Thursday, June 28, 2012

New book yields great baby shower gift ideas


New book out worth a look. Baby Times: 24 Handmade Treasures for Baby & Mom is full of perfect ideas for baby gifts as well as items to make for your own child.

The book is divided into five sections based on the purpose of the finished item:

  • Party Time - good shower gift ideas
  • Home Time - nursery items
  • Go Time - take with you items
  • Dress Up Time - clothing
  • Play Time - toys

Note that the clothing section is more about mom playing dress up with the baby than the child playing dress up.

There are some cute baby quilts in the home section, but also blankets in the party one and a playmat in the last one. The designs are generally very modern in style and you could easily put together several in coordinating fabrics for a great baby shower gift.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

2011 Challenge: Butterfly Hoedown - Boy


This pattern turned into a boy version wasn't easy. And after I had already got going, I realized I should have made the flowers into dresden plates with smooth edges. Oh well. Still, the color scheme and fabrics lend themselves to this being a boy quilt. The corners and side squares were supposed to be hand appliqued, but I am about appliqued out at this point. Just went with the print there instead to fill those big spots. I'm not sure I'm liking the high contrast between those and the pieced border blocks, though, I have to say. Sigh.


The back on this one is just some brown dog print I found on the red tag rack at Joann during a 50% the red tag rack sale. So I think I got it for a buck a yard. Seamed up the middle and done. Yeah!


The quilting on this one I tended to copy a bit from the book. Freehanded the spirals in the centers out to the loops in the petals, then stippled in the background. Lots of in the ditch with the other borders and a back and forth out in the outer border. Nice thing about the back is that the quilting really blended into it well, although I was seeing improvement with my free motion so it didn't need to be hidden as much.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

2011 Challenge: Diamonds Royale - Neutral


Neutral version of this pattern, which I have to say will never be my favorite. Just can't get that mitered corner to work right at the point where it meets the quilt center. Anyway, this was a great opportunity to use up most of that red teddy bear fabric that went into the borders, as well as some odd kinds of solids in the center. I'm kind of liking how it came out (from this far away!).


One of the problems I have with this pattern is that I just can't seem to come up with anything good to use for quilting the middle that would allow for continuous quilting the entire thing. And the extreme contrast between the diamonds and the sashing doesn't help. I ended up doing some stacking pebbles - alternating big and small - done just freehand and with a line down the middle to keep me from having to travel. So it's probably more a string of pearls than stacking pebbles. The borders I used a stencil I had, marked with my Frixxon pens. I used the iron to take out the marks, then later noticed some white residue around the markings. But it all washing out just fine, so I wasn't going to worry about it.


Pieced the back again in my effort to try to get rid of some of this fabric. And didn't even notice until I put the picture in that I didn't center the front top to bottom with the back. Oh well. I love using up this fabric, but pieced backs like this are pretty time-consuming. I'd rather be piecing a front, thank you.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Patterns for a dog baby quilt

I noticed a few people looking for dog patterns and while we've certainly talked a lot about other animals, I've never looked to see what the options are for making a dog quilt.

I did find two patterns recently, both appliqued and perfectly sized for a baby quilt.


The first is from Cabbage Rose and it's called Max. (Did you know that's one of the most common dog names?) It combines fusible applique blogs of labs with pinwheel blocks and square in a square blocks. Finishes at 48"x 56", with 8" blocks.


The other one I ran across also uses applique dogs, only this time Scottish Terriers. It's called Bitsy Button & Friends (great name for a terrier) and includes nice touches like prairie points around the inside of the border. Now, the pattern calls for accenting some of those with buttons, but that definitely makes it inappropriate for a baby quilt so don't. Finishes as a 48" square and is layer cake and fat quarter friendly.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

2011 Challenge: Baby Charmers - Neutral


Love the way this one came out. At least in the photo! Ha! Actually, this really is a nice little quilt and the neutral version. The girl was done in pink instead of green, the boy in blue. Otherwise, they're almost identical quilts done with the same novelty fabric. Sweet.


Two things I did on this quilt that were learning opportunities. First was the prairie points. Which, while they look cool, are probably not worth the extra work in my book. Yowsers. I thought the ruffle on the girl's quilt was tough. Worked very hard to make this one perfect and it came out beautifully, but I don't think I want to do them again, thank you.

I also actually marked the quilt to quilt it with a stencil I had, then used *gasp* green thread on the cream so it became almost like doing embroidery. And am realizing that if I'm going to mark, I need to be more careful about actually following the lines, otherwise, what was the point! But the extra quilting I did on this one did make the back all nice and crinkly, which I love.


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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Embroidered blocks make these animal quilt patterns special

It's easy to see why animal quilt patterns make great designs for babies. So many themes for a nursery involve farm animals or jungle animals or safari animals. Oh, and don't forget Noah's Ark, which pretty much uses every animal there is!

I was poking around to find some new animal patterns for quilts and ran across some from Jack Dempsey that are a little different from what I usually feature. The blocks are provided for you and the design comes from embroidery rather than fabric. I picked out a few I liked for making an animal baby quilt either from blocks or a whole top.

The packages come with the fabric you'll need printed with the design, along with a list of the DMC colors you'll need.


Jack Dempsey Nursery Quilt Block 12pc Zoo Animals
Zoo Animals
12 9"x9" blocks in popular zoo animals
with the names included on the blocks.

Jack Dempsey Nursery Quilt Block 12pc Farm Animals
Farm Animals
12 9"x9" blocks include sheep, dog, pig, cow,
duck, chick, cat, horse, bull, rabbit and two barns

Jack Dempsey Quilt Top Crib Jungle Fun
Jungle Fun
Full quilt top with lion, frog,
monkey, elephant and giraffe

Jack Dempsey Quilt Top Crib Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark
Full quilt top features Noah holding an umbrella
in his ark surrounded by a variety
of animals, some in groups of two. 

Jack Dempsey Nursery Quilt Block 12pc Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark
12 9"x9" blocks include 10 blocks with a pair
of animals, 1 with an ark and 1 with
the caption All Creatures Great and Small


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Saturday, January 14, 2012

2011 Challenge: A Star is Born - Boy


I was drawn to this monkey fabric after the challenge started, so it didn't really help with getting my stash down! The rest did, however and this is really a cute quilt. Tons of tiny pieces around the edges, which she wants you to sew a square twice and then cut. I just cut triangles and sewed away. I wish I had used a different thread around the stars; they kind of blend in with the rest of it.


The back was also a use up stash. I have an entire bolt of the animal print thinking it would be a great backing fabric, which it is when I can find the right quilt to put it on. Doesn't really go with the brown fabric of the binding, but I was OK with that. And I used up a bunch of the monkey fabric, leaving me with very little left for my scraps. Yeah!


Quilting on this is simple wavy lines, which I did with the walking foot. They crisscross the center, then I did a few around the borders. The red version of this quilt, I did wavy lines around the triangles in the border as well, but I just didn't want to take the time this time. Yowsers.

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