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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

Teal Star 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.

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!

Unfortunately I can’t remember what actually happened to this quilt. I don’t remember if or to whom it was given, or maybe it’s lost somewhere in storage. It might even still be unfinished for all I know, which is unfortunate because I really like the quilting.

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I do remember this was one of the first quilts I ever made and I was quite proud of how I handled the seams at the center of the star blocks. I did learn the importance of pressing seams towards dark fabrics, but we all have a learning curve!

I also remember this baby quilt being on the larger size of what I usually make for baby quilts, I would guess in the 45-50” range.

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I really like the way the quilting looks on the back of the quilt, it reminds me of a whole cloth quilt. I wish I had done some stitch-in-the-ditch in the stars themselves, just for security reasons but hindsight is 20/20.

I also had to add this cute picture of Wally interrupting my photo shoot. He’s the dumbest dog I’ve ever met, but he sure is a sweetheart. He also looks really young in this picture.

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Long story short, I’m very glad that I found that hard drive so I can share more quilts with you!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita