Friday, February 9, 2007

The Baby's Quilt

I recently posted some fabric that I was going to use in a baby quilt here that I am making for my first grandchild who will arrive in about 7 weeks. I am redecorating my daughter's bedroom so the baby will have a place to nap when he or she is visiting. So I got busy over the past weekend and put it all together and here it is before I bring it to my long arm quilter.It's just simple half square triangles but it's the way you arrange them that makes it so much fun to play with. I admit I played with the arrangement for hours until I got this. I just love the way the diamonds started to show themselves and then there's that red square trying to steal the show.
I was planning to use more of the off white and bow pattern fabric as that is the fabric I am making a crib skirt with but I ended up using less of those squares than I originally thought I would. It will be used as the backing fabric so it will be there on the back of the quilt. Since we don't know if it is a boy or a girl I think this is a pretty good gender neutral quilt. I have also made a quilt for my DIL and one for her Mom's house but I can't show you those until after the baby shower in a couple of weeks. It's just Baby Quilt Palooza here lately!

19 comments:

  1. I loved those fabrics when you showed them, and even more the way you've put them together. Very appropriate for either a boy or a girl! I'm sure you can't wait for that grandbaby's arrival!

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  2. You're right Lisa-I can't wait. Although it makes me feel a little old since it seems like just yesterday I was pregnant with my son who is now going to be a father. Where has the time gone!!

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  3. It turned out perfect, Chris. I loved the fabrics from the start. You've a real talent for mixing and matching them. No need to feel old, Chris--being with the baby will make you feel young! Time does fly, doesn't it. It seems mine were just born and now they're in college.

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  4. wow, love the quilt. it's beautifl! sigh, i wish i knew how to quilt. i bought a little cat quilting package to teach yourself to quilt. you've inspired me to go find it and quilt my heart out.
    i love how the diamond pattern turned out.

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  5. ooh, just found our blog through Kim's blog.
    Sooo excited! Love your stuff! Love your blog!
    And love your quilt! I recently posted some quilts I found at my favorite thrift store... love quilts!

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  6. Wow, Chris, what an amazing job you did! It's just beautiful and you're right, it will be perfect for both a boy or a girl. I love the pattern!

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  7. It sure is fun to play and see all the designs and secondary designs you can find from a simple block. Nothing like a grandbaby to bring on the creative mood *s*

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  8. It is stunning, I love the way the colours mix but define different shapes!! I would love to be able to do something like this!! Is it machine sewn or hand sewn???

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  9. Chris, I love your quilt! The design is stunning. Just perfect!
    xo,
    Kim

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  10. Thanks for all the great comments everyone. To answer some of the questions-it is all machine sewn. I used to do a lot by hand but not enough time anymore so I use my beloved Bernina and sew them. This one will be machine quilted by my friend Susan. I sometimes machine quilt my own quilts but my friend does a fantastic job so I usually let her do them. And to LindaT-You really scored with those quilts at a thrift store. I am jealous of all the great things you girls seem to find at your quilt stores. I once bought a couple of quilts at a yard sale but have never found anything good in the quilt department since.

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  11. I envy your ability to quilt and you sure know how to put it all together.

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  12. Very clever technic. The result is splendid and unexpected.

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  13. It's beautiful! how did you decide how many squares to make of which colour combinations? is there a system to it? or did you start with triangles and only sewed them to squares once you had decided on the layout?

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  14. Thanks for telling me about your quilt. It's fun to see the fabric in another design. I love the diamond shape that emerges. The ribbon fabric is so fun. It lends itself to really picking up reds and blues. We definitely saw the same thing in it!

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  15. Fabulous use of color Chris! That red really stands out. The baby will love it! By the way, I am SO jealous that you will be a grandma!!!

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  16. First, it's just beautiful.

    Second, pardon me for being a complete doofus, but I adore the fact that you made a quilt for your DIL and her mother, too. I have a 2 yr old son and the second I found out he was a boy, when I was pregnant, I started thinking about how I want to be as a MIL.

    THIS is how I want to be. You are clearly a dear, dear MIL and I'm overwhelmed.

    (beautiful quilt)

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  17. Oh man! That is such a cute quilt! Thank you for posting about it on my site--I love secondary patterns, and this one is great!

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  18. I am jealous, I have no sewing skills at all. What a beautiful quilt.

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I pray that risen from the dead,
In glory I will stand,
A crown perhaps upon my head,
And a needle in my hand.