Thursday, December 30, 2010

Puppies and kittens rule in this baby quilt pattern

Oooo. Nothing is cuter on a baby quilt than puppies and kittens. So sweet. (Well, I can do without the cats. I seem to be the only cat-phobic quilter ever, based on most blogs. Anyway ... .)

This Polka Dot Pets Pattern mixed what looks like a seven-patch (I know, but that's what I count) block alternated with appliqued dogs and cats. Love this in the pastels, but I would think it would also look great in strong neutrals with some paw print fabrics mixed in.

Applique isn't my first choice for a baby quilt, but might be right up your alley. And this pattern is on clearance at Create For Less for $5.69 right now.

Nothing say cute quite like puppies and kittens, so that makes this quilt doubly cute, because it has both. These adorable, vintage-inspired appliques alternate with pieced blocks, and join with an outer border, to create quilts in 3 sizes; Baby 35"x 41", Crib 53"x 63", and Twin 71"x 85". Pieced blocks use fat quarters, appliques use a fusible or hand turned technique, and have embroidered details.

Needlings Polka Dot Pets Pattern- Nothing say cute quite like puppies and kittens, so that makes this quilt doubly cute, because it has both. These adorable, vintage-inspired appliques alternate with pieced blocks, and join with an outer border, to create quilts in 3 sizes; Baby 35"x 41", Crib 53"x 63", and Twin 71"x 85". Pieced blocks use fat quarters, appliques use a fusible or hand turned technique, and have embroidered details. Includes instructions, diagrams and full sizes applique templates.


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Zoo Parade pattern collection delivers - and clearance priced!

Little Quilt Company Zoo Parade Collection PatternRan across this and have been meaning to direct you to it. It's Little Quilt Company Zoo Parade Collection Pattern, a slightly wonky stacked strips block that looks really simple to make. (And would work well with one fabric collection or totally scrappy.) But, this pattern isn't just for the baby quilt, but also for a bunch of things to go with it! (Which we've talked about before.)

In the pattern collection are patterns for a crib quilt, growth chart, a My Name Is wall quilt, alphabet to make a name string and 5 designs to embellish purchased bibs. (Aren't they adorable?) Animals in the pattern include alligator, hippo, bird, monkey and butterfly.

Love when designers give you all of that in just one package. And the nicest part right now is it's on clearance at Create For Less for just $3.99!


Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, probably enough to get a stick of gum. I generally only recommend products or services on this blog that I would use personally and believe you will find cool as well. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, December 27, 2010

Save after Christmas at fabric.com

Just got three nice coupon codes for fabric.com if you're in the mood to pick yourself up an after-Christmas gift. All are valid through January 3, so get browsing, shopping and saving!

Save 15% off $0 - $59.99 (Use code XMAS15).
Save 20% off $60 - $124.99 (Use code XMAS20).
Save 25% off $125 or more (Use code XMAS25).

Saturday, December 18, 2010

When to give a baby quilt

It's almost Christmas and I'm sure there's some panicking going on out there to get gifts done. (I'm not panicking yet, but I should be finishing up a project for my mother-in-law rather than hanging out online just now. Sigh.)

Anywhoo. Christmas is a popular time to give baby his/her first quilt, probably second to the birth event or maybe third behind a first birthday. Someone brought up the issue over on a quilting forum the other day about just when to give a baby quilt. She was freaking because the baby in question was born early and she wasn't ready and helping out which meant she couldn't get the quilt finished and just when should she give it and ... whew. You understand right? Ha!

Me, I'm inclined toward giving quilts around the time the baby is born. I want them to have something to lay on is my general thought, plus grow up with. My desire is for the quilt to become their lovey that is in tatters by the time they're five. (Well, maybe not tatters. I hope my sewing/fabric is better than that.) However ... I find if you make a quilt for a newborn, you're really making it more for the parents than the baby. In which case, the quilt might end up hanging on the way rather than being used.

So just when is the right time to give a baby quilt? Does the need or function for the quilt change between birth and one? Would you do a quilt differently depending on when you're giving it? Or do you completely wait until the child is two or three and better able to appreciate the gift and who gave it?

Answer in the comments below or vote in the poll up on the right!

Photo credit: Krysten_N on flickr. Used under Creative Commons license.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Look what I found on eBay!

Not sure why it never occurred to me to scope out eBay for baby quilt patterns. Bad Susan. But my daily alert email came through today with a link to a pattern from an eBay seller and - intrigued - I clicked through. This particular seller is actually cutting apart magazines and selling individual patterns all punched and ready to go in a binder. Very clever! (I think. Maybe you disagree. Feel free to do so.)

