One of the wonderful things about quilters is our ability to share the joy that each handmade project brings. Handmade baby quilts make wonderful gifts, and the smaller size makes them a manageable project to work on and finish! With a variety of baby quilt patterns to choose from in various collections, there is sure to be a design that you can create or customize for your little peep. For beginning quilters I suggest selecting similar fabrics to those used in the baby quilt pattern, or if you are confident adapt fabric choices to suit your or the recipients tastes. You can make small changes using embroidery and finishing techniques, or add a personal touch by free-motion stitching all over the design. No matter which baby quilt ideas you decide on, you are sure to end up with a one-of-a-kind baby quilt that will be loved for generations.
My niece recently gave birth to a new little boy, who has captured all our hearts. He is so adorable and tiny. Allie had told me her theme for her nursery is green and brown with monkeys, turtles and giraffes. I was in the midst of making a quilt to be donated for a fund raiser, so had time to think about how to implement her colors and animals into a cherished quilt.
I start with a sketch and ideas written on my sketch pad. It may just be the blocks, then I fill in as ideas pop in my head. I don't use a formal pattern, this is when those mathematical skills you learned way back when, come in handy...so I hope you paid attention!!
Then I put together the fabrics. Sometimes taking from my stash, or just browsing through the fabric shops. I had these picked out in the beginning, but, as the quilt developed I threw some out, and added others.
I browse the internet websites for patterns to either digitize for my Bernina 830 LE, or that I can buy and download. Keeping in mind, they have to have a similar characteristic. In other words, baby, adult, animated or real life, they must be similar in nature. This can take a lot of time, just in the planning stages. Once I have everything in place then, I am off and having some fun!
|I just loved this block! I chose some pastel colors, to give the quilt some pop!|
|I stuck to the color theme for Ryder's nursery mostly.|
|This fabric was perfect for the giraffe!|
|I trailed the vines across all the blocks on the top of the quilt to give it a jungle look, as if the monkey's were swinging across the entire quilt.|
|Sashing between the blocks.|
|The finale is free motion quilting the backing to the front(I did stippling), binding and labeling the quilt. I also used stitch in the ditch with a walking foot.|
|The final touch is the label.|
I hope I have given my quilter followers some inspiration. I hope you will think about setting aside some time, today,to think about one special gift you give to yourself: your commitment to creativity.