Thursday, August 25, 2022

Baby quilts and Big Bro too

We couldn’t be more thrilled with the news of a grandson on the way and in turn the big brother status gained, necessitating not only a baby quilt but a sibling one too.   I rarely if ever use panels but since he celebrated his 1st birthday at the aquarium and is a water lover, this one from my stash was perfect. 

I puzzled together a unique composition around the whales finished and gifted early because who can wait?, not me. 

Our guild has an accuquilt cutting system available for check out. At my suggestion, they purchased the Local Color and Drunkards Path dies.  I used them along with the log cabin and flying geese in these quilts, combining as I saw fit along the way. 

Design wall designing is my favorite process. I used much of the same fabric that was featured in the previous baby quilt and my sons bed quilt. 

Once again, my DIL and her sister are expecting with due dates close together so I made this one pictured below for her with fabric and elements that are intentionally  “related “. 

A modern traditional vibe mixing vintage and current fabric lines from stash. Playing with transparency makes me just want to explore more.  I didn’t sew a sibling quilt for her but did use the Tula dear in the center as a nod to the hexi quilt that was a fun memorable collaboration sewn with my DIL.

The drunkards path die cuts in two sizes and a minimal palette and design is what I focused on with this quilt made for my friends daughter’s baby. 

I know some makers work on one project at a time and I’ve never been one of those, preferring to multitask and have quilts of different kinds in various stages to keep my interest.   It’s unusual however to be juggling four start to finish simultaneously like these four. 

All the secret sewing now revealed - one long blog post for finishes 13, 14, 15 and 17 for a very productive 2022 seems appropriate.  You can read all about quilt 16 in my last blog post   

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  1. wow. What a wonderful mix of fabrics and projects! I love the panel you used for your grandson.

  2. You have been so productive this year! You make me feel like a slacker. But I love all the ways you've approached making baby quilts. (Gosh, so many babies in your life!) I've never made a quilt using a panel... because I've never bought a panel. But you made that whale one look great! Interesting that you've used an Accuquilt for cutting. I tried one once (one of my quilting groups has one to loan out) and didn't care for it because it seems like there was so much fabric waste. Still, I love the design you came up with, and that bit of transparency is really interesting. Keep multi-tasking on your quilting projects; you're extremely good at it!


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