Crafting – Sea to sky baby quilt

When I heard that my dear friends Svend and C were having a baby I knew that the baby quilt I made had to be pretty special. It was the first baby quilt I’d made in a while, and the first proper quilt project I had started since moving up to Auckland. I wanted something I hadn’t done before.

Between scouring Pinterest for cute baby quilts and pinning lots of ‘generic-ish quilt with cool appliqued image over the top’, looking through mum’s quilting books and generally musing over Easter I came up with an idea. What if there was a quilt with little squares or strips in different graded colours, like deep blues and purples at the bottom and that would be the sea, and then greens in the middle for the land, and pale blues for the sky? Then I could design applique animals and things to signify each area.

Mum and Anna both agreed this idea had merit, so I got to cutting. It turns out I have a lot of fabrics and a lot of in theme fabrics… I cut many strips.

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My sky went from pale blue to stars and planets, I had so many strips of differing widths that it covered my whole trestle table… Thankfully when you sew things together it all kind of compresses.

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Octopodes! Then it was time to design, iron onto bonding stuff and cut out little applique things. Here’s a close up of my alien piloted UFO, rocket ship and butterflies in the sky section.

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Once they were ironed on, I blanket stitched around them with embroidery floss. As C is a librarian and Svend an avid book collector I knew I could reference some children’s books. Here’s the bear from the brilliant ‘I want my hat back‘ by Jon Klassen in the bottom corner of the wide purple border.

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I also put a Totoro in amongst the houses.

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I’m pretty pleased with this little yellow hedgehog as well.

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One that was done it was sandwich it up with the batting and the backing and sew the thing, which was nice and quick because baby quilts are pretty small. Apologies for the crappy cellphone picture, must remember to use the tablet for craft images from now on as they come out much nicer.

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and here’s the back. I had a nice big panel of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, but had to pad it out with some Olivia, Firefly crew, dinosaurs, obscure animal alphabets and Where the Wild Things Are.

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I’m pleased to say that the quilt was well received by the expectant parents and I look forward to seeing pictures of it being used by the wee niblet.


Sunday Crafting

I had planned to make my friend Amy from work a baby quilt, and I talked to the other testers about donating (cash, fabric or cross stitched pieces to incorporate). All was going well, a bit on the slow side but there was no rush right? Not until Amy brought her moving date forward, anyway….

I got the last cross stitch pieces on Friday. Sarah came over to make more blocks (she’d already made 3) and help with the assembling of the quilt on Saturday. We got it into sandwich form by about 1.30 and I said to her “It won’t be done in time.” (Amy’s last day being Monday)

I bundled up the quilt sandwich and drove out to visit my folks, and my mum very kindly helped me hand quilt for a couple of hours Saturday afternoon… and again on Sunday morning. I drove home and sat down in front of the TV and finished most of the hand quilting before a break to catch up with friends and see Only Lovers Left Alive, then came home finished the hand quilting and the binding in front of Back to the Future 2 and 3 !

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I’m very impressed with myself. I can’t remember ever finishing a baby quilt so fast. Plus it looks awesome!

Here’s Amy with it, bump and all…

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