Monday, May 30, 2011

Simple lines make this a fast baby quilt


Just ran across a new pattern over at Create For Less. (How anyone manages to buy patterns there I will never know given the sheer number of them! Aren't you glad I shop for you?)

It doesn't say how wide the strips are in this one, but it certainly seems like something you could easily do with leftover jelly roll strips or just out of your scrap basket. (Or bins if you're like me.)

It's not just strips, though. There are some four-patches tossed in, although I never noticed until I read the description. They're pretty well hidden within these color schemes. You could probably work those in some more contrasting colors if you wanted them to stand out more.

It's a fat-quarter friendly pattern, which is great for those of you who can't resist the fat-quarter bin at the store. Make it without the border for a perfect 36.5"x48.5" size or add the border (or borders if you like) to make it bigger.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fabric clearance over at Connecting Threads

For the record, I have actually done some sewing today. But I also did some fabric buying. (So much for cutting down my stash!) Who can resist when it's solids and tonals at almost half off!

Check out the fabric clearance at Connecting Threads. Lots of solids and other fabrics that would work as blenders and so forth. I had the hardest time deciding which ones to get and to not just buy everything! Minimum half yard cut and you get free shipping when your order goes above $50. W00t!

(They also have a seconds area, which I didn't notice until after I had placed my order. They're fabrics that weren't printed right in some fashion, but would work nicely in lots of places. I buy this kind of stuff all the time at a local dealer and just work around the problems. At that price, it's worth it!)

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Weave a beautiful baby quilt with basket pattern


If you're like me, you have overflowing bins of scrap strips and a constant need to find ways to use them up. I'm pretty sure mine are part rabbit.

So I really like the Cluck Cluck Sew Basket Case pattern for using up that bunch of 2.5" strips. Or you could go with a pre-cut Jellyroll strip roll like the pattern calls for. The quilt finishes up more of a lap quilt size than baby quilt, but you could drop some of the center blocks or leave off two of the three borders.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Modern design great for featuring fab fabrics

Last one for a while in the "fabric featuring" set of patterns. This one called BQ from Maple Island Quilts is really, really cool and looks complicated. But I'm pretty sure looking closer that it's pretty simple with all rectangles and squares.

The blocks are a huge 18" with the single fabric square making up 12" of that. So a fabric (or fabrics) with a large pattern would be perfect here. And even though the pattern doesn't call for a border, you could toss one on anyway, if you like.

The pattern has a 48" square size meant for a wall hanging. I would think you could just do one more row of blocks and get a 48"x66" size. There's a 54" wide lap size as well, so there's some math off here somewhere for me! Not sure how you can go from 48" wide to 54" wide without borders with an 18" block. Huh.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Chain Reaction a simple, stylish design for baby quilt

Who can spot the trend? Yes, I seem to be attracted lately to patterns that can use up novelty fabrics or feature those types of designs. (Gotta be because I've been trying to clear out my stash with my quilt challenge!)

Chain Reaction is a new pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew over at CreateForLess, and I was drawn to it immediately. Looks a little different, but if you look closely, you can see that it's really a simple design. I'd think it could be sewn up pretty quickly.

Use up scraps of a fabric line, do it as an eye spy style or just feature a cool novelty fabric. I'm not normally a fan of gray, but I do like how it's used here to provide a calming backdrop so that the square-in-a-square-in-a-square blocks stand out more. I'd probably want to quilt on it with a variegated thread to liven it up, though.

The pattern finishes at a perfect 49"x 57" size for a baby quilt, but I bet it'd be easy enough to figure out how to make it bigger or smaller as needed. Oh - and you could use an extra block to make a diaper bag or pillow to match!

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Friday, May 6, 2011

A "me collage" style quilt for baby

Another great pattern to use up some novelty fabrics - All About Me from Atkinson Design. This might be more appropriate for an older child that has a personality to tie the fabric designs to, but I can see this working for a baby as well. Pick designs that are stereotypically boy or girl or baby or things that would mean something to the parents. Or just go completely random. There doesn't have to be a rhyme or reason for everything!

This pattern can be made up in several different sizes, including a 44"x 55" for a typical baby quilt or a 55"x 66" for a bit bigger option. (Neither of which will work with a crib quilt sized batting as they are currently packaged. Argh.)


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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Baby bottle applique baby quilt pattern

Odd that you don't see baby bottles on more baby quilts. And I didn't even realize how unusual it was until I saw this pattern from The Pattern Basket. It's called Nap Time, appropriately enough. Baby needs his bottle and blankie!

This one reminds me a little bit of the jars pattern that uses novelty fabrics. You can make each bottle unique and change the color scheme to suit. The blue in the picture could easily be changed out for pink or purple or green.


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