Sew Much More

September 18, 2007

Baby Quilt

Filed under: crafty gifts,sewing projects — by michellew @ 7:32 pm

I made a baby quilt this past week for little baby boy Cooley.  I had so much fun doing it.  Amber had registered for some receiving blankets so I used one of them from the package to make the quilt.  I was hoping to find a solid blue flanel that matched the darker dot in the fabric.  But ended up with the lighter blue dot color.  I still liked it though. 

I’ve only made 2 other quilts and after the last quilt I made for Caleb before he was born, I was determined to never quilt again!  But that was before my new machine.  Quilting with this machine was a breeze.  I love my machine.  It has an on machine dual feed quilting foot which makes all the difference.  Though with this quilt I was determined to not have puckering so I used all straight quilting lines without having to cross so I could avoid the puckers.  The next quilt I do I’ll have to test out the dual feed foot with crossing some lines.  You know live dangerously.

I’m happy with the way it turned out.  I like the three simple panels on the front and then bringing in interest with the top quilting.  I’ve determined after this quilt that I need to get a quilting basics book so that I’m not just making it up as I go along.  Any suggestions for a good basic quilting book?

Of course I have to include what I’d do differently next time, so as not to make the same mistakes twice.  When I was quilting close to one of the corners, I hadn’t pinned down the backing of that corner and it pulled the fabric over on the back too much.  I didn’t know how ripping it out would go.  So I ended up having to make my binding on the back 1 1/4 inches to reach past that pulled corner.  I was kind of bummed about that because I really liked the look of the 1/2 inch binding on the front.  Oh well, I learned my lesson.  And I guess its not that big of a deal. 

I think I get to be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to quilting.  Sewing clothes you can fudge things a lot.  But with quilting, I like things to be a certain way.  I had fun using a different stitch for the seams that joined the three panels.  I pieced it normally and then just top stitched that different stitch (mode 2, #66 on my machine). 

Another thing I didn’t expect to come up was the backing to not line up with the front.  I pieced both the front and the back, not something usually done in traditional quilting.  Now I know why.  The lines didn’t match up completely, so if you look closely at the back you can see the difference.  Again its not a big deal.  But if I decide to piece the back of a quilt again I will need to be more certain that all panels/sections are exactly the same size.  I didn’t pay attention to this detail until it was too late.

This was a fun project.  I loved making it for Amber in particular because she is so creative herself and is always giving away lovely gifts.  So I was especially excited to give it to her.  Now to meet this little boy in less than a month!


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  1. I was wanting to add some quilting to Ethan’s bedspread but was too nervous that the lines wouldn’t be parallel. How did you sew such straight lines?

    By the way it looks great! What a great gift.

    Comment by Erin — September 18, 2007 @ 8:24 pm |Reply

  2. It’s beautiful, Michelle! Quilting is the equivalent of speaking Mandarin to me–very foreign from my abilities. I’m in awe of your handiwork. : )

    Comment by RT — September 18, 2007 @ 8:38 pm |Reply

  3. Well don’t look too closely Erin, because not all of the lines are straight. But I also cheeted. My dual feed foot also comes with a quilting bar. Its so cool. You stick the bar into this little hole and match it up with the line you just sewed.

    Check out that link and you can see a picture of the quilting bar I’m talking about. I’m thinking next of making Alice a quilt, but am really nervous to do a twin size quilt. Seems like it would be a ton of work. We’ll see.

    Comment by michellew — September 18, 2007 @ 9:18 pm |Reply

  4. i LOVE the blanket that you made, michelle! i especially appreciated that you took the time to chose something that i had already registered for and turn it into something much more beautiful. the blanket is now sitting in our little guy’s moses basket awaiting his arrival. thank you!

    Comment by amber — September 20, 2007 @ 11:25 am |Reply

  5. it’s beautiful michelle! What a great idea! I’ve always thought about doing something like that, but again, I am crap at sewing. The lines are so different and nice. Can’t wait to see the next one!

    Comment by katiek — September 20, 2007 @ 9:48 pm |Reply

  6. What a great idea. Since new mothers now have given a lot of thought to what they want for the baby’s room, etc., this idea makes perfect sense and is a thoughtful way to go about creating a special handmade gift.

    Comment by jenclair — March 6, 2008 @ 12:32 pm |Reply

  7. I just realized that my link was to my book, not my quilting/craft blog, so I’ve made a slight correction. :p

    Comment by jenclair — March 6, 2008 @ 12:33 pm |Reply

  8. […] link to my blog when I emailed them my idea of using receiving blankets a friend registered for to make her a baby quilt.  I don’t usually pay too much attention to blog stats, but I had a comment from someone I […]

    Pingback by I’m Famous! « Sew Much More — March 8, 2008 @ 9:30 am |Reply

  9. […] know that she’d love while still being able to make a handmade gift… I posted it on my blog… I’ve made two quilts since that I posted about as well. I’ve had a lot of fun […]

    Pingback by Sew,Mama,Sew! Blog » » Create & Celebrate (some more!) — August 31, 2009 @ 9:31 am |Reply

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