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.