A Big Bear

My husband asked me to make another baby quilt for a coworker who is expecting a baby this summer so I found this quilt that I thought would be fun for a new baby boy.

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This quilt pattern is called “Big Bear” by Annie Brady.  I found it online and I think at one time it was a free pattern using the Big Sky fabric line by Annie Brady for Moda.  I was able to buy the pattern download directly from Annie Brady’s website here.

I only saw the cute bear and thought – that would make an adorable baby blanket.  I didn’t look too closely at the pattern or the size of the quilt.  I also thought I would have enough fabrics in my stash for a little bear quilt until I started cutting.  Most of the blocks are 4 inch or 7 1/2 inches.  This is a big bear!

I had to do some scrap matching and swapping as I ran out of fabrics.

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Once I got all the pieces cut out, I put them up on my design wall so that I could sew them together correctly.  It felt a little like a puzzle!  Really, this quilt was quick and easy and a lot of fun to put together.

These eyeballs reminded me of all my flower circle appliques from last summer.  I’m a pro at them now!

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So the quilt from the pattern measures 59 1/2 inches X 70 inches but I wanted it to be more of a baby quilt so I didn’t add the last border which measures 7 inches.  My quilt came out to 46 inches X 55 1/2 inches.  It’s a little bigger than I would normally make a baby quilt but maybe this one will take the baby through the toddler years too.

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Another option would have been to cut the block measurements in half but that sounds like too much math for me.

I wanted to quilt an all over design on this that would be quick and easy for me to do on my sewing machine so I went with horizontal lines a little over an inch apart.

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I marked the lines and used my walking foot.  I’ll need to wash out the marking lines when I finish the quilt.

I thought I might go back and outline the bear after I finished the horizontal lines but I decided that might be too much.  I don’t like to have too much quilting so that the quilt is a little softer.

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I found this blue polka dot fabric at a fabric sale downtown so I used it as backing and I have plenty left over for the binding.

My binding is finished and ready to be sewn on and after a quick wash, this baby gift is ready to go!

 

Baby Quilts x 2

The past couple of weeks I’ve been working on some baby quilts for a friend who is having twins!

I pulled out my notebook where I keep all the patterns I’ve collected to see what I should make.  One pattern I had is called “Cuddly Critters” and it’s a tumbling blocks pattern.  This pattern was in the Summer 2012 Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts and is designed by Patti Carey.

The pattern came with instructions to use the Fons & Porter 60 degree Diamond and Pyramid Rulers or cut out the templates included in the magazine.  I don’t have the rulers so I used the templates.

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This quilt was really easy to make.  The key is to use light, medium & dark variations of the same color to create the 3-D block effects.

I pulled out three fabrics and got started cutting but quickly figured out I didn’t have enough of those fabrics.  (Wouldn’t it be nice if I read the whole pattern first?!) That’s when the quilt became more scrappy!  I had to find fabrics that were the same shade as the first ones and I mixed them in.

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The fabrics I used were very geometric and maybe it’s that or just the combination of  different fabrics that give this little quilt a modern feel.

This quilt was fun and easy to make and then I bought some flannel to use for backing.  I ALWAYS forget what a pain flannel is to work with!  I layered everything and used my walking foot to quilt around the blocks.  The flannel also makes the quilt a little heavier than I wanted but over time, with washing, it should soften and thin out.

It quilted fine but then when I sewed the binding on, there were issues.  Maybe the flannel doesn’t move through the feed dogs at the same rate as the top or have the same amount of stretch?  I don’t know but my top kept coming out longer.  It definitely took some wrangling to get that binding on.

The second quilt was a pattern my husband picked out.  It’s called “Pinwheel Baby Quilt” and I found it here on the Moda Bake Shop.  It’s by Jodi at Simply This That and The Other.

The pattern called for using a Charm Pack and I did use some Charm Pack pieces but also some of my own fabrics so I would have more choice in colors.  I wanted it to have more greens.

This quilt is a simple pinwheel pattern but has these fun Prairie Points added to the outside border.

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There was a little time spent cutting, folding and pinning these to the inside of the quilt.

And of course, when I bought the flannel backing for the other quilt, I also bought some for this quilt.

I now have the whole thing sandwiched together and I’m trying to decide if I want to go ahead with the flannel on the back or switch to regular cotton.

