Lattice Quilt

A few months ago my husband and I went on a fantastic beach vacation to Turks and Caicos.  His good friends were renewing their wedding vows for their 15th wedding anniversary, which made it an extra special vacation.  Since we were going to a beach, I obviously had to bring my beach themed quilt!

I made this quilt as a baby present for an old friend of mine, she and her husband are huge beach lovers so I knew I wanted something to go with that theme!  I had a layer cake of Kona Cotton’s Midnight Oasis collection and the blues, greens, and aqua worked perfectly.

I used Missouri Star Quilt Company’s tutorial for their Lattice Quilt.  The tutorial calls for four charm packs so I just cut my layer cake down into 5 inch squares.  I thought that the construction of the quilt top was very clever and simple.  When I originally saw the pattern I assumed there was a lot of sashing, but there wasn’t any at all which was fantastic.  The tutorial is a great one if you want to check it out.  https://quiltingtutorials.com/tutorial/the-lattice-quilt-quilting-made-easy

My friends are also huge dog lovers and when I saw this doggie newsprint fabric I knew it would be perfect for the backing!  I love text print for backing on a brightly colored quilt, it helps provide some balance and doesn’t’ take away from the quilt top.  I’m a little late giving this one as a gift but I know they will still enjoy the quilt!

Baby Quilts…Part 2

I made a lot of baby quilts in 2017 – five to be exact.  Five may not sound like a lot to some of you, but five quilts total in one year is a lot for me!

The first quilt was completed in January so technically I started it the previous year.  My husband’s cousin (is cousin-in-law a thing?) was having her first baby, a boy, and wanted a southwest theme for his quilt. She is an art teacher and picked a beautiful color pallet of golds, mints, blues, and greys. I knew that she had some specific ideas about how she wanted to decorate the nursery, so I wanted her to also be involved in choosing the pattern and fabrics.  We ended up choosing the Over the Rainbow pattern by Keera Job for Live Love Sew and I used Hawthorne Threads for the fabric. Since they print their own material it is easy to get the exact color and print combinations that you want.  The quilting was done with an argyle pattern which helped incorporate the angles that we wanted, I also used a striped binding which is quickly becoming my go-to for binding.  I really love the way this quilt turned out and it works perfectly with the little guy’s room.

The next four baby quilts were all for my group of friends.  The babies were due within a few months of each other so I knew I needed some quick patterns.  I choose the Summer in the Park pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company for the first quilt.  It was for a baby boy so I picked a Kaffe Fassett jelly roll with blues and greens and paired that with a solid white jelly roll.  This pattern was a lot of fun to make, although some of the points were hard to match up since the cut is on the bias.  I had this one quilted with little cars and curvy lines.

The second baby quilt was for a good friend of mine that was having a baby girl.   She and her husband are huge animal lovers so I wanted to do something with an animal theme.  This turned out to be surprisingly difficult as I had trouble finding anything that really inspired me.  I had a jelly roll of Hello Love by Heather Bailey that would be perfect for a baby girl and one of the prints in the line had octopuses on it.  I had also wanted to make the Modern Trellis pattern by Must Love Quilts for a while and was able to use the jelly roll for it.  This one had flowers, dragonflies, and ladybugs quilted on it, the cream background really shows the quilting pattern well. Though creatively challenging, I’m happy with the results.

Next in line was a friend from work. She was planning a zoo theme with bright colors for her nursery and as soon as I saw these Robert Kaufman Urban Zoologie fabric panels I knew I had to use them.  The panels originally had some lighter colors, including a baby pink as the natural border, and I knew that I wanted to brighten those colors up.  I chose some coordinating blues, greens, yellows, and oranges and added a new border to the panels, I also made some simple square blocks for filler.  This one came together very quickly and was quilted with adorable zoo animals.

The last quilt of the year is one of my favorite baby patterns to make, it is the Sunshine and Shadow pattern from the Tradition with a Twist book. I’ve made it twice in the past but unfortunately didn’t take pictures of them. I used Hawthorne Threads again to pick six fabrics from three different colors – I used blue, mint, and grey.  I had it quilted with a curly star design and used the stripe binding once again.  One day I need to make this pattern in a large quilt for myself!

I’ve seen most of these quilts many times since making them. It always makes me happy to see them getting worn and used for their intended purpose.

And that’s it for baby quilts, at least for the foreseeable future!

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Baby Quilts…Part One!

Hey Everyone!  It’s been awhile since my last post. My husband and I have taken a few small trips this spring and we all know the backlog that creates when returning back to real life. But for the first time in years I don’t have to count a baby quilt as one of those pending items!

Over the last ten years I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t at least one baby quilt in progress, often times more. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of some of the earlier ones but I’m getting better at documenting my quilts.

The first of many baby quilts that I made was in 2009 for my sister-in-law’s first child.  This is one of the few baby quilts that was actually a “baby” size.  I used the Hanky Panky pattern by Darlene Zimmerman and Rachel Shelburne and my mother-in-law picked out the fabric.  Both my SIL and her husband met at Texas A&M so the corner stones of this quilt has the Aggie logo. 

For her second son she helped design the pattern and also asked for a larger quilt that he could continue to use as he got older.  This was the start of making lap-size and larger baby quilts and I’ve made the larger quilts for almost everyone since. This was the first quilt that I ever appliqued and I naively chose the argyle print for the lettering.  I love the pattern and fabric but the appliqued block was definitely a learning process for me.

 

In 2013 I made a quilt for my best friend using the Lucky Square pattern by Sew Crafty Jess.  She and her husband are big travelers and were engaged at Versailles, I used a map of Paris on the back and color patterns to match the baby room on the front.  It’s a fun and colorful quilt.

The quilt for my sister-in-law’s third son was really enjoyable to make. The pattern was quick and easy and I used a lot of bright colors, some were from my stash and others were random fat quarters that I picked up at my local quilt shop.  The quilt pattern is Off Track by Cluck Cluck Sew and measures at 58” x 63”.  I also used a fun backing material on this one, it is a Viking’s travel map from Timeless Treasure. 

In 2016 I finally had the opportunity to make a baby girl quilt and had a lot of fun picking out the fabric.  My SIL found this adorable deer fabric from Hawthorne Threads and chose the Hopscotch pattern from Thimble Blossoms.  This quilt turned out to be one of my favorite quilts I’ve made; the pattern is stunning and the fabric line is gorgeous.  This was also the second quilt that I’ve ever taken to a long-arm quilter and have never looked back.  The basting and quilting process has always been a chore for me and I love that I can just drop a quilt off and have beautiful patterns quilted.  For this quilt I chose a quilt pattern that had ladybugs, dragonflies, and flowers. 

2017 was a really busy year with four baby quilts made, I’ll save those for Part Two!!