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Babies and trees

12 Aug

One of my first quilting fabric buys in 2007 was a selection of precuts and yardage from Tula Pink‘s Full Moon Fancy line. I made my very first quilt with it, for my goddaughter’s 1st birthday gift. Please excuse the horrible photo, taken in the dark Finnish winter many moons ago.

fullmoonfront

The rest of the fabric I’ve pretty much just been sitting on ever since. The line sold out, and I’ve been scared to use up what little I have left. This past summer I finally decided to make another baby quilt out of the blue-green fabrics left over from the girly quilt. I mostly used charm squares and cut some more out of yardage and white Essex cotton-linen blend.

Full moon fancy quilt

I quilted a simple diamond grid and added a scrappy binding, made up by leftover prints of a jelly roll.

Full moon fancy quilt detail

There was just enough yardage of the blue tree trunk print to get a continuous backing out of it.

Full moon fancy quilt backing

Photographing out on location isn’t my strong suit but now it’s nice to think back on this sunny by windy day last summer. This quilt was a christening gift for a baby boy in my family.

Full moon fancy quilt back and front

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Babies and bicycles

5 Aug

Continuing with baby quilts finished in the last year, here is a wonky log cabin quilt. I combined my precious few Heather Ross prints in a yellow-and-pink quilt that wouldn’t be too bland. I used two solids from Amy Butler, both alternating with the prints and for the sashing.

wonky log cabin quilt

I machine quilted the 3×3 block design with random horizontal and vertical lines, free hand. Some double quilt lines add interest.

wonky log cabin quilt detail

The backing is one of my favorite baby prints, Alexander Henry’s 2D Zoo. The quilt top was exactly the width of the backing fabric, eliminating any need for piecing the back.

wonky log cabin quilt backing

With the addition of the solid pink, had just enough fabric scraps left over for a scrappy binding after piecing the top.

wonky log cabin quilt detail

This quilt was a gift to a pretty baby girl in Barcelona. Encantada d’haver-te conegut, Ona!

Babies and elephants

29 Jul

I’ve made several baby quilts in the past year, all of which have been duly photographed but never blogged. I thought I would remedy this finally. Here’s the first one – a girly quilt made up by blocks of random width strips sewn together.

Animal quilt

The lovely animal prints on the quilt top are by Laurie Wisbrun and were bought from her Etsy shop a few years ago. You can see her fabric in action in this Flickr group. I quilted the fabric in simple straight lines and added a solid binding to contrast all the busy animal prints.

Animal quilt

The timing of this post is actually fortunate because the recipient of this quilt – the daughter of a long-time friend – will be moving to my neck of the woods next week with her family. Welcome home!

The nephew, he has a name

14 Mar

Yesterday we celebrated the christening of my nephew. I’d started his present back in September which turned out to be a wise move. I set to quilt animal outlines, picking the critters at random. But my fingers and hand quilting do not seem to mix: I managed to do about 2-4 shapes at a time before my skin broke.

zoodetail

In the end I’ve got calluses to show for a 41×41 inch square quilt! It’s exactly one width of the fabric, no piecing work involved here. I did not count the shapes quilted, they must be in triple digits though.

zoofront

I really like how the animal outlines look on the Miller Ta Dot backing print. The binding is a 3/4 inch wide Perla cotton. I was with my foxy friend at the local fabric store, cursing myself for forgetting to bring a sample of the front print when she happily announced that this solid teal would match. Of course she knew, having used the same fabric for a baby quilt. Isn’t it great to hang out with people who can instantly match any fabric it seems?

backbinding

I’m glad I did this by hand but it might be a one-time thing, just as his special day. I might use hand quilting as a feature in a mostly machine quilted piece though. Much appreciation for those who do quilting by hand!

Oh, and the name? Suits him. :)

Welcome home, babies!

24 Jan

Happy year 2010! I’m glad to announce the arrival of my nephew. In addition to a grateful  and excited family, he was greeted with the following:

Quilt made from my treasured fabrics of the Aviary line of Joel Dewberry. I’m still holding onto a full quilt’s worth of the pink/green colorway.  The pattern used on this tiny quilt is Nest by Tula Pink (for her Nest line). I modified the original block size down to 11.5 inches. The binding is My folklore by Lecien.

joel dewberry aviary quilt

Here’s the back of the quilt, together with Wave blanket from Loop, knit with three colors of fingering weight merino, two strands held together.

joel dewberry aviary back and knitted blanket

Now, I wanted the baby boy to have some toys for comfort and play to come. First I made the Scotty dog from a mix pack of Anna Maria Horner scraps in home dec weight. While it looked delightful it seemed a bit large for a newborn’s cot. So I made its companion bunny.

scotty the dog and bunny friend

I hope the wee one and his family enjoys these humble offerings. For future notice,  all may be machine washed at 40 degrees.

On the homefront, I upgraded my sewing machine. While my partner hoped I’d choose one “with a bigger tv” (an embroidery machine with large screen) I got a Quilt Expression 4.0. In the plans: stippling and larger quilts. As soon as I learn how to maneuver it! See below for practice runs: appliques for t-shirts for the bigger kiddos in my life.

mothership

dax

matryoshka

Coming along

17 Sep

They are, I promise. Aunt Stina will be ready.

zoo

aviary

Summer Wonderland

14 Jul

Long time, no post.  I can’t even pretend that I’ve been too craftasticly busy to post, nah, I’ve been slacking. However, here is something finished.

Wonderland

It’s a new bedspread for my goddaughter who is suddenly a big girl. The quilt measures 43 x 63 inches. I quilted it in simple straight lines a 1/4″ away from the seams using a pink cotton thread. The quilting pattern, in fact the whole quilt, was completely inspired by this charm pack quilt. The Wonderland line by MoMo included a cheater print, and I skipped all piecing work. The colorway for both front and back is Sugar. I almost like the back more than the front. The binding is a brown-on-red dot print from the same line.

Wonderland back

Wonderland front

The quilt was recieved with thanks, and some immediate “cover and hide” play. She recognized the birds and butterflies, irons and air moisturizers require some training still. I think it fits her bed nicely, if I say so myself.

Wonderland bird lookie

New bed

Thanks to my photographer for the good shots, I am to blame for the bad ones!