Monday, June 11, 2012

Baby Quilts!

I managed to complete two baby quilts for my niece's baby in very short order.  (Please no one stop by my house any time soon.  It's a wreck.  All quilting all the time means no time for tidying.)

Why did I make two quilts for one little baby?  Well, a few months ago my niece told me she was not able to find a crib quilt she liked, and she wondered if I would be able to make one for her.  Of course I would!!!   I was honored to be asked to make THE QUILT for the baby's bed!  My niece lives a few hours away from me, so we couldn't shop for fabric together, but she sent me inspiration photos of some decor fabric she liked, so I kept those in mind as I headed to the fabric store.

This quilt was the result:

What a riot of cheer and color!  In fact, maybe too much cheer and color... When I looked at her photo again after I stitched, her inspiration fabric was muted and understated in comparison to what I'd produced, and I started to think I'd taken a wrong turn when I shopped.  I worried I had stitched a circus for her instead of what she wanted.  So I headed to the fabric store again and kept the words "soft, muted" in my head as I shopped.  This quilt was the result:

 A toned-down version of the first one, more in keeping with her theme.  I gave them both to her at her shower on Saturday, and she loved them both!
 They both go very well in the nursery.  She'll use one in the bed, and one to cover the back of a chair.  She's not sure yet which will go where.  Here they are, together in the crib:
Ah, how pretty.

I had technical difficulties with the making of the second quilt.  I got the top pieced just fine and the quilt sandwich pinned no problem, and I was zipping merrily through the quilting, feeling like a rock star for being so close to finishing my second quilt in as many weeks, when my sewing machine started to make an ominous knocking sound and my quilting stitches started to jump and go crooked.  Seriously???  I often have thoughts of buying a nicer machine, and I always talk myself out of it, but when that knocking started and my stitches swerved around like I was operating under the influence, I was ready to heave that sewing machine out the window and go buy something fancy and new-fangled.  Cooler heads prevailed, though, and after a careful inspection I realized it was my walking foot that was broken, not my machine. Since I was so close to being done, I finished the quilting using the presser foot, which was not ideal, but went okay.

The pattern is Alicia Paulson's Ollalieberry Ice Cream Quilt.  I've stitched this before, as seen here.  It's a fun little pattern.


Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

They are both so beautiful. Love all the colors. And the back is just as beautiful as the front. No wonder she is so happy with them. Great work! Best wishes, Tammy

Lynn said...

I really like the purply one. Good job for finishing TWO!

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh, very pretty, the both of them!! No way could I choose between the two; how nice of you to gift them both away =).

Glad it was "only" a walking foot that broke and not your machine!


Isabelle said...

So pretty!

millie said...

I love Alicia Paulson and you did a great job with these quilts.

It's me, Millie, Lynn's sister. Thanks so much for the comment on our book post. I had never read the book before and didn't realize it was a movie until today. We happened to see it at our neighborhood library. It's a hardcover copy and the original price is on the book jacket - $3.95!!!!

DKB said...

Lovely quilts,mthe colors are so pretty. I have to ask, are you sewing on an inexpensive Brother? Mine makes the exact same noise and problems you described when I use my walking foot. I am irritated that it has broken so quickly and can't imagine what it would cost to replace it.i think I'd rather have a new machine

besomom said...

DKB, my machine is a Sears Kenmore, purchased in 1992. I don't know who manufactured it. Maybe Brother was making machines for the Kenmore name back then. I bought the walking foot a few years ago at JoAnn Fabrics. I don't quilt all that often. I only made two baby quilts and one wall-hanging before it broke on me in the middle of the third baby quilt. That's not very impressive, is it? I ordered a replacement walking foot online (rather than going back to JoAnn's). I really do think if one more thing goes wrong with any part of my machine or its attachments, I will be in the market for a new machine.