Monday, April 21, 2008

baby quilts3

this will be an almost entirely sewing related post, so come back in another week if you [bob, ian, joe, etc...] are looking for something more interesting ;)

i think there must be a baby boom going on or something, because almost everyone i know is having babies. normally, i break out the knitting needles and make a cute sweater or blanket, or if they are having a girl, make a cute little dress. when ian's sister was due to have her baby in january, i thought, hey, why don't i try to make a quilt? i had just picked up "last minute patchwork + quilted gifts", and thought i would try one out. she was having a girl, so i looked thru my fabric stash and found some fabric remnants that would work, plus part of a new white sheet that was in my dad's quilting stash. [and i would have to agree with that... sheets seem to produce a much softer quilt than cotton fabrics from the store.]

baby quilt #1:
pattern: chinese stacked coins from last minute patchwork + quilted gifts
size: approx 36 X 45 ish
gifted to: kellie's baby samantha

baby quilt

baby quilt

i used some soft colored fabrics for this one, with a backing of a purple-ish floral. i machine-quilted it on a diagonal. this was my first attempt at any of this, so there are a few mistakes [some puckers on the back of the quilt] but i think it turned out well :)

baby quilt #2:
pattern: my own; a simple quilt of blocks on a white grid
size: approx 36 X 45 ish
gifted to: penny's baby boy-to-be

blocks baby quilt 2

baby quilt in nursery

my sister wanted more of a traditional quilt [something that "looked like quilt"], so i decided to go with something simple and somewhat traditional. i picked up a few fat quarters, used some stash fabric i had, and backed it with leftover fabric from the bumper pad + crib skirt i had made her. she was very happy with it :)

baby quilt #3:
pattern: my own, in shades of pink, chocolate + coffee. double sided, machine-quilted on the diagonal with pink thread. self binding by wrapping back side around to front as binding.
size: 40 x 40
gifted to: gary + ann's girl-to-be

pink chocolate baby quilt

pink chocolate baby quilt

pink chocolate baby quilt

i think this has been my favorite quilt so far. i love the color scheme and design. i designed it in illustrator which was very helpful and made the actual piecing of it very easy. this was my first solid color quilt and i am very happy with the results. i discovered that my machine has a walking foot attachment, which made quilting so much easier! no puckers on the back! even stitches on both sides! you can't even tell which side was right side up when i quilted it. i was inspired by the color's of yaiann's quilt, but of course, didn't want to copy it! it was gifted on sunday morning at a warhol museum baby shower, and the couple was happy with it.

finishing up this last quilt has made me seriously re-consider my sewing/knitting hobby as a side business. i've been thinking of opening up an etsy shop [to start, before i can actually make the website + market items] focusing on infant clothing and bedding type accessories. i've got a lot to think about before i can start planning, but with any luck, it will happen :)


Blogger DPUTiger said...

That book is evil, but in a good way :) I made the Moleskine notebooks as xmas presents for my knitting friends. I miss sewing. I need to get my act together so I can do it more often! :)

5:19 PM, April 21, 2008  
Blogger juliegraf said...

wow - those quilts are awesome - and I think you should try to open an etsy shop for sure!

and congrats to gary and ann!

(found your blog though flickr...)

the house in bloomfield is almost done, so i may get my life back soon...

9:08 PM, April 21, 2008  
Blogger yaiAnn said...

Your quilts look great! Pink, brown and white is currently my favorite quilt color combo!

11:32 PM, April 21, 2008  
Blogger sheila said...

Hey. I just picked up a copy of "last minute..." because I pre-ordered and needed to spend $15 to get free shipping :p

Hopefully, it'll inspire me to sew some stuff.

8:37 PM, April 22, 2008  
Blogger kyleroth said...

You're it.

10:38 PM, May 20, 2008  
Blogger Metanoia said...

I absolutely love the pinkxbrown one. Beautiful. By "machine quilted", do you do it yourself, or take it to a professional. It is SO neat!

9:14 PM, June 18, 2009  
Blogger aimee said...

i machine quilt the quilts myself. it took a little practice, but im getting the hang of it. especially now that i've discovered the walking foot attachment.


7:42 AM, July 24, 2009  

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