooh, those need to be a quilt! Originally I planned 2 shades of pink, but I was a bit short on on the lighter and went for the bolder look with the purple.

I found a google image of a pink camo pattern that was already pixelated as the starting point for the quilt. Using 1.75” squares at 26 x 26 it finished nicely to 48” x 48”.

To ensure I had enough fabric, I cut in rows to decrease the amount of seams. This made it a quick sew!

Having used up the last of my spray baste, I took the opportunity to try a diy formula. I followed this tutorial by String and Story with a few tweaks.

  • One cup of water and 1/2 tsp of salt in a pot and set to boil
  • Shake 1/2 cup of water with 2 tbsp of flour in a jar to mix and add to the pot
  • Stir until it thickens
  • Pour into a measuring cup to cool
  • Mix in 1/2 cup of alcohol and pour into the spray bottle

The flour mixture formed a skin as it cooled which I should haven take off as it caused a minor blockage in the sprayer. The recommendation is for rubbing alcohol, but I used vodka, a precious curling prize that was on hand. If you planned on not storing it after use, I think it would work the same with a little bit of water to make it the right consistency.

Finding a spray bottle was tough! Everywhere was sold out, but after a hard search I found one previously used for water and vinegar in the garage.

The mixture did not mist. After the first half of splotchy spraying, I switched to a grid method and sprayed across the quilt in lines. That worked much better!

The baste does take a day to dry, but once dry there is no pulling it apart. I normally separate the fabric from the batting on my cut edges and it would require a soak to do that. Overall I call the spray baste a win and will continue to use on future quilts. (Second batch is cooking as I write this.)

I have been wanting to do more than meandering quilt design for free motion quilting. Pantographs were mentioned in a quilt group, and I knew that was my next try. Yes, they are meant for longarm quilters, but hey! when has not having the correct tools stopped me.

I found this great deer camo pantograph on Etsy and used it as inspiration. I had hoped to build a stencil from card stock. And then tried making my own chalk pounce from my daughters sidewalk chalk. And finally decided that the tried and trued method of using tracing paper to sew and tear off would be best.

My machine won’t sew without thread in it. After ripping thread off the first version I went to punching my own holes with an awl. My practice sewing when I had full lines went much better than trying to follow dots, but it’s quilting. Done is better than perfect, right?

Each deer is unique in its own way. There has got to be a good morale in there for the baby.

A good wash solves most quilt issues. The remainder of the paper came off. The spray baste washed out beautifully.

My photography assistant had fun hiding in the flowers. “Camoflauged! You can’t see me!”

I spotted these flannel owls while buying more elastic for face masks and couldn’t resist them. It will make for a nice cuddly backing.

I’m eager to give another shot at templated free motion quilt. What’s the best way to make out the design? What tips do you have for me?