It seems I have reached that stage in my life where everyone is having a baby. Which leads to an interesting problem — who do you make a baby quilt for? For me, it was a very difficult decision — and huge thanks go to Stephanie who talked me off the wall of making everyone a quilt! I got it narrowed down to 4, maybe 5…still a lot of baby quilts to make in a single time frame. Good thing they’re small!
This is the first baby quilt. It’s been delivered to it’s new mother and baby. Well, I gave it to the grandmother a few weeks ago, so fingers crossed it has a baby drooling on it right now.
I started with the image of a quilt by Kelbysews. Side note: She’s releasing a similar pattern in a few months for Ann Kelle… I think it’s even going to be free. There are a lot of variations on this type of quilt, and it is a pretty easy quilt to put together. I started with a panel of Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle. Then I found a large piece of coordinating zoo animal fabric in my stash to use as the back, so that set my dimensions. I also found the turquoise pin dots (mother’s favorite color) to go with the panel parts, also in my stash.
I cut apart the panel, and chose the 5 animals that worked best together (there are eight animals in each panel). Then I added random lengths of the turquoise pin dots to each side. I lined up the animals to look like blocks a child would stack — did I succeed? The strips on the sides, again, came from my stash, and I cut the width of each strip randomly. Based on the size of the back fabric I had, and how wide I had made the center panel, I determined how wide the side pieces needed to be. I did get a little carried away making strips, and enough for another quilt someday. Turns out that making improv strips is really easy, and more than a little addictive.
The cute little animals on the back. And my awkward hand….
For the quilting, I really wanted the animal blocks to be the focus. So I went with my favorite spirals in the turquoise field. These spirals are maybe as addictive as the improv strips! For the strips, I just went with an easy loopy meander — another favorite quilting pattern. Then, I went and outlined the animals on the blocks, but rather than focus on being accurate, I aimed for character. After all, children aren’t known for coloring in the lines, so why should I quilt on the lines? I think it adds a little extra whimsy to the overall quilt design.
Isn’t he adorable?
The binding, again from my stash, is a print that says Hello in several languages. It seemed appropriate for a kid’s quilt, and the color was perfect. I bind nearly all my quilts by machine, using this tutorial from Wasn’t Quilt in a Day. The only thing I ‘change’ is I keep my quilting gloves on for binding. I find the extra grip really helps to keep my binding even.
Buon Giorno! Aloha!
I used Warm and Plush batting for the first time — amazing batting! I’m not usually a fan of Warm and White, I find it too thin for my liking, but the Plush was wonderful to work with. I wish I could still easily find it to stock up on. Maybe they will bring it back?
The overall shot. Looks so cheery hanging by dead leaves and leafless trees. :D
So now here’s my question. After this whole process (there are more baby quilts to share another day), I find it very difficult, and a little odd, to determine who makes the cut. How do you decide who to make a baby quilt for? Do you scale your efforts with the recipient? What I mean is, do close friends get super awesome quilts, while second cousins get quilts with less effort?