Friday, July 13, 2012

A Baby Quilt Finish

I forgot how rewarding it is to make a quick baby quilt from a panel, because it's been a really long time since I made one. This panel was purchased by a friend who asked me to quilt it for her niece's baby. It was fun selecting some Aurifil threads to match various areas of the panel. I like quilting with different colours, so I don't mind changing the thread many times.  How many times do you change threads when you're quilting?!? 
Then I had a blast machine quilting different designs...
one star to wish on, 
and lots of hearts in the center and in the surrounding border, 
and the letter 'A' for 'Abbott' in a few of the bubbles printed on the panel.
I was complaining in last Sunday's post about hand appliqueing the baby's name on the bottom of the panel, but it turned out OK. I don't love it, but I can live with it!
I bought the loveliest mint green flannel for the backing from Ye Olde Fabric Shoppe in Stratford (where the panel was purchased). It washed up beautifully and soft, and was a dream to quilt! 
I forced encouraged my friend to learn how to stitch the binding down so she could be part of making the quilt. We had a lovely visit while we stitched at the park. I was secretly hoping she would enjoy the sewing and want to become a quilter, but that didn't happen...at all!



Here's the finished quilt...

all ready to take to the baby shower. So cute!

14 comments:

beaquilter said...

aww, that's really cute. I like to do "custom" work on panels by following the design or lines around or something like that and then maybe a fun filler in the background, I may or may not change threads, I HAVE on a christmas panel, dark blue for the background, a tan for the nativity scene etc.

Elaine M said...

So cute. Love how you did the quilting and your letters look great!

Pokey said...

Such creative stitch lines, it sure added a lot to the finish. Hey, I think your setting for the hand stitching made it an even better place to learn for your friend ~
:-}pokey

Janet O. said...

What a cute quilt! Nice job!
I have used up to 3 thread colors in one project, but never more than that--yet.

Debbie said...

I love your baby quilt! I don't like changing thread colors when I'm quilting because all too often the tension goes wacky...even when I stick with the same brand. But sometimes it is the right thing to do!

Cathy said...

Awwwwww...... that is so sweet!! And the letters for the name look great. You did a good job. Don't give up on applique. It can add a whole new dimension to a quilt.

Jeanne said...

Awwww. Very sweet! You've planted a seed in your friend's mind even if she doesn't respond right now. Nice quilt, Kathy.

dianehobbit said...

Adorable, your friend will be proud of her effort in years to come.

dianehobbit said...

Adorable, your friend will be proud of her effort in years to come.

Jean said...

The baby quilt turned out cute! I think the name looks great!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a sweet baby quilt! I love the addition of the name...so personal.

Ellen said...

Adorable! I always stick with the same colour of thread within my quilts and it is always a neutral of some sort. I see I need to experiment - the results are wonderful.

AnnieO said...

Really cute panel, and the letters look great too. How fun.

Kate said...

Very cute! Too bad you couldn't make your friend a convert. At least you had a great time together.