Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bright, easy baby quilt

The whole idea for making this simple baby quilt came from seeing a strip of pieced flannels in the scrap bundle I received last month from Jacqueline. Feeling inspired, I took that scrap strip, squared it up and sewed it with the coordinating flannels I found at my local fabric store.

One side of the quilt is a meter and a half (or apprx. 60 inches) cut of Sandi Henderson's Farmer's Market
and the other side uses the pieced strip with a solid pink flannel. Now as quick and easy as the piecing went, it took me a little thinking time to figure out how to quilt it. I came up with a continuous, large flower design. Here you can see a close-up of my quilting.

I used a variegated pink thread to freehand machine quilt flowers to cover the baby quilt (along with a few intervals of stipple quilting to cover the corners and quilt edges).Once I had finished the quilt completely, I tossed it into the washing machine. Normally, I pre wash all my fabrics before starting, but not this time. The last two photos along with the first photo in this post show the quilt after I washed it. The fabrics shrank a bit but thankfully, in a good way. I love the softer, crinkly look it now has. Can you see how much more texture the quilt has when compared with the middle photos?

I just need to add a quilt label and this gift is ready to be given to the new sweet baby girl of a friend.
I'm slowly getting my "gifts to sew list" whittled down. I have more gift sewing to share, stay tuned. ;o)

13 comments:

  1. Clever girl! You make it look s easy!!
    Love your flower design quilting stitch.

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  2. It is a lovely pinky quilt! :)

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  3. what beautiful fabrics and colours

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  4. isn't it great where inspiration comes from....beautiful job

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  5. Love the simplicity of this quilt. I am in the middle of making a baby quilt but don't know if it's going to be a boy or a girl, so I might just make 2.

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  6. I love the flowers you quilted on this, must try that sometime. p.s. i never prewash my fabrics!

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  7. All that luscious pink and gorgeous quilting! Great job Katherine and a very sweet quilt!

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  8. What a precious quilt, you've done such a beautiful job creating this gift.

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  9. What a cute baby quilt!! I love the quilting.

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  10. yes, the quilted flowers are gorgeous! nice work! how fun that you found that flannel at your local fabric store!

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  11. I'm SOOOOOOOO smitten....... oh my eyes are feasting!!!!!!!

    Now that's a baby blanket par excellent!

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  12. sorry, but i just drooled ALL OVER THAT QUILT! that floral fabric from Sandi Henderson is some of my favorite fabric of all time. (and now i'm wondering why i didn't snatch up more of it when i had the chance! it's a beauty, Katherine!

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