I started scoping out the rest of her listings and lo and behold - a duck baby quilt pattern. Since I was just talking about them, it caught my eye. Only a couple of hours left on this auction, but I promise to keep an eye out for cute patterns over there and try to make sure I post ones with more time left to bid! (Like this one or this one or this one or this one. Stopping now. Got carried away.)



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Monday, December 13, 2010

Great minds thinking hexagon turtle baby quilts

Saw in a forum recently that someone was searching for a turtle quilt pattern. Never did find the one she was looking for, but it got me to thinking about how you could do a turtle baby quilt. Have a plan in mind for a pattern I might try to create for it, but during one of my internet meanderings I ran across this version. Not quite what I was thinking but leaning in that direction. Cute, though.

Curious now about the kinds of patterns you keep looking for but never find. Maybe we can help find them together! Leave your ideas in the comments and we'll see what we come up with.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Baby Quilt Challenge for 2011

Goals are great. They help us accomplish things we think are beyond us. And, well, they help us accomplish something and know we've done it. Yea! I've been pondering for some time setting a quilting challenge for myself, but have been kind of stuck as to what that should be. Considered several options. My main objective was to challenge myself here - something where I have to complete new techniques or just force myself to ship, ship, ship.

But what exactly? I started out thinking maybe doing one quilt for every pattern I own. (I'm a bit of a collector.) counting up, I realized I had more than a thousand of them. Do the math and even it I could get one done a week, it would take me 19 years to finish. And would I have to include new patterns I bought in that time? Yowsers.

Since I love baby quilts and blog about them here, I wanted to keep it within that theme. And use it to tackle some new techniques. And challenge my notion that any quilt pattern can be made for a boy or a girl based on fabric choices. Narrowing this down to make it a manageable challenge for a year, though, was tough.

Enter Keepsake Baby Quilts From Scraps. I picked this up the last time Joann had quilting books on sale because the patterns in there are just adorable. And there are nine, which actually works out well for the challenge I've thought of. I'm going to work each pattern in the book three ways - girl, boy and neutral - in the course of the next year. That averages out to give me about two weeks to work up each quilt, which I think is doable.

The big challenge with this particular book of patterns is that she definitely leans toward girl baby quilt patterns. Dresden plate done as flowers, butterflies, ruffles, pink fabrics - poor boys just get left out. But, it should help make the point that, for the most part, fabric choice is everything.

Here are my rules:
  1. Two weeks to do a quilt. This means completing it all the way through the binding process.
  2. Three from each pattern in the book - girl, boy and neutral.
  3. Only changes will be fabric choices with the exception of obvious girl parts of the pattern like a ruffled binding or butterfly blocks.
  4. Quilting design may not be a single overall pattern. Must be unique to each pattern (but not necessarily to each quilt) and incorporate some design I haven't done before.
  5. As much as possible, use fabric in my stash! This might mean a couple of the quilts use exactly the same fabrics/palette to use up some bolts I have, but all the better. (I can already think of one exception to this where my idea for making one pattern "boy" would be to use homespun plaids. Of which I have none.)
  6. Blog post at the beginning with the pattern and showing my fabric choices and thought process behind them. Post at the end showing the finished quilt and detailing what I enjoyed about it as well as any head-banging that resulted.
At the end of this, I'll have 27 baby quilts finished and ready to be used as gifts or donate. That doesn't sound like a lot of work, but it will be. The hardest part will be making these the priority to complete rather than the 30 thousand other projects floating around my craft room!

So - have you set a quilting challenge for yourself before? Interested in quilting along with me on this one? I'd love to hear from you!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Duck Baby Quilt Patterns

Duckies are cute. Cute, cute, cute. And - not sure why - pretty gender neutral. (Is it because they're yellow? Because little girls will touch them unlike frogs? Hmmm.) And since they're cute, they're a fairly common theme with baby quilt patterns. Now, you could create your own pattern using coloring book images as appliques. Or do up any pattern with cute duck fabric.

To give you inspiration (and an easy way out), I found a few duck baby quilt patterns appropriate for any child.


Five Little Ducks (Totally my favorite!!)



Ducks in a Row



Just Ducky Sports


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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Wholecloth baby quilt


Found this picture the other day. It's from the Fons and Porter site, but danged if I can find exactly where. Maybe behind the membership wall? Hmmm. Wanted to give proper credit to the location and creator, but no dice so far.

Anyway, I've talked before about the idea of heirloom baby quilts and what I think that means and entails. To me, this is a perfect example of such. It's wholecloth, so there's no piecing involved, which makes it sound like it's be easier, right? But because there's no piecing, the quilting itself is the design and comes front and center. Which to me, actually makes it harder. Given the amount of work it would take to design and do a quilt like this, I'd want to mount it behind glass to never be touched!

