Posts Tagged ‘baby’

  1. sphere charm pack baby quilt

    June 12, 2016 by Angie

    I finished my seventh quilt for my friend’s adorable, new baby boy. She’s a quilter too!

    Robbie holds up the completed quilt

    Robbie held the finished quilt up for this photo. Thanks, Robbie!

    I’d been holding on to the charm pack I used for a while. It’s Sphere by Moda. The fabrics are really modern and I thought they would be great for a gender neutral or boy baby quilt. I’ve been following Elizabeth Hartman’s quilting blog, Oh Fransson, since before I started quilting. I used her free charm pack quilt pattern I saw there.

    Quilt Stats

    Finished size: Approximately 33″ x 40″
    Quilt top fabrics: Moda Sphere charm pack and solid gray fabric (either Kona or Moda – I have tons of both)
    Quilt backing: Solid blue fabric from Keep Me in Stitches quilt shop in Tampa
    Binding fabric: Solid white fabric leftover from another project
    Batting: Warm & White
    Quilting: Dense, horizontal straight line quilting with the walking foot
    Label: Forthcoming!

    sewn into strips

     25 whole squares and 13 half squares sewn together to make the charm square strips

    Sookie hangs out

    Sookie likes to hang out with me in the new sewing room.

    completed top

     The charm strips sewn to the solid gray strips

    squared up quilt top

     Completed quilt top after squaring it up

    about to baste the quilt sandwich

    The backing fabric for this one was extra difficult. I finally got it taped down to the tile without wrinkles.

    peek at the back

    The completed quilt with a look at the back!

    I tried a new machine binding method. I sewed the binding to the front first, rolled the binding over to the back, clipped it down so that it extended past the sewing on the front side, then sewed from the front right at the inside edge of the binding. I’m happy with how it turned out and I think it will be sturdier than hand sewing the back, which is a really important consideration for a baby quilt. Next time I think I will cut the binding strips at 2″ instead of 2 1/2″ because the binding is longer than necessary on the back.

    with the baby beanie

    The finished quilt next to a crocheted baby beanie I also made.


  2. nautical themed baby pillow

    September 15, 2015 by Angie

    My former co-worker had a baby boy! She did his nursery in a nautical theme. I made him this little pillow with a J appliqué – for Jackson – to go with the decor.

    J closeup

    A closeup of the appliqué

    nautical initial baby pillow

    The front of the pillow with rope fabric in red and blue and sailboat print fabric.

    envelope back

    The back is an envelope for easy washing.


  3. baby boy jelly roll jam quilt

    June 24, 2014 by Angie

    Quilt #4 is in the books! This is the “boy” baby quilt made with the other half of the Simply Style by V and Co. jelly roll. I love it just as much as the “girl” one, if not more. I know I’ve said it before but I’m crazy over this fabric line.

    boom, baby quilt

    Baby Boy Jelly Roll Jam Quilt

    slouchy quilt

     Slouchy quilt in the backyard

    My friends had an adorable baby boy the morning after I finished making this little quilt for him. Just like I did for this quilt’s more feminine counterpart, I used this tutorial on Vanessa Christenson of V and Co.’s blog. She created this fabric line I love so much for Moda. The jelly roll jam pattern was made by Fat Quarter Shop and can be found here. Fat Quarter Shop, where I happily buy most of my fabric, also made a very useful instructional video for this pattern.

    Strip Block Units

    The pattern starts with sewing together three 6 piece strip units. Next, the units are paired, some flipped around, to make nine quilt blocks in three configurations.

    Blocks A, B, & C

    Quilt blocks before sewing them together

    Baby Boy Jelly Roll Jam Quilt Top

     The nine quilt blocks are sewn together to make the quilt top.

    BLOOD, sweat, no tears this time

    BLOOD, a little sweat, but no tears this time.

    I’m trying to get in the habit of making labels for my quilts. I think it’s important for a keepsake quilt but it’s also kinda difficult to attach it in the correct spot so late in the quilting phase. I stabbed myself with a pin trying to stitch this one to the back of the quilt. I only tell you about it so you’ll think I’m tough. Full contact quilting. Don’t worry, I didn’t bleed on the quilt.

    The Quilt Stats

    Finished size: about 35″ x 35″
    Quilt top fabrics: 18 strips from Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda Jelly Roll
    Quilt back fabric: Bella Solids Graphite yardage
    Binding: Navy Blue Frames yardage from Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda
    Batting: Warm and White
    Quilt label: handmade from the jelly roll scraps and Bella Snow yardage
    Quilting: straight line quilting

    peek at the back of the quilt

     Peek at the quilt back

    Quilt back and label

    The quilt back with the label

    I straight line quilted this one just like its counterpart. I also used the same machine binding method for durability. I sewed the double fold binding to the back first, then flipped and pinned it to the front using my new Clover clips. I machine sewed it to the front, as well, being careful not to sew over the backside of the binding. I succeeded this time – no accidental stitches on the binding – hooray!

