1st Finish for 2018!
A co-worker, and dear friend of mine, is expecting in February and we recently threw her a baby shower at work. As soon as I saw this pattern by Gingiber, I knew it was the one for her! I’ve been holding on to it for a few months now. To make this quilt, you will also need the panel. This is the second panel of Gingiber’s design that I own and I have yet to use the first one!
The pattern has it’s challenges and it could use some clarity in the steps. I discussed the pattern at my local quilt shop and even they encountered problems with seams not matching up. I challenged myself even more by totally dismissing the fabric requirements and using a jelly roll instead. With my experience quilting, I was able to make this work. It required extra pieces to complete the piecing of the top and luckily there were plenty of strips to make this happen. I have extra strips for my stash too 🙂 The top came together rather quickly! For the back, I selected a sea-green minky and free motion quilted around the animal blocks. I had no idea how the free motion would go, but I just went with it… a little mix of curved and sharp edges helped to mirror the fun prints of the fabric line. For the center sash, I quilted around the middle triangles. For the strip of squares between the animal blocks, I quilted with a zig-zag pattern.
I decided to use darker strips to bind the quilt since there was so much white on the front. I had hoped to bind the quilt with pink, but with the number of strips I needed and the colors I had left in the jelly roll, I decided to alternate with teal and grey.
The zebra is probably my favorite part ❤ Which is your favorite animal on this quilt?
Not only did I make this quilt for baby Emilia, but I also helped plan the shower for mom-to-be. We settled on a pink floral theme and I really wanted to make a tulle table skirt. You can find many examples and tutorials on pinterest. Most of these tutorials will have you cut strips that are looped around a strap around the table…but I just didn’t think this was practical for the table length in our cafe. I also feel that cutting strips makes this fabric unusable for future use. By using yardage, I can create with the fabric after this decorative use. To create the below skirt, I bought an entire bolt of tulle, which was 20 yards for 0.99/yd. $20, not too bad, especially since I plan on making a whole bunch of little girl skirts and selling them at work and Etsy (when I open one). I then stitched two basting strips and gathered the ruffles at home. Once I was at work, I loosened the gathering until the length matched the table. I used packaging tape to hold the fabric to the edge of the table and hid the tape with crepe paper streamers. Isn’t this the most loveliest shower you’ve seen!?
Ahoy it’s a boy!
This was the phrase on the baby shower invite I received last month. With that, I was eager to make a trip to my local Joann fabric store and find some nautical prints for a quick baby quilt. I had no idea what I would make, but I had the invite in hand for inspiration. With the help of my husband (yes, he’s got a great eye for design), we settled on the following selection:
After all the baby quilts I made, I knew the yardage I would most likely need. 3 yards for the front, 1 1/4 yard for the back, 1/2 yard for the binding. That’s a good rule of thumb if you haven’t settled on a pattern. From my 3-Fabric Quilts book, I found a pattern called Simplici-T, which called for the exact yardage I purchased.
I’m very happy with how quick the quilt was to make. It took me only 3 days to complete, as the book even suggests it’s a good weekend project. I quilted long wavy lines to mimic the ocean for an easy finish. What do you think!?
Wait… Neko, get out of the way missy!
Another Project Linus quilt completed! I finished this quilt in August and turned it in to the organization at my local quilt show. While I was there I grabbed another quilt kit with turquoise and grey floral fabric, polka dots, and a beautiful grey flannel back. I look forward to piecing that one together!
Let me show you the quilt I completed for Project Linus this year. I love the retro ice cream shop fabric and the kit had some fantastic pairings including a minty blue fabric for the HSTs. I made tiny four-square cornerstones and added pairs of sashing strips, alternating them throughout the quilt. Quilting was a bit troublesome. I quilted 1/4″ away from the HST seams and stitched in the ditch along the sashing. The batting was thicker than I’m use to and I found it difficult to quilt and keep the sashing taught with all those seams. There was a bit of bunching and shifting, but I did my best to complete the quilting in this manner. In the end, it was hardly noticeable.
The retro ice cream fabric makes up the entire back of the quilt and a blue polka dot fabric finishes the quilt in the binding. As I was putting away all the fabric remnants into the kit bag, I discovered a little baggie labeled “Borders”…. facepalm … oops, oh well the quilt was still a descent baby quilt size without the borders. The ladies from the organization told me it was no problem and that they could easily place them with another kit 🙂 I think I will set myself a goal and complete two Project Linus Quilts next year.
For those who don’t know, Project Linus is an organization that donates hundreds of blankets every month to children in need. There are chapters in all 50 states and blankets are collected locally, then distributed locally to hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, and more.
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