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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. K’s Baby Quilt: The Farmhouse Quilt

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This year some friends from church announced they were pregnant with their first child and they were having a little girl. I was so excited for them, and so resigned to my own commitment to limiting our family to 6 members total, I did the unthinkable. I unpacked and rewashed all girl clothes from newborn to 3T, picked out my favorites to turn into a quilt, and gave everything else baby girl oriented to this couple. You heard right, I have resigned myself that Wince is the last child in the Wahn household.

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I actually made this quilt shortly after M was born but for some reason, despite being one of my favorite quilts that I’ve made, I never really used it and it sat on a shelf for a while. I usually like to have a few finished baby quilts on hand so that I’m not rushed to make a new quilt when I need a gift.

For those of you who follow my blog, you might remember that I had to resort to pre-made baby quilts when Little Man was born. I was convinced that he was going to be born a girl, but when I returned home from the hospital I had to pull something blue out of the closet instead!

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This quilt was made with a charm pack of Moda’s Farmhouse fabric and some Kona solids I had in my stash at the time. I designed the quilt to be a crib quilt and to have odd dimensions, 35 x 55”, just slightly larger than a standard crib mattress. Because I intended the quilt to be used more for decoration and to probably be slept on rather than slept under, the large sides of the quilt can be safely tucked down between the crib and the mattress. The quilting was also intended to keep the fluffiness of the quilt to a minimum, so I used 4 oz. batting and top stitched the quilt 1/4” apart.

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Personally I’m a fan of top stitching. It’s clean and simple and the more the better, but it can take a long time to finish, especially if you keep the rows tight. I particularly like the stark contrast of the white stitched against the scarlet backing. I used white thread throughout the quilt, partly because I like the look, and largely because that was the only thread color available to me at the time. But on the quilt front you can hardly notice the color difference.

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Unfortunately I was forced to miss the baby shower for Ms. K because A nasty stomach flu decided to hit me the night before. David was forced to deliver the quilt me and he made a hasty retreat from the flock of excited ladies and pink decorations and spent the day keeping the kids away from my corpse on the couch. He’s an awesome husband!

I know I’ve given away all of our girl stuff, but this quilt is so cute I might be inspired to try to talk Handsomepants into just one more kiddo. 5 kids is a nice round number right!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita