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Mr. J's Baby Quilt - Wildlife Quilt: Throwback Series

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I recently found an external hard drive that had been missing for about 3 years. I am so excited because I had previously come to terms with loosing several years worth of family pictures and quilt pictures. But lo and behold, I found it and now I can add several quilts to the blog! A number of the quilts are unfinished in the pictures. I don’t know why I took pictures of unfinished quilts, but I’m glad I did because most of these quilts were gifted away several years ago so these pictures are the only records I have of them.

I’ve decided to make a mini-series of these quilts not only to show off my profile, but it’s also interesting for me to see how my quilting has improved over the years. I was always a little intimidated by the immaculate, intricate quilts of my mother in law or the displays in fabric stores, so I think it’s good to show people that everyone starts somewhere!

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This wildlife quilt was made for some friends who had their son about three years ago. I used Elizabeth Hartman’s “Fancy Fox” pattern as the basis for this quilt to make the fox and raccoon faces, and I altered the pattern slightly to make the bear face. The deer pattern I drafted myself. When I had all of the animal face blocks finished, I had to Macgyver the rest of the quilt pattern with flying geese so that I could nicely piece the entire top. Good thing Handsomepants is an accountant so he could do all of that math for me!

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The back of the quilt is supposed to look like a bear rug. I thought it would be a cute way for Mr. J to channel his inner Sean Connery during tummy time. The bears ears and tail are movable so he had something to play with too. The bear himself is made with a faux fur, and it was a pain to applique onto the back. I don’t think I knew what WonderUnder was at the time, but I’m positive that would have made my life a lot easier at the time!

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I quilted around the bear, to prevent the fur from being forced flat, but the rest of the quilt was quilted with a simple wood grain inspired pattern. I do remember this quilt being a bit difficult to quilt because of my thread constantly breaking, but I don’t remember why I kept having so many issues.

But I’ll get to make up for those issues by creating a nice easy quilt for Mr. J’s baby brother who’s due in November. He actually shares a due date with Pickle! I’ve been blessed to share pregnancies with three friends now, and I’ve been blessed to give those babies each a quilt!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

Ms. B's Baby Quilt - Throwback Series

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I recently found an external hard drive that had been missing for about 3 years. I am so excited because I had previously come to terms with loosing several years worth of family pictures and quilt pictures. But lo and behold, I found it and now I can add several quilts to the blog! A number of the quilts are unfinished in the pictures. I don’t know why I took pictures of unfinished quilts, but I’m glad I did because most of these quilts were gifted away several years ago so these pictures are the only records I have of them.

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When I heard through the grapevine that my childhood best friend was expecting her first baby, I jumped at the opportunity to make her a quilt. This was back at a time when I was actually trying to keep track of the specific fabrics I used for each quilt I made. So here’s a shot of the jelly roll of “Jelly Bean” by Laundry Basket Quilts I used to make the log cabin blocks for Ms. B’s baby quilt.

I don’t remember the fabric I used on the backing, but it was a sweet raspberry bunch pattern. The raspberries perfectly matched the red fabrics in the “Jelly Bean” color scheme. I really wish I had kept the selvage of the raspberry fabric so I could buy more, because I think it would make cute sheets for the girls bedroom.

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I remember being very selective about where I used the red fabrics from the jelly roll. The centers of the log cabins are red, a traditional arrangement. And I was able to sneak enough of the strips out so that I could use them for the binding as well.

I don’t remember if I even put a label on the quilt, but I do like the look of the quilting on the backside. I stitched in the ditch in all the blocks to make concentric squares. I’m glad I chose that simple design because it doesn’t take away from the basic look of the log cabin block.

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I wish I had taken more pictures of this quilt, but I had just finished it the week we bought out first house and moved out of the apartment. So between packing, paperwork, watching the girls, and being 8 months pregnant, I’m lucky I thought to take any pictures at all. I was also a little rushed to finish the quilt because I had wanted to send it to my friend via my parents, who had come out from Wisconsin to help up move.

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

I ♥You Baby Quilt

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I know I’ve mentioned in previous posts, that four of my friends are all pregnant right now. That’s a lot of babies to make baby quilts for, yeah me!

Well as it turns out, my friend Christa is due any moment now. Earlier this year we went on vacation to Wisconsin and unfortunately we missed her gender reveal/diaper shower. For the past 15 weeks or so, I’ve been under the impression that she was having a girl. I know she’s not the girly-girl type, so when I was selecting fabrics for a baby quilt I chose some not-so-girly fabrics but also went with a pattern that was sweet. (Thank you Cluck Cluck Sew!)

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The triangle patterned fabric came in a bundle of fat quarters I received in a gift exchange in my Tuesday night quilting circle. The teal apple blossom fabric used for the backing and binding I found buried in my stash, and I settled for this fabric because it had related colors, but also because it tipped the scales of this quilt towards the feminine. Perfect for a not-so-girly baby quilt.

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I made a quick job of quilting this quilt, with horizontal, diagonal, and perpendicular top stitching. Nothing fancy, just quick, clean top stitching. I will admit that the tiny hearts in the sashing were a bit of a challenge just because the seams didn’t want to lie flat, but I eventually wrestled them into submission. The finished product measures about 33 x 42”, a nice crib/tummy time sized quilt.

Now for the kicker.

Christa’s having a baby boy! I don’t know why I hadn’t thought to double check with her BEFORE I started this quilt, but I have a habit of “knowing” I’m right and then later finding out differently. Oh well, now I have an extra baby quilt on hand. Instead of this quilt, Christa’s little boy will be getting one of these Baby Blocks quilts instead.

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Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

2x the Baby Quilts - Baby Blocks Quilt

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This year a number of women that I know decided it would be a good idea to get pregnant with boys. Myself included there are 5 little boys brewing that I’m making a quilt for. In general, I find it more difficult to quilt for boys. The majority of the fabrics I find myself drawn to are very feminine. But in the depths of my quilting closet I found a jelly roll of batik fabrics that ranged from pearly white to black and every shade of blue in between. Perfect.

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I separated out individual strips from the jelly roll according to pattern and color and made as many of the 6.5” blocks as I could, resulting in 75 blocks. Typically when I quilt, I don’t actually follow a pattern. I just kinda wing it and hope everything looks good when I’m done. I knew that I wanted to make at least two quilts, and kill two birds with one stone.

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Each quilt got 36 blocks, making the quilt tops 6 x 6 block grids. The few extra blocks I had made their way to my scrap pile. The kids all had fun helping me play around with the layouts of the blocks, since my quilting took over the dining room. Each of the quilts, when finished measure about 36 x 36”.

For the sashing, borders and backing on one of the quilts, I used a flat sheet from from a sheet set I found on clearance at Target a while ago. I actually really like to use sheets for backing because they’re so soft and I always end up with snugly, pliable quilts rather than a rigid quilt that feels over stitched. The other quilt got a vintage type airplane print broadcloth, and I actually had to piece the backing with a few inches of the same navy fabric I used for the binding. Like I said, I wing it when I quilt! The airplane print was a misprint, and throughout the fabric you can see where the fabric was folded over during printing, but I like that it’s imperfect, it adds to the old feel of the fabric.

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With these quilts I also decided to start expanding my skills and hand embroider the quilt tags. Oh man, I’m awful at embroidery, but I decided to keep the labels I made because they have a homemade feel to them. And an infant won’t notice if my lettering isn’t a consistent size. On one of the quilts I used an extra block as the label.

The quilt with the airplane backing was machine quilted with a grid pattern. I top stitched through the sashing and the centers of the blocks. The quilt with the white backing was hand quilted with big fat stitches through the center 2 rows, and the rest of the blocks were tied in the of the blocks.

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I’m quite pleased with how these two quilts turned out, and I can’t wait to give them away. The quilt with the white backing is for one of Handsomepant’s coworkers so he’s going to gift the quilt at an office party later this month. The quilt with the airplane backing is for a girlfriend from church and I am so looking forward to her baby shower in just a few weeks. Giving quilts is one of my greatest pleasures in life.

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

Mr. P's Baby Quilt - Airplane Quilt - Throwback Series

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I recently found an external hard drive that had been missing for about 3 years. I am so excited because I had previously come to terms with loosing several years worth of family pictures and quilt pictures. But lo and behold, I found it and now I can add several quilts to the blog! A number of the quilts are unfinished in the pictures. I don’t know why I took pictures of unfinished quilts, but I’m glad I did because most of these quilts were gifted away several years ago so these pictures are the only records I have of them.

I’ve decided to make a mini-series of these quilts not only to show off my profile, but it’s also interesting for me to see how my quilting has improved over the years. I was always a little intimidated by the immaculate, intricate quilts of my mother in law or the displays in fabric stores, so I think it’s good to show people that everyone starts somewhere!

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This airplane quilt was made for the son of some very good friends of our (you can find quilting for Mr. P’s siblings here and here). It was so fun making this quilt for Mr. P because his mother and I were pregnant at the same time, Mr. P is only 11 hours younger than M, and they were born in the same hospital. There was a party in the maternity ward that weekend! Unfortunately Mr. P and his family moved out of Colorado a few years ago, so when I lost the hard drive, I thought I had lost the quilt pictures completely. But now I have three, very grainy pictures to show off to you lovely readers.

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This airplane quilt was my first attempt at free motion quilting, and I was so nervous and determined to “do it right the first time”, that I ended up making life harder for myself. I drew the swirly cloud design on tissue paper and covered the entire quilt in tissue paper! The quilting itself was easy enough, there were some hiccups because it was my first time with FMQ, but that wasn’t the issue. The real problem came when I tore away the tissue paper and millions of tiny tissue paper pieces were left stuck underneath the quilting stitches! I’m pretty sure I spent more time cleaning the stitching with tweezers than I spent actually creating the quilt.

I’ve never really had much luck since with FMQ, and I find that I have an affinity for simple, strait, top stitching. Maybe my experience with this quilt scarred me for life, I don’t know, or maybe I’m just holding out for a long arm machine from Handsomepants (I won’t hold my breath!), but that just sounds like a convenient excuse to keep top stitching.

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita