Cows And Crayons Complete

Two more baby quilts complete.

The cows you have seen before.

Crayons snuck in quickly and behind the scenes.

They are both heading to my parents’ house for distribution to family and friends.  I have three more scheduled for this same purpose.  My parents are very tolerant of my sewing obsession.  A few years ago my mother proudly announced that she now had enough Deanna quilts for every bed in the house.  And she rotates them from time to time.  She is very protective of them, too. Some guests are deemed “not worthy” without even knowing it and the Deanna quilt is removed from the bed and replaced with a store-bought comforter before they arrive if she has any reason to suppose that they might not be appreciative or careful of the quilt.  I think it is a little funny.

These quilts, though, are definitely to be used. Just right for wrapping babies.

A Sparkle Jane Quilt

My amazing daughter, Sparkle Jane, is 17 and a senior in high school.  She still quilts, but hasn’t maintained her blog for a long time because of the rest of her schedule.  We all understand that there are times and seasons in life.

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Here is her most recent finish, for one of her teachers and his wife on the advent of their baby daughter.

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It isn’t a pattern, just her take on the best use of the scrap pile she was considering. It finishes at about 40″ wide and is my second practice try at longarm quilting.  My part is far from perfect, but I think the quilt is Darling!

Lily Pad Finished

The Lily Pad quilt is now a finish, too.

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It is being delivered to a fellow teacher for the very-soon-expected arrival of him and his wife’s new baby girl. (Child #6 in their family.  And, he says, the last.)

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My friend, Ginny, did the quilting with an allover design of daisies.  You can find the TUTORIAL in the tab above.

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Such a happy quilt!  If you make a Lily Pad quilt, please let me know and send pictures for me to add to the gallery.  Sharing is the best!

A Small Herd

My cousin and his wife are expecting, and my mother asked me to make them a special quilt:  COWS!

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It is a small herd, but I love it.

If you want to make a special quilt, but not so many fiddly blocks, consider this quilt.  The ideas was inspired by Deedee and her quilt of valor HERE:   https://deedeequilts.blogspot.com/2017/07/quilts-for-vets-of-wayne-county-tn-part.html

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The cow block is a pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts and can be purchased HERE: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SewFreshQuilts

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The rest is 3-1/2″ squares.  The finished top measures 36″x37″.

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That makes three baby quilts that are finished tops and need to be quilted.  I really need to get myself together and get that done.  Babies grow fast.

TUTORIAL: Lily Pad Baby Quilt

This happy little quilt is based on the Fresh Flowers quilt by Karen. (You can see the original here: http://piecesofcontentment.blogspot.com.au/2011/02/fresh-flowers-quilt.html ) She kindly gave permission for me to resize it and write a tutorial for the design.  I just love the happy shape.  Hers uses a charm pack (5″ squares), a great alternative.  This one is based on 4″ squares.

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Finished size: 32-1/2″ 32-1/2″

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MATERIALS

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36 4″ squares.  Use scraps to give variety.  On this one I used 6 different fabrics in the six colors chosen to match the backing fabric.  I like doing that with baby quilts.

1/3 yard for the outer “strip” and binding (not shown in picture above)

1  yard background fabric

1-1/8  yard backing fabric (or as required for quilting technique)

batting suitable

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

  • Prepare your colored squares.  36 of them.
  • Background fabric:
    • 36 4″ squares
    • 4 2-1/2″x 9-1/2″ strips
    • 4 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ strips
    • 4 2-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ strips
    • 2 1-1/2″ x 30-1/2″ strips
    • 2 1-1/2″ x 32-1/2″ strips
  • Colored Strip:
    • 4 1-1/2″x9-1/2″ strips
    • 4 1-1/2″x10-1/2″ strips
    • 4 2-1/4″xWOF for binding

CONSTRUCTION

  1. Pair the colored squares with background squares.  Draw a diagonal line across the back of the background square.  Stitch 1/4″ away from the line on each side.  Cut and iron open to create two half-square triangles. Do this 36 times.  It will create 72 half-square triangle blocks.

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2. Square up the half-square triangles to 3-1/2″ inches. Yes, this does matter.

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3. Lay it out in a pleasing arrangement.  You will notice that it is an arrangement of 8 by 8, plus 8 more in triangles outside the array.

4. Stitch the rows together.  I created strips and then sewed the strips together, nesting the seams for accurate piecing and to minimize bulk.

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5. Now you are going to create the first set of borders.  Sew the 1-1/2″x9-1/2″ colored strips to the 2-1/2″x9-1/2″ background strips.  Do this four times.

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6. Make a long border that uses a strip-background pair, two half square triangles in a pyramid shape, and a second strip-background pair. Make sure the colored strip is on the side that is at the base of the pyramid as shown below.  To this two times.

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7. Attach the borders to the top and bottom of the quilt.

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8. Now, you are going to create the borders for the other two sides.  The technique is similar, but there are extra pieces. First, attach the 1-1/2″x2-1/2″ background pieces to the 1-1/2″x10-1/2″ colored strip.  Do this four times.

NOTE: I thought for sure that I had pictures of each step. I guess I was caught up in the creative process.  I’ll have to make another one sometime soon and do better on photography.

9. Stitch the pieced strip to the 2-1/2″x12-1/2″ background strips.  Double check first to make sure the small background  piece will end up on the outer end of the larger pieced unit and on the base of the triangle.  Yep, I had to use my seam ripper here when I didn’t double check. 🙂 Do this four times.

10. Again, Make a long border that uses a background-strip-background pair, two half square triangles in a pyramid shape, and a second background-strip-background pair. Make sure the colored strip is on the side that is at the base of the pyramid.  Do this two times.

11. Attach the borders to the sides of the quilt.  The colored strips should meet, giving a continuous look to the corners of the colored border.

12.  Attach the 1-1/2″x30-1/2″ background strips to the top and bottom of the quilt.

13.  Attach the 1-1/2″x32-1/2″ background strips to the sides of the quilt.

14. Ta-dah!  You have a finished quilt top.

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LILY PAD GALLERY

This is the first Lily Pad quilt I made, for a family in my neighborhood.

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Your beautiful creations shared here…

Another Baby. Another Quilt.

Yes, there are a lot of new babies around here.  This is just a quick little thing I threw together…

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Now that I am looking, it is similar to this Moda Bake Shop tutorial: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2015/06/sunset-ridge-quilt.html#more-30708  It is smaller and fitted to my taste (more color and less white, and the frame around the color) and my fabric–in this case, the orange and blue fabrics that came to me as irregularly cut “brick” scraps.

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After trimming down to a standard size and finding some additional friends, it seemed to be a quilt.  Ta-dah!  It is a quilt top.

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Now I want to make another one.  Heaven knows I’ve got the scraps and someone somewhere is bound to have a baby.