Wednesday, September 24, 2008

How do you label your baby quilts?

I've been rooting around over at Etsy lately and started pondering quilt labels. I think I've only done a label on two quilts I ever made - one a graduation gift for a former Sunday School pupil, the other a gift for my best friend. Funny. I just never think to "sign" my work, yet I always did on my cross-stitch projects. But if you are making a quilt as a gift for a baby, a label is a great way for you to share something about the reason for the gift.

Anyway, back to Etsy and the quilt labels I found there. Some lovely designs there - some embroidered, some printed, some hand colored, all relatively inexpensive. QuiltsRUS08 features several embroidered labels, including the one with the spools featured here. On this particular label, you can customize the colors of the spools and have up to three lines of type.

The baby in the tub to the right is from TwoGirlsLaughing; I feature their store on my Squidoo lens on baby quilt patterns because I love all their work. Their labels are printed, then hand-colored and just lovely.

Of course, you could always make your own. The ones I did, I printed using plain muslin on wax paper run through my regular old printer, then colored in the design with acid-free markers. You could also just use a permanent marker or fabric markers and write on a piece of fabric. Make it really fancy by putting the label at the center of an album block or add some binding around the edge to coordinate with the backing or the quilt front.

So how do you label your quilts? Do you remember to do so? (Will you remind me?) Any tips to share for great quilt labels?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Farm animal baby quilt - cute panel makes it easy!

Found a truly cute little panel today over at noveltyquiltfabric.com for those of you wanting a farm animal baby quilt. No pattern needed for this guy!

Price is $5.75 for the single panel, which is 100% cotton. Panel measures 23 1/2" wide and 43/44" long and is from Timeless Treasures. Coordinating fabrics include a sunflower print and a stripe that has all the animals out along the pasture fence.

Check over in the flannel section for some coordinating pieces that would make great backings for this panel. There are also a couple of other cute panels in that section in the Barnyard Buddies line from Hoffman fabrics.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Baby quilt tracks - where I went online this week, Sept 12 version

Buy at Art.comBeen meandering various paths online in the past few weeks and have found some great stuff to share. If you like, I might try to do this every week just to share more of the great baby quilts, baby quilt patterns and ideas I find out there.

The Long Thread - This is a charming idea - making quilts from baby dresses. She has several of her own and others that have stains on them and thus aren't of much use to anyone. Check out the first block she's done. She even managed to get some of the smocking in there! (Warning that anytime you do a project like this, you don't have the luxury of having all cotton fabrics or fabrics with great weight. So you might keep these for a quilt that will get light use.)

Make Baby - Get yourself in on their handmade baby quilt contest. Entries have to be in by Nov. 1 and you can enter up to two projects. Win a $100, $50 or $25 gift certificate from Superbuzzy.com!

Ballarat Patchwork - A Kaffe Fassett fabric bonanza in purple and red. This didn't start out to be a baby quilt, so don't expect something typical here. But then, it's Kaffe Fassett, so you know it's not going to be ducks and bunnies.

Quilt Heart - This is such a nice simple pattern that allows the fabrics to shine. I love the black and white border fabric best.

Jeremy and Annie - This was a first project made of simple squares, but cute execution of a quilt designed to match the nursery. Tied and machine quilted for extra security! She mentions making potholders before; apparently that practice was great for the binding work. Hmm. Guess I'll have to make some potholders!

Ramblings of a Writer - She had me right from when she said the fabric was dogs. It's a cute, simple quilt, but even better, burp cloths made to match!

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Baby quilt patterns - checking out twiddletails

One of my latest blog discoveries is the twiddletails blog, in part because she has two new quilts up (OK, one's a table runner) that make for awesome baby quilt pattern ideas. The first is the table runner she calls "Flirting with Fall" that is basically a bunch of wonky stripes in some fabulous colors. Finished with contrasting thread in a scribble free-motion stitch. (I have got to stop trying to hard on the quilting designs. Just scribbling makes things just as lovely as anything else and it's much simpler.)

The second one is called "Random Logs" and is available at her Etsy shop for $199. (Check out the other quilt she has in there as well. Amazing! Love the pieced back. Always a great option when working on a baby quilt pattern.)

(Sorry no pictures on this post. Trying to be sensitive to copyright, so just head to the links to take a look.)

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Would you make a baby quilt with your hubby?

Just checking out a story I found online about a couple that sews together. I can't even begin to image what a headache that could turn into around here. :-) Mostly because I'm highly impatient and want to just do it myself because it's easier than trying to explain anything to anyone else. Sometimes. Hubby and I are a great team in dealing with life, but not always on projects. How about you? Think you could get your spouse or SO interested in working with you? Would you want to?

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Inspired by Baby Quilt Week

I wasn't the only person inspired by crazy mom's Baby Quilt Week. And some people actually were able to sew and finish some real projects as opposed to my virtual ones. I might try to find a small space to set up my machine this weekend to quilt my one project that's been sitting around for a while.

But to help inspire you, check out the rest of the week's patterns over at crazy mom, or take a look at these guys:
  • Trina's Doings - Finished handquilting a sweet purple quilt for her own baby
  • Nicolette - Sweet quilt she did for charity that uses simple squares, four patches and square-in-a-square
  • Reg - Used hourglass blocks in bright colors with white shashings and borders. Crisp and clean and cheery.
  • Wyndesnow - Lovely pinwheels made with two different patterns.
  • Stillmeadow Quilts - Kim made what looks at a glance to be nine-patches, but there are some fussy-cut Poohs in there, so I'm not sure there are actually nine squares in each block, but a mix of squares and rectangles. Creative!
  • Rebecca - Bright colors with fussy-cut animals in the center of a simple block.

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