Thursday, January 26, 2017

Baby Quilt...

A week or two ago I dropped this quilt off at a longarm quilter. In the course of our conversation I told her that in the past I really didn't like to quilt that much. I love sewing projects that I can finish in a day. That has left intricate, complex quilt patterns out of the picture for me. In response she said, "So you're a seamstress, not a quilter." My reply, "Mmmmm, not really. I'm more of a sewer." That's how I've always thought of myself. I love quick and easy projects that can be finished in one afternoon and given away the next day!

A month ago I came across this star quilt pattern. I loved the simple pattern, so I decided to try my hand at a couple of baby quilts. I sized it for a baby and gave it a go.

I think this simple quilt has turned me into a quilter. I've decided quilts don't have to be intricate and time-consuming to be beautiful. I chose some fabrics from Hobby Lobby. The floral print (in the center) is one I've bought for a number of project, so I decided to build the quilt around that print. {The colors of the quilt are more accurate in the photo below than in the other pictures to follow.}

We have two granddaughters due in the next couple of months. This is for the baby due in March. The baby's momma loves soft pinks, grays, whites and beige colors. I hope she'll like this quilt. More importantly, I hope the baby will grow to love it.

The other grandbaby's quilt is waiting to be longarm quilted as I write. That one features the same floral and blue fabrics, but instead of the soft pink, it has coral colors. I'm anxious to get that one back too.

The beauty of this particular pattern is that I cut it out and finished the top of the quilt in an afternoon. Just the way I like it!

I think if you're going to have a simple pattern, like this one, it really helps to get it professionally quilted. The quilting made a world of difference and I love the texture it added to the quilt.

I made some bias tape from one of the fabrics I used in the quilt for the binding. This arrow fabric (with gold metallic accent) is cute on the bias.

For the back of the quilt I just used the floral print and this beautiful soft pink swan fabric...

The moral of this story is... don't ever count yourself out. I didn't think of myself as a quilter, but this easy pattern has made all the difference. I kind of love quilting now.