Posts Tagged baby quilt
Around 18 months ago I showed you this gnome that I had made using the foundation paper piecing method……just because.
It’s a twelve inch finished block that ended up in my Parts Department as I didn’t really know what to do with it after I made it. Ever get that feeling?
Anyway, the crafting group I joined a few weeks ago is committed to supporting Project Linus UK** and, although I can’t face piecing and quilting anything large at the moment, a small baby quilt measuring around 30 x 30 inches is eminently doable and will fit nicely under my machine for some rudimentary quilting (which is the only quilting I do).
So, the first step was to cut off those little black beads I’d used for his eyes, promptly lose them down the cracks in my floorboards, and replace them with my even more rudimentary embroidery.
Then, using my stash and scraps, I did a spotted border to reflect those spots on his top and red cornerstones to pick up the hat.
Also in my Parts Department, I had the remains of a batik charm pack and then cut the cornerstones from fabric left over from a quilt I made for my niece’s baby a couple of years ago.
I used a cream fabric with a slightly embossed design for the border and the same fabric I used for the cornerstones as a backing.
Then I marked the quilt top with a simple, diagonal cross hatch design ready for machine quilting.
I had a fat quarter of Provencal fabric in my stash which, with a few joins and a bit of luck, was just enough to make the binding.
To give credit where credit’s due, Miss Tialys the Younger joined a lot of the ¼ inch seams for me while I did the measuring and cutting and, because she’s learning, she probably took much more care than I do.
I hope the baby and his/her parents like this little quilt and it brightens up their days which might have had a traumatic start of one sort or another.
Next, I have a paper pieced dog’s face in the Parts Department which I might treat in a similar way to this but make it rectangular for a bassinet.
While Miss T. the Younger was in the swing of things we made some tote bags together so now she has her own hand made ‘bags for life’ to go shopping with and I have another two to add to my collection, We made them with box corners rather than the more simple shape as I find them much more useful for grocery shopping,
Again, I did all the measuring and cutting out but, hopefully, she’ll show an interest in doing that too eventually 🙄 Still, even if she doesn’t, it’s nice to spend time together doing something creative when she visits. Plus, yet more stash fabric gets used up in a useful way. Those first two fabrics are from Ikea I don’t know how many moons ago.
** from the Project Linus website:
“Project Linus UK is a volunteer organisation. We aim to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home made patchwork quilts and knitted blankets, and give volunteers across the UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.”
Remember I asked for some advice as to whether the foxes on the fabric I was using for the baby quilt really had to be upright which meant messing with the layout of the the design? Well, those pesky foxes have been tamed, turned on their heads, or sides and sometimes even on their feet and have become a quilt for my great niece who is due to make an appearance in June.
As you can see, I saw the sense in putting a narrow, plainer border between the centre design and the busy border.
I also used the same fabric for the back around the centre panel I’d already made from the leftovers of the foxy range fabric. I was quite brave as, although it looks plain white, it does have tiny spots on it. Brave because I usually try to hide my quilting – be it by hand (rare) or machine – as much as possible and the plainer the fabric the more obvious any mistakes.
I stitched in the ditch and round the borders because I felt it went well with the geometric design and, I cannot tell a lie, because it’s easier.
Here you can just about make out those little spots – even more easily if you double click on it.
I had to put the parasol up in order to get these outdoor sofa photos otherwise there were shadows, bleached bits and all sorts. This time last year it was almost constantly raining so I’m not complaining.
If you zoom in you can see that those orange and ‘grey’ triangles are not solid colours but orange with white dashes and white with black dashes.
I definitely think the foxes are fine dancing around the quilt and not forced to be upright. The only thing I’d change would be the colour of the binding as I would have liked to do it in the same orange as the triangles but they are a sort of burnt orange colour and I didn’t have anything in my stash that fit the bill, whereas the white with black flowers was to hand and I am trying to use fabric I already have as much as I possibly can.
I had to miss out the top row in this last photo but it looked lovely draped over the garden gate and the light was just right in this corner of the garden.
