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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

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

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