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Making adorable quilts for babies

 

Before I tell you about the next quilts mom and I are going to be making, here’s how the I Love to Knit quilt turned out. It’s one of the best feelings in the world when we finish our first quilt, isn’t it?!

 

The quilt front of I Love to Knit quilt
The quilt front of I Love to Knit quilt

 

I love the front of the quilt for the lighter colors, the ‘white’ blocks seem to pop. But I love the pieced backing for the dramatic diagonal stripes! Double the love in one quilt!

 

This is the pieced backing.
This is the pieced backing.

 

The binding was done by joining alternately the different pieces of fabric. We bound one side by machine and the other by hand stitching. We found the Heirloom Clever Clips in the picture below to be so very useful to help ‘hold’ the pleat in place, like having a third hand?…

 

Heirloom Clever Clips help to bind the quilt!
Heirloom Clever Clips help to bind the quilt!

 

As for our next quilting project, we’re going to be making 2 crib size quilts for babies that are coming into the world in the next couple of months. One family member is due in August, the other in September. Lucky for us, both mothers wanted to know the sex of the baby, and to make things even it so happens that one is a girl and one is a boy.

As coincidence would have it, mom had bought this flannel fabric to make pj’s for my daughter and son at least a decade ago, and had some fabric left over. How perfect…although the blue fabric with the stars doesn’t convince me that it belongs with the other two, perhaps it might when we start cutting and sewing the sample block.

 

The blue colorway for the baby boy
The blue colorway for the baby boy

 

Here’s the pink colorway for the baby girl. The solid light pink isn’t the right pink entirely, but I find that it can work and will help to tone down the bold squares from the darker fabric. I also see that a darker brown solid flannel used sparingly will help to balance the ultra pink in this color palette.

Join me next week, I’ll show you what mom has chosen for the design and we’ll probably have some quilt blocks ready for you. Enjoy your week!

 

The pink colorway for the baby girl who's on her way...
The pink colorway for the baby girl who’s on her way…

 

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4:  How to turn a mindless quilt label into a spectacular one

 

Carla A. Canonico is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, QUILTsocial.com, and KNITmuch.com.

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