April 26, 2015

A Cute & Easy Baby Quilt

I finally learned how to quilt on a longarm! I took a longarm certification class at A Quilting Place back in March and am now able to rent time on their longarm machines. My first project was this cute little baby quilt for a friend, and I chose a fun, loopy pantograph. Cute and easy!

I added one of my Spoonflower quilt labels to the back. Now that I have the option to longarm some of my quilts, I might make it through all 20 labels I ordered this year.

Quilt Stats:
Size: I forgot to measure it, but probably 33" x 38"?
Fabrics (front): Riley Blake aqua/navy large chevron
Fabrics (back): gray and white polka dot from Hobby Lobby
Binding: Riley Blake navy/white polka dots using red Perle cotton and this handstitched binding technique
Pattern: no pattern...just two super-cute fabrics
Quilting: longarm quilted by me!!!
Started: April 2015
Completed: April 2015

April 9, 2015

ABC I Spy Quilt

Two of my friends were expecting babies at the end of March/beginning of April. (They both ended up having their babies this past Saturday. Isn't that crazy?) Here is baby quilt #1 which will be for (surprise) baby boy #3 for my dear college friend. I thought an ABC I Spy quilt might be fun since it could involve the new arrival's big brothers.

I based this design on Elizabeth Hartman's Charm Squares Baby Quilt pattern, but added half-charms to both ends of each strip. Unfortunately the English language has 26 letters in the alphabet, so the cute little zebras ended up on the back. (My initial plan was to add the zebras somewhere random on the bottom strip on the front, but my rigid, right-brain tendencies wouldn't allow it.)

I went to visit baby Dane yesterday, and Mom loved the quilt. That, my friends, is why I make quilts. :)

Quilt Stats:
Name: ABC I Spy
Size: 33" x 38"
Fabrics (front): charms from an ABC I Spy swap, Michael Miller Out To Sea Sailors ABC Sky Blue
Fabrics (back): Windham Fabrics Toy Tales
Binding: red and white polka dot from my stash using this handstitched binding technique
Pattern: based on Elizabeth Hartman's Charm Squares Baby Quilt
Quilting: wavy lines by me on my Bernina Activa 220
Started: ???
Completed: mid-March 2015