Each time I finish a quilt, I think “This is my favorite.” If you ask me today, I think that this baby quilt is my favorite. The pattern is Chopsticks from Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. It uses equilateral triangles with various border widths and alternating foreground and background colors. I love how I used a solid mixed with prints to really have the Kona Ocean Blue pop. The prints are a mix of various half yards that I collected over the years. They all use a circle theme, with one showcasing shapes. I thinks that it is a great mix of shapes, as the ‘blocks’ are triangles and the prints are circles. To continue the use of geometry, the back is full of numbers! It was a fun quilt to make and best of all, the pattern instructions were very clear (thanks Julie!).
Here are my link ups this week:
Lots of squares – each block surrounds a 5.5″ square twice. The pattern is from the Kelby Sews Blog and uses fat quarters. The number of blocks is based on the number of fat quarters used. This baby quilt is the perfect size a for a pack ‘n play. I explored a new quilting pattern using more squares.
I started this project with a charm pack and yardage of Kona Cotton Bone. In one night, I was able to transform the entire charm pack into Half Square Triangles (HST). But then it took a week to determine the layout and design. I was playing with diamonds, flying geese, inverted square — there was no end to the variations! Finally, I settled on this layout with a diamond center and an echoing pattern. Tomorrow I will share another project with HST.
With just one charm pack, I made a decent size baby quilt. I even ventured out of my comfort zone and used an echo quilt pattern. More to come later in the week with my exploration of using quilting designs beyond my go-to stippling. Also, I now have name tags for my quilts! I printed a set on fabric paper and appliqued them to the binding.
It has been some time since my last posting, as my I went into preterm labor and delivered my son 10 weeks early in September. These past weeks have been quite busy with no time to quilt, but he is finally home! We are now getting our rhythm down, and today is the first time in a couple of months that I have used my sewing machine for quilting. The past few hours have been very productive! I am looking forward to next month, when I will be able to do a lot more quilting — in between feedings, diaper changes, and snuggle time with my son! Here is a picture of Little Jimmy on his quilt that his Grandma made for him:
Back in February, I finished my Confetti Quilt. I was on a roll creating many baby blankets earlier in the year. I loved my Confetti Quilt so much that I kept it for my future baby — which at that time, I wasn’t expecting.
In the NICU, the isolettes are covered with blankets and quilts from Project Linus and local church organizations. When I saw the blankets and quilts, I knew the perfect quilt that I could bring in for Jimmy’s isolette. The Confetti Quilt was used for his isolette and then used to cover his mattress when he graduated to a crib. Now that the Little Man is home, his quilt will get a lot more use with tummy time!
I am sharing this post in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy’s Creative Side. Click on the button below to view the festival of quilts. It is only the first day and there are already over 200 quilts on display!
I am expecting in November!
Over the past few years, I have been collecting fabric for my own baby quilt. In 2009, I discovered Amy Schimler’s original Animal Party fabric line. These are my two favorite fabrics:
I now have plenty of coordinating fabric to make the baby quilts. I will be making a full size bed quilt and a crib quilt.
I already started the crib quilt with the summer panel. Aren’t the colors awesome for a baby’s room?!
Best of all, Animal Party Too was just released in May! Perfect timing 🙂