Baby Quilts

June 9, 2011

I've been absent for a good reason...my Internet service has been absent.  We've had trouble with our Internet since the storm over Memorial Day weekend.  Our service has been touch and go and we pretty much haven't had it for the last three days.  So frustrating because you don't realize how much you rely on it until you don't have it!!

Well, I have a really big announcement...I'm an Aunt for the second time!!! :-)  Scott's sister, Heather and her husband, Troy just welcomed a new baby girl Monday night!  Her name is Evelyn June.  So pretty!  She will join her 16 month old sister Mayella.  I can't wait to see her in person.  Not sure when that will be because they live in Southern California. :-(  Hopefully, I won't have to wait too long.  A new baby means that I need to make a new baby quilt.  Yikes, I haven't gotten one made yet.  Evelyn's birth kind of snuck up on me.  I better get busy with that.  I have some Charm Square packs from Bliss laying around here that I could whip up a baby quilt...QUICK!  I made a very cute little quilt before Mayella was born.
This quilt was my first experience with using Charm Squares.  I can't remember the exact size, but it wasn't very big because I only used one Charm Square pack.  I really wasn't sure what to expect.  I love how it turned out!!  From this quilt on, I have loved using Charm Squares.  I had a lot of "firsts" with this quilt.  It was the first time I used Minky fabric for the backing.
So soft and perfect for a baby quilt.  I tied this quilt.  Another first.  I wasn't sure how well the Minky would do for quilting.  I would've quilted this on my sewing machine as it was way before Annie's time.  I'd love to try in on the longarm.  Now is probably a good opportunity!  I also did the binding completely on the machine.  Now that I don't think I would do again.  I didn't love the look.  I like to attach the binding to the front by machine and hand sew it to the back.  That's definitely my preferred method.
I made a cute little label with my Janome 6600 sewing machine.  You can see the binding a little closer in this pic.  I used a pink Satin for the binding.  Another first.  Not sure how I feel about that either.  Great for baby quilts...ok to work with. 

Too bad you can't see Heather's cute belly in this pic of us!  I better get busy on Evelyn's quilt!!!

19 comments:

  1. We have lots of babies to make quilts for around here too, Linda! What a joy to make a quilt for a new little one and congratulations to you! I love babies :D !!!

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  2. Too cute! How very exciting! A new baby!

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  3. Darling quilt and great photo of the two of you, Linda! I love the baby names, too! It will be interesting to see if you do a quilt with Minkee on Annie!
    Cheers!

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  4. Love the quilt. It is a happy quilt. Hugs

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  5. Congratulations "auntie ", how precious a baby girl , that will be such fun to make another quilt in girly colors and fabrics , can't wait to see the finished project , no pressure though.

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  6. Congrats on becoming an Auntie again!!
    Minky is so easy to quilt with a longarm, I have done quite a few for clients. The trick with Minky is to make sure to use batting or the stitching looks flat.

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  7. A new baby in the family... how wonderful! Looking forward to seeing the new baby quilt!

    PS - I'm glad you finally got your internet service back... amazing how I've come to depend on it...

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  8. Congrats to you all.
    Sweet quilt.

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  9. Love the baby quilt! I'm with you...I've tried to put on bindings totally by machine, but it's just not my thing. I've see great pictures of binding put in by machine on blogs, but mine didn't look great when I tried it that way. Sewing it to the back by hand is for me. The minkee in the back is great too! I've done a few like that, but never on the frame. If you try it I hope you share how it goes. Congrats on being an aunt again :-)

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  10. Congratulations! Mayella, what a cute name! Love your quilt! Don't you just love charm squares!

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  11. I am past that and a great aunt now, lol.
    I am still waiting to be a grandma, haha.
    I want to make baby quilts, will have to do some for charity.

    Debbie

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  12. Congratulations!!! Yep, better make a quilt quick! Love that quilt you're showing. I too don't like machine-stitched binding...maybe on an art quilt. But it rarely comes out looking as good as hand-stitched.

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  13. What a sweet quilt...soft and squishy...perfect for a baby!

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  14. A very tactile quilt--satin and minky--sweet and soft. Darling for snuggling babies.

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  15. Super cute baby quilt! Congrats on being the aunt again!

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  16. What a sweet quilt. I love minky but have never had to use it yet. Congrats Auntie!!

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  17. Darling quilt! Don't you just love pre-cuts!

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  18. Thinking of you-- this weekend.
    Hugs Kathy

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