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It’s a sweet and fun baby quilt no matter what’s on the back.  I plan to use my walking foot again to quilt diagonal lines with the pinwheels and I have some fun green polka-dot fabric for the binding.

I can’t wait to give these quilts away and meet these baby boys!

Cotton Candy Girl Quilt & Extra Blocks

I’ve been hard at work trying to design and make this baby quilt.  I saw a picture of a quilt with this pattern but never could find an actual pattern.  I worked it out on the EQ7 but that thing frustrates me because it gives me the long version of how to make the blocks.  I like shortcuts!  I thought maybe I could make a pink block and a white block and cut them in half & sew them back together but that didn’t work.  Oh, all the trials and errors.  I’m not the smartest cookie in the jar when it comes to math & geometrical stuff but I did finally get things worked out and I like how it turned out.

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I made half square triangles for the center and 2 outside corners of each block and added strips of pink and white.  This creates pinwheels where the blocks meet.  I kept it simple with pink & white borders.

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Now for the exciting part!  I recently heard that Bonnie Hunter is coming out with a new book this Spring called “More Adventures with Leaders and Enders”.  Good for Bonnie but I was like, “What!  I haven’t even made any quilts from her first leaders & enders book!”  If you’re not a fan of Bonnie Hunter, you might be wondering what this is.  Leaders and enders are those little pieces you feed through before or after you sew your quilt pieces to keep the thread from getting bunched or pulling out of the needle.  Bonnie’s method is to keep a box of scrap pieces cut and by your machine and sew these together as you’re working on other projects and before you know it – you have another quilt!

For the last few years, I’ve been a chain-piecing maniac.  I realized how much less thread is wasted and how much less mess is created when you always have something under the pressure foot.  Not to mention how much time you save by not putting your pressure foot up & down and having to re-thread the machine when the darn thread pulls out.  Sometimes, though, you just run out of things to feed through the machine so an extra project that’s ready to go would be awesome.

I’ve had my eye on the Crabapples quilt from Bonnie’s “Adventures with Leaders and Enders” book for a few years.  According to the instructions, I only need 854 – 1  1/2 inch light squares and 829 -1  1/2 inch dark squares.  (If only I had started cutting out squares when I got the book back in 2011, I might be halfway done by now!)  I tried not to let this deter me and I got to work cutting into my stash.  I spent a couple hours last week cutting little squares.  I went house hunting in Moberly, MO and had a quick stop at Appletree Quilting in Columbia.  Now I have more fabric to cut into little squares.

Anyhoo, long story short, I cut some squares and pieced them while I was working on the baby quilt at the same time.  Super easy and I have 5 blocks done already.  Why have I not been doing this all along?

Crabapple blocks

Sweet Little Girl Quilt

I finally finished another baby quilt.  This one is made with pastel peach and white fabrics.  More of those 30’s reproduction prints that I keep finding in my stash.  I winged it with the pattern; putting 9 patches and snowball patches together.

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It’s a simple quilt that went together quickly.  I’d like to use some white flannel for the backing so it’s really soft.

Sweet little girl quilt

I’m also working on a cotton candy pink and white girl quilt.  I’ll post photos when I’m done.

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.

Baby quilt

My brother-in-law and his wife are having a new baby next month but we don’t know if it will be a boy or a girl.  I was racking my brain for what kind of quilt to make and in what colors.  I was inspired by a quilt in last year’s McCall’s Quilting Scrap Quilts magazine by Gerri Robinson called Le Jardin Cerise.  I loved the pinwheels inside of  scrappy blocks.  I shrank the blocks down from 8 inch to 4 inches to make a smaller quilt and made it in blues and yellows with red pinwheels.  I couldn’t decide what  exact size it should be so I added a couple of borders.

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Pinwheel Baby quiltThe really great thing was that I didn’t buy any fabrics to make this!  I used the fabrics I had which actually wasn’t too  hard because someone gave me a whole box of 30’s reproduction fabric fat quarters a few years ago and I just haven’t had the occasion to use them yet.  Some of them had cute little cats and ducks on them so I thought they’d be great for this project.  I did buy the flannel for the back which is white with yellow & blue polka dots.

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The more I look at the quilt though, the more I think it would be better for a boy than a girl.  I always think of pinks for girls but I guess we’ll see.  I figured I could always make another quilt after the baby is born if it is a girl.  I could even use this pattern and just change out the colors.