Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Two Quilts for Baby Girl!

This weekend I finished the binding on one of the quilts I made for my baby girl. Then, last night I finished the binding on the other! Two quilts finished this week! Woo hoo! :) 

Did I ever tell you I LOVE making baby quilts? They are much easier and faster than bigger quilts! Especially when you have a baby belly in front of you! 


Here's the quilt I'm naming "Cup of Sunshine". I used charm packs from the Sunkissed collection by Sweetwater. The colors are so happy... and girly! :) I made a tumbler template using a leftover piece of cardboard. Here's a great tutorial if you're interested in making something similar. 


I did my usual all-over meandering stipple design for the quilting. 


I used more of the fabric from the collection (Picnic Plaid in Pink) for the binding and a simple white-on-white floral fabric that I had in my stash from my mom. I will probably add another tumbler patch on the back and maybe some embroidery. 


Here's my Baby Shower Signature quilt! I used some of the fabrics from Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush collection. I wanted a simple checkerboard pattern so that the white squares could be used for signatures by guests at my baby shower. 


I didn't want to quilt over the white squares, since I thought it might be harder for people to write on them if there was too much texture. So, I did my own design... I'll call it free-hand sloppy daisies... just on the colored squares. 


You can see the quilting design a little better on the back. I opted for a baby pink flannel backing for this quilt. Let me just say this about quilting with a flannel backing... I'm glad it was just a baby quilt. I don't think I will ever do this with a large quilt. I had problems with thread breaking and a needle broke once. A little frustrating, but I got through it. I'm guessing I had problems because flannel is thicker, and a little more stretchy? Anyone else have problems like this? Anyways, it still turned out good. I think it will look much softer after I wash it. :) I'm also thinking of embroidering my daughter's name on the front of the quilt. I'll update with pics of the signatures after the shower!


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5 comments:

Belinda said...

Oh they are so sweet! The embroidery will be a great touch!

Debbie said...

Great job on both! I so wanted to do a signature quilt for my son's K teacher, but I totally forgot until just seeing yours, think I can get it done tonight? LOL. Love your quilts!

Kelly O. said...

what a great idea for a signature quilt! what size do you make it?

Mama Mel said...

@Kelly: The signature quilt is approximately 40" square. I used 5" squares (4.5" after piecing), and 2.5" strips (2" after piecing) for the borders.

bluecottonmemory said...

I know what my second quilt will be: Cup of Sunshine. I LOVE it! Just totally love it.

You might like my quilt poem I did for Sanctified Together. Wished I'd had the name of your quilt to include!

http://bluecottonmemory.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/peace-from-scraps-2/