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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

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

Baby Bow Tie Quilt

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Several months ago I finished this bow tie baby quilt that I had pieced together from my WIPs collection and apparently I never wrote a blog post about it. So now I’m playing catch up.

I had tried to take some nice, clear pictures of this quilt, but the Prime Minister decided to he wanted to help. I might be biased, but I think the pictures turned out cuter this way.

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The quilt is a nice lap or tummy time size and measures 36” x 54”. I used a layer cake of Moda’s 1930’s Playtime Basics and some other red, purple, and white fabric I found in my stash. The backing is some kind of polyester blend designed to imitate a felt. I don’t remember where I got it from, but it was thick enough to use as a baking and skip batting all together. I know you’re not supposed to mix fabrics when quilting, but this fabric was just cute and fuzzy enough I think that the cotton top will mesh nicely with the backing, and after a number of washings I haven’t noticed any real shifting or shrinking in the layers.

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The quilting itself is very simple. I just used a stitch in the ditch along each of the 36” seams. My Singer Quantum has been on the fritz lately and I haven’t been able to sew on it, so I used the Featherweight, meaning I didn’t even try free motion. But that’s ok, the Featherweight is quickly becoming my favorite sewing machine and I love simple straight quilting anyways.

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When I made this quilt, I didn’t have anyone in mind to give it to. I just wanted to knock off another to-do from my WIPs collection. M seems to have claimed it for herself though because I keep finding it wrapped around her baby dolls and favorite stuffed animals. That’s just fine with me, I’d rather my quilt be loved than stuffed in a closet waiting to be gifted.

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Happy Quilting!

  • Rita