Monday, May 20, 2013

Baby Quilt Update

I have been working like a madwoman to get a baby quilt made for my new granddaughter due to greet us the end of July. I wanted to make a quilt of my own design, so the first obstacle was to decide exactly what I wanted to do. I decided on a night sky with wonky stars (Gwen Marston style). I have a grandson that (thankfully) lives close to us. We have a "thing" that we always say to each other, "I love you up to the sky and back always and forever no matter what." That saying pretty well sums up how I feel about the grandchildren, so I wanted that little saying to be on the quilt.

I finished the quilt top yesterday. Here is what it looks like.

I found some letter stencils I liked at Michael's and used them to draw the letters (in reverse) on the paper side of a fusible web. I machine appliquéd them to the quilt top using a very small zigzag (1.8, .8 setting on my Janome). I'm happy with the way it turned out. I'm planning on using a variegated blue thread to quilt it with a meandering star design, and I'm thinking of using Hobbs Heirloom quilt batting. (I like the way it shrinks up when washed.) I think the baby's name (evidently a big secret or not known at the current time) will be either embroidered or appliquéd to the bottom of the quilt.

The next day I finished the quilt--machine quilted (for wear) and bound.

If you look closely (or zoom in) you can see the quilting. I did use the variegated blue thread to quilt it and used the Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting.

I sure hope this quilt is used and loved. My favorite story about a well-loved quilt is here. The story is in the second paragraph, but the other quilts you'll see throughout the story are really cute too.


Quilt or Dye said...

Congratulations on the new grandchild! She will love the blanket and love the saying on it!

Deborah OHare said...

So fantastic to include the words. I am sure your grandchild will cherish this always.