not mine. I've made two baby quilts this year, and I have one more to make. The first was for one of Billy's coworker's and his wife. I don't really know these people, and I started questioning why was I making this? Then I realized why. Because my husband asked me to. Because he was proud of me and the quilts I make. Which is huge, because when I first started making things (paper crafts and doll quilts and such) he just gave me the "oh, uh huh, nice, hmmm" confused look that non crafty types give. You know what i mean.
The quilt was inspired by this quilt***. It went together fast. And since I can't leave well enough alone, I made a birdie to replace one of the blocks. This was the first time I used white in a quilt. I used to hate white in a quilt, but now I can see the appeal. But then I started thinking "this is for a baby! a baby who is going to poop and spitup on it! and a new mom who might feel bad about that! ack!" So I don't think I will use white again on a baby quilt anytime soon. And since I was in a hurry it isn't quilted as much as I would have liked. I also machine bound the quilt instead of finishing it by hand, again the time issue. I've become pretty good at machine binding, but I still feel like the quilting police are standing over me and shaking their heads. Oh well.
40" x 40"
machine pieced, quilted and bound
The second baby quilt is for a dear friend of mine. We have been friends since our firstborns were babies. She is having her third boy soon, and I really wanted to make a baby quilt for them. I had a simple idea for the quilt, but I decided to make houses with I spy windows and doors. The idea would have been quicker to make, but the houses were much more fun to make. It's all about me you know.
40" x 40"
machine pieced and quilted
While I was assembling the top, I had it all layed out on the bed. And I left it unattended. Do you see where this is going? Well, you know who got up there and stirred it all up, then he ripped this block. grrr. I was able to salvage the tree and the roof thankfully.
I quilted this one more and finished the binding by hand. Here is the back. I love this fabric.
(do you spy Penny?)
I have one more baby quilt to make soon. I think I will make another I spy house quilt. But I would like to hear your opinion about two things first.
1. I've made baby quilts at the 36" square size and the 40" square size. Sometimes I think 40" is too big and sometimes I think 36" is too small. What do you think? Don't give me that look. I'm not being anal.
2. Machine finished binding or Hand finished binding? Is one stronger than the other? Does one last longer than the other? Why is there a big to do about it all?
*** Speaking of Film in the Fridge, she had a scrap give away on her blog recently, and I won! woo hoo! aren't they great?!