Sunday, June 22, 2014

Nautical Baby Quilt Finished

I finished the nautical baby quilt this weekend, just in time for the baby shower today. 
I decided to do a herringbone on one side and what I am calling flags on the other although I realize they are really flying geeze (sort of)
The size of this one is big for baby but small for toddler so I decided to test it out on my daughter. Turns out she loved it so I will call this a success. 
She was really excited to roll around on it. 
I did a scrappy binding. I think it added a thoughtful end to the simple quilt. 
My daughter finds a lot of joy in every quilt. That warms my heart. 
My friend seemed genuinely excited that I made her a quilt. She got emotional and I can't describe how great it is to give someone a handmade quilt and they immediately get how personal the gift is. 
It was the only handmade blanket she received. No crocheters in this group apparently. 
This was her telling me how much she was hoping I would make her a quilt. OF COURSE I was going to make her a quilt! She is one of my favorite people on earth and I love her baby already. Here is our bump to bump picture. Can't wait for our babies (due only six weeks apart) to grow up and be close too. 
Yay for babies and baby quilts!!!!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Progress and News!

I decided to go with a combination. Front flags and back herringbone.
I do not love the dark blue I choose but the idea of this quilt was to not buy anything new and make something that my friend will cherish.
Her and I are both pregnant right now so I thought it would be nice for me to make her baby a quilt with the same fabric I used for a quilt I made my baby. Yes, by the way, I am 19 weeks pregnant with our second child. Very excited! There are more baby quilts in my future for sure!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nautical Baby Quilt (Brainstorming)

I am working on a nautical themed quilt for one of my best friends. Her baby shower is on June 20th so less then a month is my deadline. I decided on a half square triangle quilt. I zipped through the triangles last night and started working on the design. I am stuck because I can't decide which I like best. It is amazing how many different looks you can get with half square triangles!
My first thought was mixed up patterns but I just don't love the lack of symmetry. Too chaotic I think. 
I always love chevrons. Hmm. This would be front and below would be back. 
That looks pretty good. But we have another friend who just did her whole nursery in chevrons and I don't think that is the direction for this baby boys room. Oh I didn't mention, they are having a BOY!!!
Vertical chevron??
Diagonal lines? 
Back diagonal lines. 
I started making boxes. Hated it so stopped. 
I don't know what you call this design but it seems to fit the nautical theme well with kind of a moving flag look. Don't they use flags on boats for identifying things? 

Hmmm. Either this or chevron I think. 
Maybe flags front and herringbone back?

Do you have a favorite?? If I get ambitious I may do a fun scrappy outer border. So much to think about and no time!! Must decide so I can get it done in time. Hmmmmmm.  Can't you just hear the gears in my head turning? 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The gift

She was truely excited when she opened the blanket I made for her second baby. 
She is only a month or so from having the baby and she looks radiant. It was fun to spend the day celebrating her and this new child about to become a big part of all of our lives. And the shower was lovely, at a park with countless thoughtful things. Fun day and fun little project. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Finished the baby girl blanket

I zipped through the binding of this blanket I made for my sweet friend who is having a baby girl in June. 
The green minky is so soft, just perfect to wrap a baby up in. 
I am happy I didn't cut this fabric up and went with a simple one piece of fabric "quilt". It is a blanket I would love to own and simple is sometimes better. 
Soft. Girly. Handmade. I think it is the perfect gift to bring to my friends "sprinkle" next weekend. That in addition to the cutest baby bathing suit I have ever seen!! 
Because your girlfriends are responsible to give your baby something friveless and fancy. She is having a summer baby so many cute baby swimming photos I am now expecting to receive. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Maine Vacation Quilt Top Finished

I put the boarders on my Maine vacation quilt and am pleased with the result!
I need to run to joAnns to pick up some batting so I can finish it up. I am so sad that my local quilt store has closed. How I will miss their terrific supply and excellent guidance. JoAnns is not even close. I guess I need to find out where the next closest quilting store is to me and make some new friends. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A quick blanket

Tonight I decided to finally use this beautiful piece of fabric I have been holding on to forever. It is girly and my very dear friend is having a baby girl in a few weeks. I had some light green minky for the back.  After looking at the front fabric for a few years, I never could bring myself to cut it up for a typical quilt. I think it is perfect for a baby blanket. One I would have been thrilled to receive had someone given it to me. I hope my friend enjoys it. I need to decide on the binding fabric..... Likely a solid green. It is my first no cut quilt, so I guess my first regular blanket (with a quilt sandwich).