Friday, June 22, 2012

Two More Baby Quilts

I made a few more modern-looking baby quilts for friends, and thought I'd share. In fact, I thought I failed to take a picture of the first one, which was a bummer because I love it, but hey! I had pictures of it all along, just waiting to be posted. Both of these were made for dear friends in my ward, whose babies have arrived now, and I'm super super pleased they have evidence of my adoration, ready-made. I'm slightly obsessed with these solid-color quilt tops. I wish wish wish I could make one for the baby I'm growing, but she'll have to settle for a similarly-themed crocheted blanket. Perhaps I'll provide a sneak-peak of that soon? We'll see. The verdict is still out as to whether I'm not totally destroying it.

And now, a bunch of pictures.

These were the colors of baby's nursery: coral, gray, and light blue. The pattern was inspired by this quilt, which I found while pinteresting

There was some discussion as to whether black was appropriate for a baby quilt. I decided to go for it, and I loved the way it helped define the space.

I was a bit stumped on what to do for binding, since what I had bought didn't seem to fit the mellowness of the quilt. I ended taking what was left of the main fabrics and making binding out of those, and I really really love how it turned out.

The fabric I used on the back was my first foray into online fabric shopping, since I knew I wanted gray and the store I was at had a dismal collection. I was not disappointed with my online fabric shopping. I will be doing more of that. 
The mama for this quilt didn't have any color requests, but I was getting a bright color vibe.  The pattern was inspired by this quilt, which I also found while pinteresting. It's basically a single giant log cabin block.

This quilt actually had a twin, which was for another friend who wasn't finding out the gender of her baby, so it was lovely and gender-neutral. But ... I forgot to photograph it before giving it away.

I got put on bed rest days after I made my quilt sandwich and before I had a chance to bind it. I stared at it for a week, sad I couldn't finish it, then pulled myself together and did it by hand. It took for-ev-er, but gosh it's a lovely effect to hand bind it. The stitching is nearly invisible. (Thought I'm very afraid it will just fall apart. I hope not.)

Wish I would have managed a closer shot of the handbinding. This is a close as I got, but you can sort of see what I mean? It was kind of cool to slow way down and experience the process in slow motion. Quilting is a beautiful process.

12 comments:

Janae Wise said...

Deja, you are so talented! Quilting requires a patience & precision that I'm not sure I'd be up to task. You sure have got the knack.

I love the black with the first quilt. Who says black can't be a part of a baby quilt? All of them beautiful, indeed.

Anne Marie said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love scrappy bindings. I love your hand-sewn binding. And, I know Janae Wise! Small world. :) Hope you are doing well.

David and Melanie said...

You're amazing! I love them both!

Jana said...

Wowza. Love these.

Launie said...

Looks good cuz! Black is great for those newborns- they can only see high contrasty things....

Kylie Jo said...

Deja those are AWESOME!!! I wish I was as cool as you are!

belann said...

Beautiful! I wish I could see them in person.

Mike and Emily said...

Just lovely!

Elise said...

They are gorgeous!! ... Do you intend on doing a lot of crocheting for the next few weeks? Because I would be QUITE interested in paying you for my own baby crochet blanket...

Amara said...

I forgot about that Launie! They are beautiful in person Mom --at least the second one. I'm so glad you found the pictures of the first one! I REALLY like that. Love the binding. I wish I'd got a closer look at the hand stitching!

Deja said...

Janae, quilts are very forgiving! You would make lovely ones!

Launie, very interesting. I'm glad I put the black in!

Elise, I would love to crochet your sweet baby a blanket, but I am so so new. I'm pretty sure I'm really messing this one up. If I end up being wrong about messing it up, I'll be sure and let you know ...

Thanks, everyone! You're too nice!

Bonnie said...

I JUST found your blog and here is a post about the beautiful quilt you made me! I LOVE, LOVE it. And the black is perfect. Thank you