Friday, April 9, 2010

Checking out a new book of baby quilts

Tuck Me In Quilt BookI'm an inveterate pattern collector. I just can't help myself. There's something about the planning process that get's me charged up. And that starts with checking out new patterns and pattern books all the time.

So on the list to take a look at was Tuck Me In Quilt Book, which includes projects from Quiltmaker Magazine, one of my favorite sources online for free patterns. It promises 18 patterns for quilt projects with directions for sizes from crib to queen. So it's not just for babies; they're pitching it for kids of all ages.

The focus is on time-saving techniques like easy ways to do applique and paper piecing (which I don't consider easy or time-saving). The patterns are simple enough, a good feature when spending time on a baby quilt meant for loving.

A nice feature is a list of charity resources if you're interested in making a baby quilt for one.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Nope, a panel isn't cheating

Chirp! Birth Record Panel Summer GreenSo, they often call panels "cheater cloths", but really ... is that fair? Calling it a cheater just makes it sound like you're doing something wrong using it. Come on. It's not wrong, it's not cheating, it's not a problem. (I include panels on this blog a lot because they're so cute and typically they're in something appropriate for baby.)

Actually, a panel is a great starting point for creating a baby quilt. You aren't trying to create an heirloom here, you're trying to create something to be loved. You don't need to send a lot of time on the quilt and a panel gives you a leg up on getting something great out the door without spending a lot of time.

Now, you can just use the panel as it is, slap some borders on with the coordinating fabrics and there you go. With others - like the Chirp panel pictured here - you can cut the panel up to serve as the centers of new blocks. Mix them in with traditional pieced blocks and you have a "true" quilt.

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