I currently am working on the most dope baby quilt I have ever made. Not kidding – truly the greatest. But because that baby quilt is secret sewing, here are some pictures of some other baby quilts I have wrapped up quickly. They are pretty ok…
This was made based on a pattern in wanderlust quilts. I modified and simplified it a bit so there weren’t any Y-seams. I used V and Co. Ombre. Something about the ombres, especially the yellow and turquoise make it look light the quilt is lit from within. I used Kona Medium Gray… and my favorite baby boy quilt back fabric of the season, this Zoology print..
I loved giving this quilt. The mom recipient is one of my favorite people. And she really loved the quilt.
Next up is a quilt made for a friend who was going to be surprised by the gender. When I ask what colors a nursery is going to be decorated, the trend is going to get very specific answers. Which I would be the EXACT SAME if I was decorating a nursery. But as a quiltmaker, I yearn for free color and artistic control. So when this mom said, “um, I don’t know, green?” I was thrilled. And wowzer did I get crazy with the green. I had a lot of fun with this quilt.
How sweet is that? Love all of those greens – and I do think it will be equally cheerful for a boy and girl. This has become my favorite baby quilt pattern. It is on-point 5-in squares and tied. The tieing and no binding make the quilts lay flatter and look cleaner.
I backed this quilt with a fun all-over numbers green print.
I have made 4 boy quilts in a row, so I was ready for a girl quilt. So I used the same pattern and went crazy with the girly flowery prints.
Oh my gosh, that quilt is my jam !! I still have to tie it, but then it will go to Project Linus. I think it will make a small girl and a family happy. With all those beautiful blooms, how couldn’t it?
I am working towards completing my works in progress. I really have the bug to get everything wrapped up and decks cleared to start some new projects.
This. This is the white whale. I must have this quilt. I must. I have the ombre bundle sitting in my studio. I have the desire. I probably have the skill. I want to own that quilt.
I want to focus on it completely.
And so I am wrapping up things. Last weekend I finished a quilt top so it could be sent for quilting. I wanted to finish a project per weekend, but didn’t get there this weekend. And I am fixated on how much “done” do I need to be. I have a plethora of orphan blocks that should be used for something useful. What do I do about those? I am going to use them up. These decks are going to be cleared!!
- New quilt for our bed. We growed-up the decorations in our room and so I want a new quilt to go with them.
- Living Room wall hanging. I created a new wall hanging for our living room not that long ago. But these mysterious black stains appeared on it when it was washed and it bugs me unreasonably. I want to create a new one to replace it. Goal for getting this done is 1/31.
3. Heather Bailey improv quilt. I still have a lot of Heather Bailey scraps that I want to make into a quilt for my studio. I have started with these adorable blocks. My goal for getting this quilt done is 2/7.
4. Lots and lots of Project Linus quilts. I think most of these orphan blocks from my abandoned farm girl vintage quilt and those that I didn’t use in my stepdaughter’s quilt will make great Project Linus quilts. But creating all of those quilts could take me another 3 months. My “find the gray” compromise will be to work on these interspersed with the WIPs above. I got a start on a baby-sized quilt this weekend with some orphan blocks.
Here is to getting stuff done!!
This is a little quilt I made for a coworker who had a very difficult birth much earlier than expected. It is a lot of improv and the “Welcome” block from Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt. All in gorgeous Heather Bailey fabric. I haven’t heard from the mom yet if she likes the little quilt – but I hope so. Mom and baby are healthy and home now. Yay for happy endings.
I have a lot of scraps. When I populated my new Raskogs, I did a scrap purge. I had to face the fact that I will not use a lot of the scraps I had saved. I saved about 75% of them and organized them by color. It was sad to see the rest go, but I thought it was more important to have my scraps in a usable state than to save every last one.
I used my newly-found, calm-inducing scrap organization to start making slabs ala the instructions in Sunday Morning Quilts. It was fun to make these blocks for sure, but more time intensive than I had hoped. I was looking for quick if the blocks were this improv-y. But each block took a bit of time.
I also made some “wonky” stars for the yellow color.
And I backed in my second favorite fabric of all time, this floral from Denyse Schmidt. Which they still sell at Joann. Because the financial gods are against me.
I wanted a blue binding to pull out the little bit of blue in the quilt. I had this adorable stripe in my stash. No idea where it came from. After cutting out the binding I had a thin strip left. That I put in my scrap bin. Sigh.
I don’t think I like working with scraps. This project felt like a bit of a slog until I got to the quilting part. Pure joy. I used a wood grain pattern. My stitch consistency is still all over the place, but a bit better. And it was so much fun. I found myself wishing I had another top finished that I could quilt. So I will get on that. 🙂
After washing and drying, the texture of this wood grain became just amazing and soft and quilty. Seriously, can’t wait to do this again. Motivation to finish a quilt top for reals.
I hope the recipient will love it for her daughter. I do think I am pushing the boundary of how close a friend has to be for me to give her a baby quilt. I might be handing them out on the street corner this time next year. The great news is that a *very* good friend just told me she was pregnant. Woot! And so I can give her a quilt (or quilts) without it being weird at all.