One of my friends recently asked me to make a stroller quilt for her newest baby. She also wanted a matching doll quilt to give to her son for when the new baby was born. She gave me full creative freedom, saying only that she liked grey and pops of colour.
I thought about what to do for awhile but eventually settled on a pattern from Elizabeth Dackson’s (of Don’t Call Me Betsy fame) Book – Becoming a Confident Quilter. I freehanded my random cuts and finished up the blocks at 10.5”.
Here are the finished quilts:
The doll quilt is 20” x 30” and the stroller quilt is 30” x 40”.
I backed them both in this blue and grey chevron. I quilted with a wide zigzag and my walking foot. I used a scrappy binding on both quilts.
Here is just the stroller quilt:
And here is just the doll quilt:
I think they turned out pretty cute and I hope my friend (and her two boys) love them.
I was asked to make this quilt by a friend. She wanted something made from her son’s old receiving blankets. I decided to stick to a simple, random patchwork design so that you’d get to see a big portion of the blankets themselves. I didn’t want to fuss with them by making too many seams but I wanted it to have some movement so didn’t want the squares too big.
This is a twin size and it is 20×15 5” blocks (yes, it took for-ev-er to cut and piece 300 charm squares). The flannel was fairly easy to work with after a good press.
This quilt was actually quilted on a long-arm by a friend of mine who just purchased one and wanted some practice. She did a great job of an all over loopy pattern. It saved me a bit of time and I didn’t have to wrestle a twin size quilt around on my machine.
I did the binding in a blue stripe from an old line, it worked perfectly with the crosshatch back I purchased.
I hope my friend loves the quilt and enjoys the memories of when her little boy was just a baby.
My daughter has been going to the same daycare since I returned to work on March last year and her daycare provider recently had a baby. She is so great with Addie and I really appreciate everything she does. I asked her some general questions about her nursery, she said she had soft greens and blues and had a love of owls.
I made a simple square in square design and just played with the math until I had proportions I liked (it was really cold and windy the day I photographed this and my quilt holder was not very impressed).
The back is this wonderful woodland print from the line Critter Patch.
I quilted this with a free motion wood grain design that I practiced before Christmas. I’m embarrassed to say that this is the first actual finished piece I have free-motion quilted. It’s not perfect but it was actually really fun and I think it turned out great.
I always love making baby quilts. I like to imagine the quilt being well loved for many years.
I actually finished these quilts months ago and am just getting around to posting about them now. I made these quilts for a special friend of mine when she was expecting twins. I wanted to get them done as soon as possible in case they were born early. Turns out everything went super well and they stayed in until 36 weeks! They were born last weekend and everyone is happy and healthy at home.
These were actually a group gift, so even though I did the work the sentiment (and purchases) was from a group of women. Photo credit goes to my awesome friend Lindsay who not only took the photos but delivered them to the mom-to-be before Christmas.
I used Elizabeth Hartman’s Crazy Nine Patch Lattice pattern for both quilts and delicious Fanfare flannel for the backs and bindings.
I quilted them with random wavy lines. I just used my walking foot and moved the quilts around as I went. It was hard on the shoulders but quite easy to do otherwise.
These were really fun to do and I hope the boys enjoys many years of snuggles under them.
Recently our very good friends welcomed their second baby. I actually finished his quilt by his due date! Too bad he decided to come 9 days early. Thankfully I don’t think he noticed that he didn’t have a quilt on his Birthday.
My friend and I picked out the fabric together and she decided on the pattern. This is such a fun quilt to make from Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson!, it comes together pretty quickly and is infinitely adaptable (the twin sized top I just finished is the same pattern).
I added two rows to the original pattern to make the top slightly larger.
These photos were taken at night. I could not wait to get the finished quilt to my friends and literally finished the binding, threw it in the wash and went right over to their house.
I love, love, love the binding on this one!
I got my label on straighter this time too, I sewed it together first, then sewed it onto the quilt is a 1/8 inch seam allowance, and then machine sewed the binding over it with a 1/4 inch allowance.
It is still a little crooked, but really after washing all the edges distort a little.
I really, really love this quilt. The colours are soft and perfect for a little boy. I bought some of the same fabrics in flannel from FabricWorm so I might be making some quick blankets and other projects with it soon.
Last night I watched movies and Dexter while I hand stitched the binding on my first finished quilt of 2011! After a quick wash this morning it was ready to give away. Now that the quilt is happily with its new owner I thought I’d share some photos here.
This quilt is Elizabeth Hartman’s Birthday Cake pattern. The little strips bisecting every block were tedious and at one point my husband even came downstairs and helped me square up blocks. I love the way it looks finished though, so I might tackle it again some day.
And a detail of the quilting and binding:
This is also the first quilt that features my new label! It’s simple and quite small but I knew I wanted to start putting some form of personalization on my quilts. This first attempt got a little shifty so I think I might need to sew them in half first next time, but here it is: