The Tale of Three Baby Quilts….

I am so happy that I have actually managed to  complete 2 paper pieced blocks

for January, 2018.

This is the last block in last year’s “Baby Animals” BOM from Janeen, over at

Quilt Art Designs. It is a paper pieced block and it takes a bit of time picking out

fabrics for the block and  then piecing it together.

Here is the Elephant block and I really like this one. I must stress how much fun

this is but it is quite challenging choosing the fabrics. This is my second BOM so I

am getting a bit quicker picking the fabrics. I still stress over the fabric choices but

when that is done, the fun begins. If you like puzzles,  you will like paper piecing;

it is quite addictive because I want to get all the pieces stitched so I can see what the

final block will look like. It also helps to be organized with all your fabrics. I have

ziploc bags labelled with numbers and put the corresponding fabrics in each bag.

So  much easier than sorting through fabrics every time you are looking for

a specific fabric. Just find the bag and start sewing.

This is Evelyn’s Christmas quilt for a lucky someone. She found the bird fabrics first

and then chose the other fabrics from there.

It is always interesting to hear how people design their quilts.

Evelyn chose a medium colored  brown polyester thread for the top and the

backing. Holly leaves are stitched all over the top.

The backing is a nice red to complement the front of the quilt.

Evelyn also made a Baby quilt for a new baby that is coming. Once

again, Evelyn  had some extra squares laying around and decided to

use the colored fabrics to create this baby quilt.

What a great colorful quilt! Swirls were quilted all over the top.  A white

polyester thread was used for the top and a light green polyester thread for

the backing.

I love the multi colored backing of this quilt.


Another baby quilt for a special baby that has probably been  born by now. It is really cute.

The fabrics in this quilt reminds me of a modern quilt.

Baby Quilt

Here is an overall view of the quilt.  A white polyester thread was used for the top

and the backing. A loose loopy design was stitched onto the top.

This design really stitches out quickly and is fairly close together so it holds the

quilt together well for all that upcoming washing.

The Backing

This post has been all about Baby Quilts. Can you guess who this quilt is for as well?

Yup, another baby.

I had a customer who made this quilt but in a different colorway. I really liked the pattern

so I made one for a young couple, at my  Church, who were having their first baby.

This particular couple really likes  black and white so it was easy  picking fabrics and

colors for the quilt.

I used a white polyester thread for the top and the backing.

I stitched straight lines and blocks all over the quilt. It really stitches

out quickly too.

I really like the stitching all over the backing too. It was fun to do.It is nice to

be able to work on something for yourself once in a while.

Laura made this T-Shirt quilt for her husband for Christmas;  she managed to save

alot of his T-shirts for the quilt.

A fusible interfacing was ironed onto the shirts so that they wouldn’t stretch or move

during the quilting  process. This extra step really does help to keep the knit t-shirts from

moving around.

Each T-shirt was then cut down to size. In each block, I stitched around the motifs or

picture. The background areas were left solid with no stitching in it. I used a smoky

monofilament thread for all this stitching and a black Bottom Line thread for the backing.

In the sashing, I used an orange polyester So Fine thread  to stitch in flames . I

looked online for flames that I liked. The flames that I did choose were copyright free

images and it helped that I modified the flames while I was quilting.

T-Shirt Quilt

Here is the whole quilt; it is really quite large and heavy due to the fabric used on the back of

the quilt.

Laura chose a linen type fabric on the back of the quilt. I used a grey polyester thread

for the back of the quilt too. You can really see the flames on the back of the quilt too.

Here is the overall backing of the quilt. Hope you enjoyed the show and have a great week.

Check out the Needle and Thread Network.


Hard at it…

This fall has been so crazy, which is a good problem-if there is such a thing.

Custom quilting has kept me busy so it was a nice change when Carol brought

me this quilt.

Carol's Quilt

Carol’s Quilt

I am unsure of the designer but the piecing process is really neat!  Strips or

2 sets of Jelly Rolls are used for the entire quilt.  2  strips are sewn together

and then cut apart in a trianglar shape.  Using 6 of these triangular shapes, the circle

is created.  It is a pretty neat process.  I have made a quilt like this but in

reproduction prints.   The Batiks are really nice too.

Close up of Carol's Quilt

Close up of Carol’s Quilt

Carol decided to use a pantograph for the top-Large Swirl

is the name of the  pantograph.  We used a dark blue polyester

thread and a dark batting as well. If the quilt does beard later on, it

won’t be so noticeable with the black batting.

Donna's Quilt

Donna’s Quilt

Donna brought me this quilt. She is a great piecer!

She wanted it quilted simple so I SID around all the Churn

Dashes.  Straight lines were added in the sashing areas and another

smaller Churn Dash was added in the middle areas of the sashing, just

for interest and to echo the design of the pieced block.

Smaller Churndash

Smaller Churndash

A dark blue polyester thread was used on the dark areas and I used a white

polyester thread in the white areas.

Eva's T-shirt Quilt

Eva’s T-shirt Quilt

My friend, Eva, made this quilt out of T-shirts from her grandson’s

collection.  She did a great piecing job as well.  I was kind of concerned

that the knit in the T-shirts would move alot but she used a knit

stabilizer on the back of each block and there were no problems at all.

The knit did move a little but nothing to cause any major concerns.

I really like quilting kids’ quilts because there is so much inspiration

within the fabrics themselves to use for design purposes.

One of the T-shirt blocks

One of the T-shirt blocks  

In this block, I quilted around Spongebob and the lettering.  Done-easy peasy.

Spiderman Logo

Spiderman Logo

Again, in this block, quilting around the logo was enough

to complete the block and hold everything in its place.

Spiderman and his web.

Spiderman and his web.

This is one of my favorite blocks.  I thought that Spiderman

could use a web so I used a silver metallic thread to create the web in the

lower right hand corner of the block.  Can you see it?

Tye dye block

Tye dye block

I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this block so I quilted

around all the dye areas and the design popped out after that.

Not bad, eh?

One of the best things about  kids quilts  is the fact that they are so

vibrant in color and the designs are so much fun.

I used polyester thread on the quilt top and changed colors often to match the

background colors of the blocks.  The backing was a black and white plaid and the

batting was the thin polyester batting.  I don’t mind working with that stuff but

it does make getting the tension correct a little bit harder.

I am linking this post up with the Canadian Needle and Thread Network.  You should

check them out.

Have a great week.