Baby Quilts

People very often ask me to make baby quilts for them or ask if I have some baby quilts for sale so that’s what I’m working on these days.  Baby quilts are fun because they have such cute fabrics for kids plus they’re smaller and quick to make.

I found these fabrics on sale and put them together to make some boy quilts.  They’re not from the same line of fabric, just some I thought would go together.

fabrics for baby quiltsI found a picture of a cute baby quilt online designed by Amy Smart and had to track it down.  I love her blog over at http://www.diaryofaquilter.com.  The quilt is called Cross Weave and it’s in a new book out called ” Modern Baby – Easy, Fresh & Fun Quilt Designs.”  The quilt in the book is made with pinks and whites; definitely a girly quilt but I thought it would look nice with these fabrics also.

My boy-ish Cross Weave

You can’t see real well since it’s been a little dark & gloomy here but the background is a light blue.  The quilt was super easy to make.  The directions in the book only took up 2 pages so you gotta love that.  Now I just need to get some fabric for the back and quilt it.  The quilt in the book looks like it was quilted with straight-line, criss cross type quilting so I’ll probably do the same.  Something simple yet durable.

I bought half yards instead of quarter yards  for this quilt because of a fabric sale so I had quite a bit left over.  I figured I would just make another quilt.  I found a fun tutorial at the Missouri Star Quilt Company web site called “Amazing Jelly Roll Quilt by 3 Dudes”.  This wasn’t a jelly roll but I was able to cut the leftover fabric into 2 1/2″ strips.

Fabric stripsThe tutorial tells you to sew the strips together in 4’s.  Then cut into squares and sew with fronts together but turned going in different directions.

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After you sew those together, cut diagonally from corner to corner and then put back together in blocks.  These blocks were fun but if you have a little OCD, they can make you crazy!  I put them together a million different ways and finally decided there was no perfect way.  Random here is good.

DSC01476The bad thing is then when you start sewing, they tend to get messed up again.  Just sew and don’t look.

I ended up adding a couple different borders of different sizes until I ran out of fabric.  Now I have to get some more of the green polka dot fabric to finish it up but you get the idea.

Jelly Roll baby quilt

Jelly roll baby quilt

It turned out really cute.  Now I just need to do some quilting and I’m looking forward to working on some baby girl quilts.

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It’s Done!

I finally have the Kansas City Star 2013 block of the month quilt top done!

KC star BOM quilt

Yea!  And just in time for the new block of the month although I’m not sure if I’m going to do it.  I’m definitely ready to move on to a new project.  I’m putting this quilt top away in hopes that someday soon I’ll have my own long arm machine to finish it with.  I’m probably kidding myself since I’ll have 2 kids in college this fall BUT a girl can always dream.  When I do get my own machine, I’ll have lots of tops to practice on.

My next project is a baby quilt or several.  I always get asked if I have some to sell so I thought that would be a fun project.  I just picked out some fabrics and can’t wait to get started…