What are your go-to-gifts for new babies? I'm partial to quilts (not surprisingly!), and thanks to the sudden influx of friends having babies, I've made quite a few baby quilts recently.
This whole-cloth quilt was made for Felix, who was born in October to my friend Katie, the gal behind Fancy Free Finery. Knowing that Katie is a fan of minimal and graphic design, I used a yard of digitally-printed windowpane fabric for the top of her son's quilt, which meant zero piecing was required on my part.
For the back, I paired a long out-of-print Lizzy House ribbon print with a coordinating strip of solid blue fabric. I loved adding a bit of color and pattern to the back to contrast with the simple black-and-white quilt top. I stuck with my signature cross-hatch quilting, and bound this baby quilt with minty scraps.
If you have a new baby in your life in need of a gift, and like this particular design, then be sure to check out this similar unisex baby quilt I have in the shop. It's back features an awesome retro paint-by-number print, which is a customer favorite.
I'm reaching the point in my life where many of my friends are now becoming parents (where did the time go?!). So when I found out a few months ago that a dear high school friend was expecting a little girl, it was a foregone conclusion that I would be making her a quilt.
I decided to revisit my yellow-and-white half-square triangle design, which I first created a quilt from about a year ago. It's a simple digital design, which I created in Photoshop, uploaded onto Spoonflower's website, and had printed onto Kona cotton. For this second version, I opted to use a gray elephant print on the back, since I knew that was the theme and chosen color for the baby's nursery, and bound it with a purple gingham binding for a pop of color.
Whole-cloth quilts are so nice to make since they're such quick and satisfying finishes, and I love this design in particular because the quilting lines make the quilt appear as if it were traditionally pieced.
If you'd like to try your hand at making your own version of this quilt, the top's design is now available in my Spoonflower shop; simply order a yard of it on your favorite cotton substrate, and you have a ready-made quilt top. It makes an excellent baby gift and is a perfect project for first-time quilters.
Today, I'm so excited to reveal the second of two whole-cloth quilts I launched this week! (You can read about the first one here.) I've been collaborating with a few designers to design quilt tops for the shop, which I then have digitally printed onto fabric and turn into finished quilts. You can read more about my thoughts on whole-cloth quilts and why I've been exploring them here.
Today, I'm so excited to reveal the first of two whole-cloth quilts I'll be launching this week! I've been collaborating with a few designers to design quilt tops for the shop, which I then have digitally printed onto fabric and turn into finished quilts. You can read more about my thoughts on whole-cloth quilts and why I've been exploring them here.
The first quilt in this collaborative series was...
Each time I make a quilt, I spend a significant amount of time piecing the top. Depending on the size of the quilt, I spend anywhere from 2 to 13 hours rummaging through scrap bins looking for the right fabric, trimming blocks, ironing rows, and auditioning layouts on my design wall. While it takes quite a bit of time, I do love the process of creating a top. Piecing little bits of fabric together...