Baby and Mother are still hanging in there.
And the quilt is finished.
It is made with 2-1/2″ squares and is only 22″ each way. At that size it was easy to straight line quilt on my faithful old Pfaff 130 that came from my paternal grandmother.
I am working on the dress next and hope to have it to share soon.
ps–The planned name for Baby is Amelia Rose, just so you can keep her in mind.
A tiny baby will likely join the family in the next two weeks. Our former foster daughter has had a difficult pregnancy. The baby isn’t getting enough nutrition through the umbilical cord and is growing very slowly. Both baby and mother are showing signs of distress. So the doctors have given steroid shots and set a goal delivery date.
The baby will probably weigh around 4 pounds.
I had these mini-charm squares, and a few friends, laying around and whipped up a quick top. It is 22″ square, but will cover the little one for quite a while. (Yes, the lighting is terrible. I woke up at 3:30am with a foot cramp and couldn’t get back to sleep so I made this…)
Now I need to find a back and binding and get it finish. Quickly.
ps–I am looking for some good preemie patterns if you have suggestions for a dress.
It was fun to turn the scraps into a top.
But even more fun to turn the top into a finish. And use more of the prepared scrappy bindings Sparkle Jane and I created and set aside.
Even small finishes are so satisfying. This adds to my growing stack of baby quilts to be gifted or donated by the end of the year.
More babies needed!
Using THIS TUTORIAL and the the last of the leftover jelly roll scraps that created the coin quilts, I made this baby quilt top.
It was fun to add scraps to make it work. The light blue solid doesn’t show quite the right color here. It looks better in person.
Sometimes I am given scraps, or even a partially finished quilt, that just isn’t my style. But, it is an opportunity.
It pushes my creativity, design skills and problem solving abilities. It makes me a beginner again. It makes me learn.
Sometimes a not-my-style quilt is just what I need.
ps–Judy asks a good question: What was I actually given? AGAIN, I didn’t take a picture of the starting point. But, there were a few pinwheels finished, with a dark purple strip sewn to one side. There were several sets of squares (light purple and background) sewn together all the way around, ready to cut on the diagonal, trim and sew together into pinwheels. There was extra yardage of both purple fabrics. And a few odds and ends of both colors.
It isn’t my usual style, but I do like it.
Small (32″ x 32″) and sweet.
The back isn’t my very favorite, but it did use fabric that I had on hand.
And finished! Another warm baby in the world.
That pile of scraps has become two baby quilts.
They are about 35″ x 37″. And it is fun to see them side by side.
They still need quilting, but soon…
Is this something you would like a tutorial for?
Hard to believe Finja Sofia is already two months old.
It does a quilter’s heart good to see a quilt used and loved.
Next, arrange the 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangles (or groups of rectangles) into sets of 15. This will create a larger strip 4-1/2″ x 30-1/2″.
Then stitch them together.
Only a few steps to go.
Using all possible previously sewn seams makes a difference. Each of those seams feels like a gift from another quilter. Quilts like this stitch us together as much as we stitch them together.
One of the fun things about Adoptable Quilts (a collection of leftovers, orphan blocks, and coordinating scraps) is that it probably isn’t something you would have done in the first place.
They are also low cost emotionally and financially. I like to look at them as a puzzle or challenge…There IS a quilt in here SOMEWHERE!
This is a lot of light pastels. Not my usual color run. But there is potential.
Successful adoptions generally find or make a common denominator: color, size, pattern, something.
This time there are a lot of 2-1/2″ strips (some sewn into sets and some loose), some 5″ charm squares, and a little miscellaneous scrap. So, I was looking for multiples of 4″ finished….
Using the strip sets and charm squares/scraps, I created this 8″ block.
Random-ish layout and ta-dah! A baby quilt. The finished top is a little smaller than I generally like, but I was out of pieces. 32″ square.
And, it was FUN!
ps–The leftover pieces are being cut into pieces for Welcome Home blocks or 1-1/2″ squares for my current leader-ender project. Not much goes to waste. Or back into inventory.