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!



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.

Anonymous 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!