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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

Ms. H's Baby Quilt - Windmill Quilt

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The youth pastor at our church and his wife announced they were expecting so I pulled this cute tummy time quilt out of the closet just in time for the baby shower. It’s so nice to see little Ms. H toddling around on Sunday’s, she’s so cute! I would say that I need another little one for myself, but she’s a little younger than Little Man and a little older than Wince, so I’m right in the thick of it with cute kiddos.

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I thought that the fabric was called Woodlands by Moda, but I’m not sure and I couldn’t find it online. If anyone recognizes it please comment below! The backing is a cute pink calico from my Aunt Grace’s stash that I received after she passed away.

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I wish I had taken more pictures of the quilt while I still had it. Oh well, blogging lesson learned.

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

Ms. K's Baby Quilt - Four Patch Quilt

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The very first friends we made Handsomepants and I moved to Denver, was young couple just our age. They lived across the hall in our apartment building and we met them when they knocked on our door and (trustingly) asked us to keep an eye out for a package delivery. They were leaving town for the weekend and the package hadn’t arrived on time. It turned out it was large flat screen TV! We’ve been friends with Krista and Jason ever since.

I’m starting to realize how often I use four patches in baby quilts!

I’m starting to realize how often I use four patches in baby quilts!

I’ve written before about my pregnancy with M, when Krista was also pregnant with her first child. His quilt is the red and white air plane quilt in my gallery. But when she announced she was pregnant again I was so excited to find out she was having a girl this time. This time around I wanted to make a low key, sweet baby quilt so I selected a charm pack of Windemere by Brenda Riddle Designs for Moda.

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I took a while to decide how I wanted to handle the quilting. I used a large “hand sewn” stitch on my machine to outline all of the background squares with a gold thread, but other than that I was stuck. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I packed the quilt away in the closet for a while. Then one day while on Pinterest I came across some really cute embroidery designs, and the rest was history. I transferred the designs onto freezer paper and used the same “hand sewn” stitch on my machine to quilt the designs into the background fabric. The process of quilting the embroidery designs was slow going, but over all I’m pleased with the results and I’ll definitely reuse the technique on future quilts.

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When I finished this quilt I was so excited to gift it that I forgot to take pictures so I had to call Krista and ask her to take them for me, which she did because she’s awesome. I also forgot the dimension of the quilt, sorry to those who were wondering. But it’s a nice tummy time size, and it’s soft enough to snuggle with!

The banking of Ms. K’s quilt was a tight patterned calico that came from my Aunt Grace after she had passed. I’ve slowly developed an appreciation for calico prints over the years and this is one of my favorites. I’m very glad that there was enough left over to go into a scrappy quilt I’m currently planning.

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Unfortunately I don’t get to see this quilt, or it’s new little owner very often anymore. Krista and Jason decided to move their growing family close to family outside of Colorado. I miss my friends but modern technology does make it easy to stay in touch, and if they every miss me they have something to snuggle with, and that’s what quilting is all about.

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

Mr. A's Baby Quilt - Orange 4 Patch

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Am I the only one who has a hard time selecting fabric for boy quilts? I love fabric shopping but I so many of the patterns are floral or the colors lean feminine. I have a difficult time selecting fabrics that are comfortably “boy”. Handsomepants had to help me out with the fabric selection on Mr. A’s baby quilt, partly because I was stumped, and partly because we’ve had some major expenses this month and fabric shopping just was not in the budget. (I married an accountant for a reason!)

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I threw this little tummy time quilt together using some charm square pieces that I had removed while making another quilt, and other fabrics in my stash. And as I’m writing this I realize that I forgot to catch a shot of the backing. The backing is the same orange polka dot fabric as the binding. I kind of cheated on this quilt and just folded the backing over the edges of the quilt and sewed it into place to form a binding, rather than create a traditional binding strip. I used my machine to sew the edge of the binding, I just don’t have the time lately to hand sew bindings.

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The actual quilting was kind of fun to do. I did a quick stitch in the ditch around the edges of the four patches and then I quilted a cross-hatch pattern in the negative spaces of the diamond patterned squares. This turned out out be a little more difficult than I had originally thought because the diamond pattern isn’t completely strait. Not that the quilting was difficult per-say, but I did end up snaking some of the quilting to keep from running the stitches over the pattern.

Because life was hectic and time just seemed to slip away from me, Mr. A’s baby quilt sat on by the front door for several weeks. I kept telling myself not to forget to gift the quilt, but there were days wen I would forget to put on deodorant, let alone bring a quilt along to a play date! And I missed the baby shower because I was busy having a baby myself!

But a perfect opportunity to hand over the quilt when Handsomepants came home from work and immediately dragged us all outside to jump in the leaves. Mr. A and his family happened to be arriving home from ballet lessons, and leaf jumping became a community event.

What a great time to warm up a cute chubby baby with a new quilt, and take some cute pictures! Mr. A’s big sister wanted to help me take pictures and proudly held the quilt up for me before sweetly tucking the quilt around Mr. A. Big sisters are awesome!

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Handsomepants didn’t want to lay Wince down in the leaves for some reason but I wanted to take fall pictures for the family album. So we compromised on one photo while he held Wince about 5” above the leaves. Men and their babies; I don’t get what the fuss was about, but whatever!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

Ms. L's Baby Quilt - Squash Blossom Quilt

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One of Handsomepant’s co workers shared with us that she was pregnant so I immediately set to work on this little quilt. Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the fabric I used, but I’m pretty sure it’s from Moda. The backing was from a sheet set I bought from Target on super clearance to help supplement my fabric stash. The squash blossom blocks measure 12” square and I used a layer cake of the main fabric and some plain white fabric from my stash.

I like the look of the squash blossom block, and related blocks, because of how geometric they are. Something about half square triangles look like they should be difficult, but in reality are rather easy. Maybe it’s the drama they add to a quilt pattern, but I find squash blossom blocks receive lots of compliments.

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The only thing about this quilt that really makes it a baby quilt is it’s size. I suppose it would be categorized a lap quilt because it’s only 36 x 48”. The fabric is more sophisticated than a traditional baby quilt, and that fits with the style sense of myself and Handsomepant’s cor worker. I like a baby quilt that the child van grow up with.

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The quote on the quilt tag is something we have on the kids wall in their bedroom, you can find it here. I converted it into a miniature version and embroidered it with a back stitch. I think I’ll use it on other quilt tags because it’s awfully cute!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita