Monday, March 28, 2011

Free (and adorable!) sheep baby quilt pattern

Just ran across this pattern over on the Accuquilt site. Love it! It does use a couple of dies from Accuquilt - one specifically for creating the sheep - but I think that could be done on your own easily enough. The overall look is just really cute.

Note that to get the pattern, you do have to go through the whole checkout system, which means registering, etc.

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.”

Bee My Baby - inspired quilting on this one!

I love the things that come through my email box related to baby quilt patterns. Today was no exception because a link too me to a new eBay auction for the Bee My Baby pattern pictured here.

The pattern itself is pretty simple - large blocks with white sashing and appliqued circles in the cornerstones - but you have got to check out the quilting design! (Click the picture for a bigger image to see what I'm talking about.)

Rather than have the exact same design in each block, some of them are cross-hatched, while the others are doodled with the bee's flight path. It's just a really charming mix that takes simple to spectacular. Love!

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.”

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Quilt show report

Guess what? At big fancy quilt shows, baby and kids quilts are sorely under-represented. So says me after attending my first quilt show. So that makes me an expert. Right? Ha!

Still, I can certainly see where quilts aimed for the younger set might not be show worthy. These tend to be quilts built for utility, not awards. So it probably shouldn't have been any kind of surprise that there weren't many to be seen.

In fact, the only quilt that came close to being a baby quilt was this beautiful bunny quilt by Sally Brown of Colleyville. So cute. Soooo cute. But the real delight is when you zoom in and check out the quilting. The bunnies and carrots quilted into the quilt are just so sweet and clever. And I wouldn't have wanted to be marking this one! Yowsers.

Now, there were lots of pieced quilts that would have been appropriate for kids or a baby - done in the right size and fabrics. But this monster quilt by Kathy Bradbury was the only one I saw that was all kid. Simple enough pattern with all the colors taken from the focus fabric used in the border. But the monsters? All applique and just really well done.

So, do you think a baby quilt could do well in a quilt show? What would it take in terms of pattern, construction or quilting? (This is one of my bucket list things, but I am too impatient a quilter probably to ever do a quilt that perfect. :-)


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.”

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Challenge Update: February

Actual progress to report. I think. Or at least I have pictures to document what I'm up to right now. That's progress.

I have three tops completed and managed to get two basted after I took the pictures. The first one I finished I mentioned last month - the cowboy one. Took me a while to get a back going for this one - not sure what the deal is with that. I wanted to use up some of my scraps, but for some reason, that just proved to be more of a headache than a help. Well, it kind of was a help since I was going to have to piece a back anyway. Running a row of scraps between actually makes it look better than just piecing it. (And of course, I don't have a picture of the back. Sigh.)



The middle quilt is really tiny, definitely lovey sized rather than a crib quilt. Totally cute, totally came out wonky. Have it basted and am using a cute girly pink flannel on the back. Will probably use the main print fabric on the back of the other two in this set, though, just to use some up. Tons of scraps left (why?).

The third is my favorite so far. And the one I was most worried about because the fabric as a collection just never seemed to work right. (See my stack to the right there.) But once all the pieces were small and mixed together, it started working for me. Have some long strips of the border fabric, so planning to piece a back (takes time, boo). My big question now is that the border is supposed to be scalloped. I'm concerned that 1) it might chop off the heads of too many flowers and 2) I don't have enough fabric of the right size/color to make a bias binding. Can go to a darker blue rather than the border fabric or with a white to match the inner border. Just not sure on either count yet.


What does the rest of my room look like right now? Well, I've started piecing up the boy version of the diamond pattern that's on the book cover. And cursing and ripping a lot as I get the hang of the angles. I have a couple more quilts cut out and kitted up. Both drawers are full now, so I'm trying to get a few more quilts done before I cut up the last few. (And find a good stopping point in sewing tops to take time to quilt the first few.) And my sewing table is a mess as I stitch together the petals on the flowers for the dreaded hand applique quilt. It's cute puppies, which I'm hoping will override the flower part on this one to make it boy enough. Should have cut the pieces out to be fans or points, but I just didn't think it through enough. And I'm not cutting out another 108 of those suckers!



And that's where we are. Goals for March are to finish the frog top, start the hand applique, quilt the two basted quilts, get the back done for the blue flowers and maybe do the applique stitching on all the elephants. Yeah. We're a week in to March, I'll be gone for a week at spring break. We'll see if it's possible. (Thinking positive thoughts!) Oh, also need to rethink the challenge update page. Hmmm.


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.”