If you're planning an heirloom quilt for a baby, have you considered a wholecloth? Why or why not? Love to hear your thoughts!

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Mama's Boy Baby Quilt Pattern

Lots of people seem to be looking for appropriate patterns for a baby quilt for a boy. Thimble Blossoms Mama's Boy Pattern truly is perfect with a mix of fabrics in the middle and side borders. I love patterns that break out of the borders-all-the-way-around box. The side borders are great place to feature a large print fabric or a border stripe style. The pattern works with your fat quarter stash and finishes at 42"x 50".

Now, this baby quilt pattern has boy in the title, but is easy enough to do for either sex or make neutral based on your fabric choices. Great general style for a baby quilt actually.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Make Life makes a great baby quilt

This set of Make Life quilt patterns from Sweetwater are definitely a great place to look for a modern baby quilt. They were designed to got with the Make Life line of fabric, but you could easily substitute any line for use. Or just be like me and scrap it with stuff out of your stash.

The Make Life Sweet pattern looks like it'd be the quickest and easiest to make up with just straight rectangles. Make Life Fresh looks like it uses quarter-snowball blocks with varying triangle sizes. Love the messing with blocks by dropping pieces and changing scale! Hard to tell what the construction method is on Make Life Go Round but my guess would be machine applique. Definitely need more time for cutting and appliqueing on that pattern, but it is cute!






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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Noah's Ark Panel

Just about every mom considers using Noah's Ark as a nursery theme. While the original story has a lot of unhappy parts, there's potential for cute animals and rainbows and sunshine and lots of happy things that are perfect for a nursery.

Recently (don't hurt me, I don't fabric shop as much as I should!) ran across the M'Liss fabrics at Hancock and danged if she doesn't have an entire Noah's Ark collection. There's great starters like the panel pictured here and more coordinating fabrics than you could imagine. I was going to list a few and got overwhelmed trying to pick them and so ... you go pick your favorites. Here's a good place to start, though. I thought this Noah's Ark Patches one would make a great focus fabric if you were looking to build out a quilt rather than use the panel. (And we all know how I feel about panels for baby quilts, right?)

Sorry; line has been discontinued and is no longer available.


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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Who doesn't love a John Deere?

John Deere designs are pretty popular ... well, not just these days, actually. John Deere has been hot stuff for years. But it's only in recent years that you've really been able to get great items like bedding and baby clothes. If you have a future farmer (or heck, just a boy who's likely to like trucks) on the way, you can make some of your own John Deere items with the great John Deere fabrics available today.

One of my favorites (no surprise) is the tractor panel pictured here. Totally cute. Totally baby. And with the coordinating fabric for the back or to add borders to increase the panel size, cute quilt that's so easy.

Check out a second line of John Deere fabric I found!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Baby Boy Neptune Quilt


Baby Boy Neptune Quilt
Originally uploaded by megrje
Found this on flickr today and just really loved it. It's a different kind of quilt with pieced blocks in just one section of the quilt, then the big sections embellished with decorative trim - nice safe rick rack since it is a baby quilt after all.

And this one was done for a boy, which makes for an interesting use of colors. It's not overtly boyish, not every very baby-ish. Inspired to try something similar myself. How about you?

Baby quilt kit options

Quilt kits are a nice way to get a quilt up and going quickly. Someone else has already done what many find to be the hard work - picking the pattern and fabrics. In fact, the kit typically even means someone else has already cut the pieces for you as well. (Whoo hoo! That's my least favorite part of quilt making.)

But, I find kits for big quilts and for tiny wall quilts all over the place but few that come in a baby quilt size. What gives? Just ran across these called Simple Quilt Kits over at Hancock Fabrics online. There are six different colorways and three different patterns available and they all finish to an appropriate size for a baby quilt. Check 'em out if you're in need of a baby quilt quickly.

Sorry; no longer available.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Make your own farm animal baby quilt pattern

Farm animal baby quilt patterns seem to be pretty popular when I look at my blog stats. I'm always looking for more ideas and patterns, but I realized that creating your own farm animal pattern is pretty simple, especially if you like applique. Just start by finding some coloring pages online with farm animals - cows, pigs, horses, ducks, chickens.

Once you have your applique shapes, just find a pattern that already uses applique or has big blocks or a simple background like the Spring Fling one I've mentioned before. Best part in my book is that you'll have something uniquely yours, not just a copy of someone else's pattern!

Here's a head start on some coloring pages with farm animals to get you started. Look for simple shapes that translate well to applique, pair it with some farm-themed fabrics and there you go. Would love to see what you create!

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