Saturday, April 13, 2019

New Baby :: New Quilt!

Baby quilts are so much fun to make!  Based on the size and design they can be a faster finish than larger quilts.  That's always rewarding!  When you make a baby quilt, or any quilt for that matter, that is specifically for someone that amps up the fun in more ways than one!

When I found out that my 'adopted' family was going to have baby #3 I couldn't have been more excited and knew that there was a quilt to be made.  I patiently waited until the sex of the baby was announced before I committed to colors and design.

I decided this was a good time to use my 'X-Square' block and also the perfect excuse to finally use a stack of Cotton + Steel fabrics.

Once I grabbed the teal, aqua and mint Cotton + Steel fabrics I had to decide on what color I'd use for the four squares in the middle of the block.  With a bit of pink dispersed throughout the prints, I went with...pink!  White was the final choice and that meant I could start cutting and piecing!



With all the sections completed, I was able to start placing them on my design wall making sure every print was evenly dispersed and that there were four different shades of pink in the center.



The size of each block when complete is 10 1/2" unfinished.  The more blocks you add, the better it gets!  



With the due date rapidly approaching, I knew I needed to kick it into high gear.  Plus, I had the feeling that this baby was going to make an early arrival!

And, it seemed that was about to happen.  On Thursday afternoon, everyone was on high alert!  Pat was off to give birth or so we thought!  Turns out it didn't happen last night, but it's just a matter of time.  It could happen any moment...or not!

I hadn't taken pictures of the finished quilt and thought I had better get to it before the big event really does happen. 

X-SQUARED BABY
38" x 47 1/2"

Long story short, no baby yet, photos taken and quilt has been gifted!  Now we wait!



One thing I love about this block and quilt is when it's time to quilt it the possibilities are endless.  With all of the shapes and points dot to dot quilting is a breeze.  I've made three quilts from this pattern and each one has a different quilted design.  



I used Aurifil 50wt thread in a Mint Green 2830) and Baby Pink (2423), but it's a bit hard to see from this picture.  



I'm so glad I decided to use the Cotton + Steel fabric...finally!  I was getting tired of having them in my stash and never using them.  I'm kind of at the point where I just want to use my stash.



In an effort to use every last scrap, I pieced a strip of squares to go across the back.  The gray piece section of fabric was also a piece that has lingered far too long in my stash.  I could almost feel a weight lifted from my shoulders from using my stash!

The binding is Kona Splash and frames it nicely I think.



Now it's a waiting game.  When will she make her debut?  Time will tell!

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22 comments :

  1. that is a cute baby quilt - I bet they will love it

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  2. beautiful! I'm with you, use up that stash...

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    1. Besides having the quilt finished in time, the best part was finally using my stash. Why we get in the mindset that some fabrics are too good or special to cut up…is totally bizarre!

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  3. This quilt turned out very cute and perfect for a girl! It will wrap the little miss in love whenever she makes her appearance. Nadine W. N. Cali rnwillis@velotech.net

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  4. Very cute pattern for a baby quilt and use of your stash - I know how good that feels!

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  5. Beautiful fabrics! I love this pallet of colors. What a lucky baby and what a great feeling using up your stash. I bet your stash has LOTS more beautiful things in it to choose from. Always look forward to your next creation!

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  6. Super design! AWESOME quilt!! Baby is sure LOVE it!!!

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  7. The X block is one of my favorites. I love the way it shows different patterns by your use of the teals and the pink squares. A really special quilt for a special baby.

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    1. I thought it might be the perfect block for this baby quilt! Plus, it’s nice to use one of my own designs…not to mention my stash!

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  8. What a sweet, darling quilt! I love that pattern and need to make one myself. The baby WILL arrive, one of these days :)

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  9. I really love this...great job...xo

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  10. This is such a pretty quilt! Thank you for the link to the free pattern! It is definitely going on my list!

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  11. What a beautiful baby quilt, Jayne. I think the quilting looks great with the pattern and it looks like the quilt drapes beautifully. I hope baby gets here safe and sound and I know she is eagerly anticipated. :)

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  12. Hi Jayne! This is a beauty of a quilt. I really enjoy making baby quilts, mostly for all the reasons you list. My go-to pattern is the Irish Chain that I can piece and sew with my eyes closed. But I need to expand my repertoire a bit, and this pattern sure looks like a great choice. I love the secondary pattern - it kind of looks like Xs and Os, like the baby will be all wrapped up in your love and hugs. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  13. Oh, the colors are so fun for a baby quilt. They remind me of the quilts my grandmother used to make (those pinks, especially). What a nice gift!

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  14. That is so pretty, Jayne! I love the different minty greens and the pinks together. That is such a neat quilting design, too! How did you mark it?

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  15. Perfect pretty prints for this quilt, but it is a bit tame for you Jayne, LOL So fun to wrap a baby in a bit of quilty love.

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  16. I have saved this design and hope to make a quilt from it one of these days. It really does make a lovely quilt! I love the pink and mint.

    Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  17. Love the colors -- they are yummy together. It looks like this design works well with multiple fabrics. I might need to figure out if I have any fabrics that would work for this one. I so agree that I like to make small quilts!

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  18. What a sweet quilt! I love this pattern, and I guess you too ;) Thank you for sharing, for free, this great pattern

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  19. I adore the colors in your baby quilt! And love your block pattern. Great sprint to the finish line!!!!

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  20. What a beautiful finish, Jayne! I had to go back and look at your previous quilts from this pattern. This design is a fun context in which to play with value and color, for sure. I know this minty-pink version will be well loved. : )

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