Sunday, February 28, 2010

Baby Girl Quilt

I made this quilt for my niece Paige, when she was 2 (shocker!) so that must have been in 2007 I think. I love this one because its a true baby quilt, the bubble
minkee on the back is so cozy soft and the colors are all very sweet.

There are a few colors I would switch out given the chance (the pink stripey one and the bolder sky blue color) but in all, I think this is one of my favorites. I love the light green backing as well.

I made this one using a quilt patten from Country Threads, called Baby Shower #520.

Whenever Paige comes by I steal the blanket back from her...she really hates that and totally eyes me up thinking I'm going to run off with it. She's right on. Better keep your eye on me Paige!

Yellow Brick Road

My sisters have also had little boys, and I find it very difficult to get good baby boy quilt patterns and they seems to be about frogs and snails and puppy-dogs' tails. For this quilt for my nephew I went loud. And loud for me is really tough to do, I like soft colors and any bright reds are just against my nature, but I tried to have fun with it. I was also able to find a really fun soccer pattern for the border. My neices say that this quilt aged the best as it wasn't too baby-baby as the other two were. Good to know. Also, this quilt (as with the others) is also still on his bed. I made this quilt in 2005 I think, as that's when little Michael was 2, and two is the magic quilt year.

This quilt was made using the Yellow Brick Road pattern, which is so quick and easy! I also discovered the wonderful minkee fabric, this is the plain blue and its silky soft. Its a bit more expensive than the cottons but it comes twice as large and...its worth it!! Here are some close ups of this loud, fun and conversational fabric quilt. Puppy dogs (tails) in the rain, how cute :)

Wild Goose Chase

My second quilt was for my niece Katherine, also in 2003. Katherine is a sweetheart and the most loving child. For Katherine's quilt I had learned a few more tricks and was able to put in a wild goose chase border. This quilt is the most time consuming child's quilt I have made because of that border. I remember putting together all of the little geese for the border and my mother was so excellent and she ironed all of the edges down on low-heat, which is no easy task.

We had a blast and it was so rewarding seeing this one come together. I went for old-fashioned fifties prints and love them still today. They are still popular prints 7 years later, as I can find matching fabrics in the stores today, excellent for putting those scraps to use someday.
I loved the little blue bunny backing and the pink border.

Hmm... looks like my edges are a little rounded...well, it was only my second quilt! Geesh!

My First Quilt

I made my first quilt for my neice, and goddaughter, Alison. I love her, absolutely. I made this for her when she turned 2, she is now 9, so that must mean I made the quilt sometime in 2003. There is a lot to say about giving gifts to children, but one thing I have to say about giving quilts...this quilt is still on her bed. Nothing like having a comfy cozy blanket. I think she's due for a new one.

As you can see from this image, I used a large animal print for the larger squares and alternated with 9 patch. It was a great starter quilt.