Friday, July 26, 2013

A fun, summery quilt for my niece

Hello world! It's been awhile since I've had a "real" post up.

We just got back from our family vacation to Idaho where I got to hand deliver this cute little summer quilt to my niece, Sierra. It was a spur of the moment project I decided I needed to make and bring with me on my trip two days before I left (Auntie can't come without bearing gifts, right?) 

Now, how beautifully adorable is this sweet baby girl with her new quilt? I cannot get over this babe! From her cute little cloth diapers down to her flowery pink sandals on her tiny feet! She's the perfect model for this.

I whipped this quilt up in just one day, using two charm packs of fabrics. Charm packs are pre-cut 5x5 inch pieces of coordinating fabric in a collection, and they are awesome little time savers and are great for quick projects with little cutting. (You might remember this quilt I made a while back using a charm pack too). I have a ton of cute charm packs in my fabric stash, and these 2 in particular I had envisioned together as a playful, fun, summery picnic or beach quilt. I decided to keep the layout super simple, for obvious time reasons, and I wanted it to be totally randomly laid out.

Here's how it looked when I combined the charm packs and laid them out:

When I was happy with the placement, I started forming the rows.

Then I sewed the rows together and pressed the seams. They weren't all perfect but I love how the fabric all comes together! So yummy. Is it weird that I wanted to eat the quilt?

Then it was time to layer it all together (the backing, batting, & the quilt top) and figure out how I wanted to quilt it all together.

I decided to straight stitch on either side of each seam to hold it all together.

I've never done it that way before, but I love how it turned out! It gave the backing, which was simple polka dot fabric, a quilted look too. See? I love the (imperfect!) squares on the back.

I added a fun, pink & orange flowery binding (the outer edge) and the quilt was done!

I was so excited to let Sierra try out her quilt. Do you think she likes it?

She played on it outside in my parent's backyard while the whole family visited and had fun. She even fell asleep on it and took a little nap, all while sucking her thumb. I got teary eyed watching her sleep because that's exactly how I imagined her quilt would be used when I was sewing all of those little squares together. It made me so happy to see her with it!

We took it to the beach with us too and she sat on it in her little shaded spot on the sand.

I'm really happy with how this little quilt came out, and I'm so happy my brother and his new family will get to enjoy it for years to come.

I'll be back to my regular blog posting now. Thanks for being so understanding & letting me take some much needed time off to relax with my family while on vacation. I have tons of pictures and some fun adventures to share with you- all in good time, my friends! I missed the blogging world...a lot.

Now, on to the next project :)


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3 comments:

  1. Wow, what a beautiful quilt! So cute and summery :) I can't believe you made it in 2 days! I know nothing about quilting, but that seems impressive! haha!

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  2. what a beautiful quilt! Its so colorful and something your family will treasure for years to come. I cannot believe you made this in a day, go you! Your niece is gorg!


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  3. What a sweet quilt for a beautiful baby! I love your quilting, too.

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