I created this quilt using extra fabric I had on hand from making a baby quilt for my niece last year. My sister asked for coral and aqua colors with some grey. In this quilt I added a few more neutral grays and beiges. I love the simplicity of the rectangles and how the coral and aqua combine with the neutrals for a modern look.
For the backing, I used a Riley Blake fabric with cute little animals on it called Woodland Tails. And, I finally added a label to a quilt! I wrote my own label with a permanent pen and whipstitched it onto the back. I quilted the fabric with vertical straight lines about an inch apart. It’s probably some of the most dense quilting I have done and I love how crinkly and cozy it immediately looked when it came out of the dryer.
I headed to the nearest park on my bike one afternoon to take photos. This is the first quilt I’ve taken pictures of in Florida. I took a few pictures of the quilt by climbing on top of some playground equipment and leaning over as far as I could to try to get a square picture. It looked good on the preview but when I tried to rotate it in my editor, it was clear that I didn’t quite get it square. I’m sure the park attendant enjoyed my antics though.
This is my first listing in my Etsy shop! I’ve been planning to do this for about a year…and I dragged out the making of this quilt for about that long. But I finally bit the bullet and opened a shop. Of course Etsy recommended that I have put 10 items in my shop, but this was all I had. (I’ve since added a couple more and I’m working to finish even more.)
I made this quilt for one of my best friends from high school for her third baby…her first boy! My inspiration was from a Red Sox quilt made by Tracey at traceyjay quilts.
When I saw Tracey’s quilt, I knew I wanted to make one for baby Paul. I grew up in Maine, listening to the Red Sox on the radio on summer nights. And my friend’s husband is from Boston, so they are both Red Sox fans. For their little boy, I knew I had to figure how to make this quilt.
I ordered a bunch of red and blue polka dot fabrics, figured out how to cut triangles and got to work. The cutting of the triangles was not so tough…it was getting them lined up correctly. This is also the first quilt that I have done appliqué. It was kind of fun once I figured it out!
For the backing fabric, I searched a local discount store (Mardens) back home in Maine for something with red and found this big polka dot print. I was excited to add something to the quilt that I found in our hometown.
I made this quilt when I was living outside of Memphis, Tennessee and this is one of my favorite photo shoots. I went to a nature trail near a golf course and took these shots on a wooden bench and on a strange fishing platform made of green mesh-like metal. I think baby Paul was few months old by the time I got this to him but I doubt that he noticed how late it was 🙂
I received a stack of Lotta Jansdotter’s Echo line for Christmas last year from my sister. For a while I just looked at the pretty stack of fabric but then I decided I needed to do something with it! I started this quilt in the spring and had to pause for a few months as we moved from eastern Virginia to western Tennessee.
The pattern is a disappearing nine patch and this is my first time trying it. It’s a fairly large throw quilt at 57″ by 72″ and I think it is the biggest quilt I’ve made so far. I’ve been adding it to my side of the bed the last couple nights and it covers me all up and keeps me warm.
I backed it in a grey and white sheet that I found at Target and the binding is Kona Coal. I’m definitely on the grey bandwagon right now. I did straight line quilting on either side of the blocks.
This is also my first time taking pictures of a quilt at my new house. There is a beautiful tree that hangs into our backyard and it looked like the perfect corner to take pictures on a beautiful fall day.
I’m proud of this quilt because I think it is my most precise quilt. I tried to be so careful about everything! I’m also excited because this is the first quilt I have finished that is for me! I’ve given all the others away and I’m looking forward to hanging out with this one a lot.
The dog kept an eye on things while I snapped pictures!
Thanks for stopping by!
- Quilt Measurements – 57 x 72
- Special Techniques used, if any – D9P, straight line quilting
- Quilted by me
- Best category – Favorite Throw Quilt, Favorite Home Machine Quilted Quilt
Welcome to my Fall 2011 Blogger’s Quilt Festival entry! I’m excited to be participating in Amy’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival
This is the second quilt I’ve finished this year and my first blog entry of the year. After making four quilts in less than a month last year for Christmas, I thought I’d take a break. It turned out to be a little longer than I thought. But I’m feeling creative again and this quilt is a little bit of a triumph for me.
I bought this fabric with my mom in mind. She saw some other red and turquoise fabric that she liked so I thought I would get this bundle and create a quilt for her for Christmas. Unfortunately I made a huge mistake in my calculations and didn’t half even half as much as I thought. I had my squares all cut out and threw them in a drawer. I was so upset with myself.
About a month ago, I was working on another project and for some reason I had this fabric sitting on the table. All of a sudden I knew how to put them together to make a big enough baby quilt for a friend who had just had a little girl. I’m so happy that I was able to figure out a way to use these beautiful fabrics and turn my mistake into a success (to me anyway).
The backing is a super soft flannel that I found at Hancock’s and I’m so glad that it coordinated well. I seemed to have a hard time finding anything that would go with these aqua colors.
The pictures are not great because I finished this quilt with minutes to spare before heading over to my friend’s house with dinner and this as a gift. I was getting ready to take it outside for a quick photo shoot when it started thundering and raining. So, indoors it was. With my kids trying to help. In the last photo, my son took the picture while I held it up, but I love how my daughter was in the frame, taking a picture with her camera too!
This quilt was the first quilt that I sewed the binding on with the machine on both sides. I usually hand sew the binding and I really like that process, but did I mention I finished with minutes to spare?
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my quilt. Hopefully I’ll have more to show soon with a few other quilts, but I won’t be working so frantically close to Christmas this year!
Jack is a funny little boy. Just before Christmas, while I was in the middle of furiously trying to finish up some of the quilts that I gifted, Jack was adamant that his baby needed a quilt. He was very persuasive…Casey’s babies had blankets and his baby didn’t have one. I had just seen a tutorial
on how to turn a pillowcase into a blanket for a doll on a blog called MADE
and thought it was a cute idea if I were ever in need of making a quick baby blanket. It turns out that I was in need.
After Christmas, when Casey’s babies got whole bedding sets (and bunk beds), the pressure was on even more. I told him I would look for a pillowcase that we could turn into a blanket for his baby. After a couple of trips into thrift stores in the last month, I couldn’t find any that were suitable for Jack or his baby. But today, I went to a sale at the local quilt shop and they had some Cars fabric. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was just right for Jack’s baby’s quilt – the right size, the right print and the right price. For the back, I found a piece of red fabric with street signs.
As soon as Jack saw the fabric after school, he was begging me to make the quilt. 30 minutes after Casey went down for her nap, baby had a quilt and Jack was a happy little boy. While I was making it, Jack helped with the pins and also told me his thoughts on blankets – “The hole blankets [crocheted] are the hardest to make because when you’re tying it around, it’s hard to make the holes with the wool. And the bumpy ones are hard to make too because it’s hard to make the bumps.” For clarification, his bumpy blankets are just thermal receiving blankets.
After he got baby’s quilt, he ran upstairs to get his quilt and actually asked me to take a picture of them together under their quilts. He keeps saying it’s a very special day for him. So here they are…nice and comfy.