Baby Quilt Finish : About Time!

I finished this baby quilt TOP at the end of January. I had a lot of fun with it…no pattern; just making it up as I went along, finding some simple children’s’ templates online for the applique figures.

This is for a friend of my youngest son and our family. To show you how slow I am in regards to baby quilts, this is for their THIRD baby. I think that if you want a quilt from me you need to have at least three and then I might get around to it :) Well, I do almost everything by hand so I am slow.

Once I finished the top and got the layers together, while I’ve tied quilts with yarn and crochet cotton, I decided to go with perle cotton on this one. ( I hand quilt but also tie, especially for ones that will get a lot of use. )

I got about 2/3 of the way through with the tying and then got bored with it and put it aside. I picked it up again over the last two weeks or so and finished the tying and binding.

It’s more of a TODDLER quilt than BABY  in regards to size.. it measures 43 x 57 and that’s good.. the siblings can think that it is for all of them, versus feeling any jealousy over the new baby.

While I tied the quilt, I did request that the mama bring over tracings of the big sister and brother’s hands and those I hand quilted in to one of the borders.

Freshly washed on gentle with Color Catchers and currently drying on the line in a nice May breeze….

Just brought it in not too long ago …the sun is shining on one side of the house and the skies are darkening on the other side; looks like a spring rain storm is on its way!

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QUILTS: Binding One, Tying One, and Barb’s Fan Stencil Arrived for the Third one :)

Around the middle of January I decided to make a baby quilt for a young couple who are best friends with my youngest son.  The baby boy is due in July. I didn’t do much else but work on it since then and I am to the point where the top is done, the quilt sandwich is done, and in the end I decided to tie it.  I did request that they trace the older sister and brother hand prints for me to hand quilt in to border sections.

I decided to tie it because I want them to use it. If I hand quilted, it would go on to a shelf as a priceless heirloom and they’d never touch it. I’ve learned this over time when I gift quilts.  I made this quilt to be bright and happy so that the baby could enjoy it, not have it on display and never used.

I have tied quilts with yarn and crochet cotton. This time I am using perle cotton after doing some research online that it would work as well. You can barely see it and that’s what I want.  Oftentimes when I show a tied quilt I have some questions. I use a curved needle. I bought a set of four of them in JoAnn Fabrics….not in the quilting section but the basic sewing section. They work great.   I use a long section of thread and pull it through, leaving enough thread to tie a knot 4 times, and then trim.  There are a few tied quilts from when my boys were little still in use, washed over and over and treated roughly, and now the grands are using them. Tied quilts hold up very well.

Once that was done, I could get back to the Botanical quilt, which is also to be gifted…in this case to a bride and groom. I trimmed the batting and backing and folded it up for another day, and then decided to take a photo of the hand quilting from the back.

This is how nice and ‘crinkly’ it looks even prior to washing it :) This is why I love hand quilting :)

Finally while I’ve not kept track of when it was started, the Rose of Sharon top was finished December 4: 2016 and I am finally getting around to quilting it :)

It measures 55 x 55

Because the last hand quilting project ( Botanical ) had me slowly and meticulously echo quilting applique flowers and then cross hatch quilting, I wanted to do something different for the Rose of Sharon quilt.

I ordered the large fan stencil from Barb at Fun with Barb and I can see why she wanted to design and produce one like this! :)

So one to bind, one to tie, and one to hand quilt !

Quick update : If you’ve read previous posts I had to get a new computer, hate having Windows 10 versus Windows 7 and was upset about losing Picasa. Thanks to Eileen at Viewing Nature with Eileen, I was able to find a site to download it. I was so happy to have it back since I am familiar with it, and I can use it within my computer versus having to go online which is the case with PicMonkey and many others.

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