Saturday, June 18, 2011

The baby quilt

I just finished a baby quilt.  I love it.  I finished it, and then 2 hours later, gifted it away. ... far far away.
although this could be a post on procrastination...I'll make it a post of progression...
this quilt was a lot of fun for me.  I think I have officially found my 'comfort zone' in the quilting world.  You can have your precision and patterns, I will take flying by the seat of my pants...without further ado...
I give you my process in pictures...

The start of the idea...inspired by quilts like THIS and THIS

 Worked on some liberated piecing...just had a pile of neutral fabrics on the sewing table, working with what I picked up...adding a few colors here and there.  Notice you will not be seeing the block on the far right bottom again...I could not get over how it looked (unintentionally) like an F.
 Adding more pieces to the puzzle.
 Now I am set in my layout, but debating on backing and binding...I usually like to mull these decisions over, but procrastination took away that luxury.
 Quilting begins....approximately 18 hours before the baby shower.
 Finished product.  I love it so much.  I definitely want to make myself a quilt like this one...full size...but maybe without the center patchwork.  I think I would prefer to focus on the spontaneous piecing in neutrals.
And because I wasn't slap happy and sleep deprived enough, I forged ahead with one of the 4 baby bibs I had intended to make.  This is a 'matching' bib and it is resting on the back of the finished quilt.

I made this quilt in 8 days.  Not sure I have start to finish made a quilt in that short of time before.  Not a quilt like this one anyway...I am happy to report the soon to be mom loved it.  She thanked me many times and expressed a love for the fabrics I used and the non traditional design of the quilt.  Such a great feeling to have a hand made gift so well received.

The quilt finished at 42x48 inches.
I did vertical quilting about 1.25 inches apart with a few horizontal lines thrown in willy nilly.
The backing fabric is an adorable Sevenberry fabric that is so wonderfully soft.

ETA: I forgot to mention that this will be my submission for June's Stash Project


  1. What a wonderful gift from your heart and hands!

  2. This is amazing looking! Have you seen Denyse Schmidt's white on white quilts!? Love love love this!

  3. Love Love Love Love LOVE! I think I've bookmarked your same inspiration quilts. And now I'll add yours, too. You had a fabulous neutral pile, and I love your end result!

  4. I love how this turned out!

  5. Wow Jenny -- I just saw your quilt on pinterest a little while ago! It's fabulous -- I loved seeing your creative process -- very, very creative. I love that backing fabric too!!!

  6. How fun Jenny! Glad you found your niche. You definitely have recognizable style!

  7. That's such a pretty quilt! I like how the freely-pieced neutral part kind of looks like a city map. :)

  8. It's absolutely wonderful and very inspiring!! Wonderful work Jenny!

  9. This quilt is awesome! I love it so much! Great job!

  10. That is great! A fantastic piece. I can see how you want to make another one.

  11. Hi! Recipient of the quilt here. Guess what - this quilt is even cuter in person. I cannot express enough gratitude for this gift. Every time I look at the quilt I notice another little detail I had previously overlooked. THANKS AGAIN, Jenny!!!

  12. Oh my. I LOVE this. You are amazing.

  13. I saw this on flicr and my jaw dropped. it is amazing!!!!

  14. I love this quilt, too! And I think you have to make at least one to keep for yourself...
    ; )