I won’t be sending the quilt until the baby is born because I want to put her name and date of birth on the quilt label but, never fear, I have displayed it in the sure and certain knowledge that my niece never has and never will look at my blog.
If you’re at all interested, the pattern I used was a free one I found here.
Continuing on with my baby makes, the main part of the quilt top is finished. It’s hanging on my
flannelette sheet design wall and, as you can see, I decided to stick with the original pattern design for this baby quilt and cast to the wind my concerns about upside down and sideways foxes. Any way up, this quilt will have some foxes standing on their feet and new mothers have more to worry about than making sure a quilt is always laid down in the right direction – laying the baby down in the right direction was enough to exercise my exhausted brain if I remember correctly.
I’ve tried to brighten up the photos a bit this time so hopefully you can now see those triangles are not grey but white with black dashes on. Although grey continues to be ‘on trend’ so I suppose it wouldn’t matter if they were.
It will have a 4.5 inch border and I happened to come across these two cottons which are very good matches for the other colours.
Some confetti spots on a white background
and some bright little triangles.
I made a panel of left over strips of the foxy fabric range which I thought I’d put in the centre of whatever I use for the backing and I’ve been laying out the possible options on my bed.
At the moment I’m veering towards the small triangles for the front (right of photo) and the spotted white to form a frame around the strippy panel on the back.
I’m just wondering whether to frame the quilt top with a narrower border of white confetti spots before adding the small triangles or letting them run riot right up against those wayward foxes as shown.
I’ll probably be doing this sometime today so I’ll show you what I decided next week.
Unless you have any thoughts of course.
An intermediate ’emergency’ post this week, bringing my total to three by the time my scheduled post is published tomorrow and it will only be Tuesday. Tialys overload! Sorry about that but it probably won’t ever happen again.
I wanted your valued opinions on a baby quilt I’m making. The recipient will be my (other) niece who is due to have a girl baby in June. I had some entirely different fabric in mind when I went to root through my stash but then I came across this little lot.
I like the pale green and I thought the orange foxes and small black details would give it a lovely, modern feel.
I chose this pattern from Craft Buds which uses HSTs (half square triangles) and also has a modern look to it so I thought it would be a perfect marriage of pattern and fabrics.
The triangles are made using a method which gives you four HSTs at once. You separate your fat quarters into three pairs, then place two 18inch squares of one pair right sides together and draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Marking a quarter of an inch from each centre diagonal, you then sew down those four lines. Cut through the centre both horizontally and vertically and then cut each resulting square on the original diagonal mark. Confused? Just click on the above photo to see a much more comprehensive explanation.
This is what my fabrics looked like laid out flat.
I expect, unlike me at that stage, you can already see my problem. Those smaller foxes are directional and, because of the cutting method used by this pattern they were all over the place which, because the blocks are large at 8 inches square and the design of the quilt is geometric, just didn’t really look right.
Craft Buds had the same ‘problem’ – see her layout below – but her fabrics don’t have any ‘characters’ on them and it really doesn’t matter which way up a pair of scissors goes does it?
So, despite what I said to Cathy on her blog the other day about direction not really mattering as a quilt is viewed from all angles, in this case, I don’t think I’d be happy with the layout as originally planned.
See what I mean? Click on the photo for a closer look.
So, I then had to play with all the blocks to see if I could make a half decent design whilst getting all the small foxes to stand on their feet. Here they are, precariously clinging to a flannelette sheet on my makeshift design wall…….
……… and a distance shot so you can see the overall effect.
It will have a border around it – probably some tiny black flowers on a white background I have – but this is it at the moment.
HELP!! What do you think? Can you see any glaring anomalies in the new layout? Can you think of any other way I could do it? Or do you think I should stick with the topsy turvy foxes?
Also, what do you think of the colour scheme? Do you think it is ‘girly’ enough? I do have some soft, pastelly, birds, rabbits and flowers fat quarters which I’ve long had in mind for the next baby in the family but, if I used this pattern, I would have had the same problem with direction – although the prints in that range are much smaller so I could probably get away with it.
All opinions, advice and admonishments happily received.
p.s. Another title I possibly have to apologise for but I just can’t help myself.