I’m so thrilled to have this one done!! The baby has been contemplating an early arrival….well not the baby as much as Kalissa’s recent tests and ultrasounds. A week ago at an ultrasound little Mr. Friedman was already an over 8 pound baby. That was with a month to go. A C-section before the due date has been mentioned…for now we wait. We need to keep that baby incubating as long as we can.
In light of all of that, it’s good I have this finished!!
I took a lot of pictures and hope to do a little commentary on the process of my thinking while I made the quilt.
Check out the wonky log cabin blocks in two to the corners…I love how they look…. I did them like this with the hope that the neutral background would “turn the corner” with the letters.
With Carver’s baby quilt I bound in red…this time I decided to see if I could use one shirt and have enough for binding. I easily did.
I went with a blue and I really like the look. The red made it seem a little more “fenced in”.
There is a lot going on with this quilt. It’s busy but I love it. The blocks are actually sewn together in rows. The blocks were 8″ wide but they could be any length. They were then sewn into strips to come up with a 40″ row.
Then I put on a 2″ inner border. The the outer border was again cut at 8″ wide.
I tried to add some cute details…see the little strips of scraps under the letters. It would have been MUCH easier not to add that but I wanted to spice it up.
To make these quilts fun it’s important to “do the little details”.
Other things I did was make LOTS of stars. I made the flying geese line up in a row.
Here they are from another angle.
For the colors I stuck with primarily blue, reds, yellows and neutrals. I like it MUCH better than when I mixed all of the colors in.
Everything is free form. I don’t measure a thing. I don’t plan much of it out. I often find a piece of something in the scrap box and build on to it or I cut it up. I try to change things up….some stars are all the same color, some are red, some have a background scrap for the center of the star. Some are cut wonky after they are made. Some are put on the diagonal…some not.
I started working on my Crumb baby Friedman quilt this past week. I didn’t get a lot of sewing time. Life got in front of my best intentions. I was hoping to get my alphabet all done. I forgot how tedious making the letters can be. I love making them though.
Here’s how I made an “O”. I cut a piece of fabric for the center. I just guess a size that I think might be good.
I free form cut some triangles and sew them to the corners. I iron them open.
From there I iron and clip off anything hanging over the edge.
Next…two side strips….then iron.
Then two top strips….and iron.
Then the corners all get triangles put on them.
I don’t worry at all about straight of the grain and all that. You can see that but looking at the white triangles I put on the corners.
I work two letters at a time. The “H” is going in first..a “K” is under the needle. I always pick one easy letter and one harder letter. The “H”…easy. The “K” I have to think about a bit to the angles right.
Here’s my “K”….LOOKING GOOD!!
and here it is finished.
I’m doing a whimsical version so the letters are all different sizes. I am doing this as a baby quilt with the intention that the baby, once he’s a toddler, will learn letters using the quilt like Carver does so I’m making only capital letters.
When I did Kalissa’s quilt I used upper and lowercase letters.
I think that’s more fun but…for this purpose. All uppers.
We’re supposed to have snow and bad weather over the weekend. That means hopefully I’ll get some quilting time. Tackling this quilt is on my list of things to sew….on Monday I plan to talk about making the flying geese blocks.
About a week or two ago, I gave you all a little warning that I was preparing to tackle another crumb quilt.
This was the quilt I did with the original “crumb along”.
At the time I said the quilt would go to the first grandchild. The quilt sat around for a few years and the first grandchild ended up being Carver.
He loves the quilt…not as much as the “bit” (crocheted throw-Kayla made him) but he uses it most nights. It’s family tradition that they find a few letters on the quilt before bedtime… Carver’s “C”, Mommy’s “M”, Daddy’s “D” and so on. Because of the good memories Carver’s quilt made with him, Kalissa said, “Mom, why not make another just like Carver’s for the new baby.”
I was fine with that so….I started the new crumb quilt for Baby Friedman. As of Monday, this is how far along I am…. Continue reading →