    Quilt #4

    This quilt was fun to make and I’m really happy with the end results. It worked out well to use this pattern and single jelly roll to make two identical quilts. The thorough instructions got me through the first one with barely any mishaps and doing a familiar pattern a second time let me focus on precision and improving new techniques. I already received a sweet thank you photo of the adorable baby recipient lounging on his quilt. Victory!


  4. baby girl jelly roll jam quilt

    February 24, 2014 by Angie

    My third quilt ever is finished! It is my first baby sized quilt. I used half of one jelly roll (18 strips sized 2.5″ x 44″) for the entire quilt top. It went by quickly and was really fun. I’m really happy with the finished product, mostly because I am so in love with this line of fabric, Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda.

    completed quilt front

    The completed quilt! I wish I had bothered to make the bed and bust out my real camera for these photos. My apologies!

    completed quilt folded

    A folded quilt photo

    completed quilt back

    The back of the quilt with a label

    My cousin had a beautiful baby girl this month and I’d been dying to make a baby quilt so I made this one for her. I saw this tutorial for two adorable baby quilts (one for a girl and one for a boy) made from one jelly roll. I was smitten. This wonderful fabric is Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda. Vanessa Christenson, the creator of the fabric line, and I both followed this jelly roll jam quilt pattern and great YouTube instructional video put together by the owner of my favorite fabric shop, Fat Quarter Shop.

    Other side of V & Co. Jelly Roll

    The fabric that started it all!

    The first step of the Fat Quarter Shop jelly roll jam pattern is to select 18 strips you would like to use in your quilt. I used almost the same ones Vanessa Christenson chose. You divide them into three sets, making sure you like the arrangement. You then sew the six strips in each set to one another horizontally.

    ready to sew three strip sets

    After creating the three strip sets, you cut each one into six pieces, each measuring 6.5″ x 12.5″. I am still struggling to make perfect quarter inch seams on this machine, so my strip sets were a little short and I did have to do some squaring up along the way. Next, you make nine quilt blocks by sewing two strip set pieces together. Check the pattern to see who gets sewn to who and which ones get flipped over prior to the sewing. I squared up after this step too.

    Strip Set Blocks

    Some strip set blocks

    After that, you arrange the blocks according to the pattern, sew your rows horizontally, then sew the rows together. This is pretty painless as the quilt only consists of nine blocks.

    Completed Quilt Top

    The completed quilt top on my sewing table

    Completed quilt top laid out on the floor

    Here’s the completed quilt top again laid out on the floor

    Basting the quilt

    About to baste the three pieces together

    Quilting went very quickly. I copied Vanessa Christenson yet again with that. I did vertical straight line quilting throughout. I didn’t measure it but I would guess the lines are about an inch apart. I used my walking foot with a quilt guide.

    I stopped halfway through quilting to sew the label I made to the backing fabric only. This was my first time making a label and using a zigzag stitch so it took some time to get it right. I won’t show a closeup to protect the baby’s anonymity but I’m glad I added one because it makes it more of a keepsake gift. I just have to get a little better at it.

    I bound this quilt using a little less than a 1/2 yard of one of the pink prints from the fabric line. I machine bound both sides for the first time. I did this for durability since baby quilts tend to be washed a lot. It went pretty well for the first time and I think I learned from this how to machine bind the next baby quilt without any mistakes. I machine sewed double fold binding to the back first, then flipped it around to the front for better control.

    The Quilt Stats

    Finished size: about 35″ x 35″
    Quilt top fabrics: 18 strips from Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda Jelly Roll
    Quilt back fabric: Bella Solids Graphite yardage
    Binding: Honeysuckle Pink Eyelet yardage from Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda
    Batting: Warm and White

    fresh from the dryer

    Here’s a photo Robbie took of me being proud after pulling the quilt out of the dryer.


  5. granny square baby blanket

    February 9, 2012 by Angie

    I wasn’t blogging back in November when I finished this so I don’t have many/any great photos.  It’s the first blanket I’ve ever made though so I didn’t want to skip it.  I made it for our sweet niece M. for her first birthday in December 2011.

    It’s 36 granny squares total.  I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease in fisherman, lemongrass, and cilantro with a N-sized crochet hook (I think).  I wish I would have crocheted some kind of finishing edge onto it to help ensure that the outer squares don’t come untied.  Lesson learned for next time I guess!