Ombre baby quilt

I made a baby quilt for one of Anna’s friends from chorus. I used inspiration from Pinterest, this post in particular. But I got a bit carried away with how many colours I wanted it to go through, so I added a scrambled colour border on the sides only.

Mochi has been very interested in this quilt from the start, see?

I’ve been pretty obsessed with applique ideas off pinterest, Anna requested whales and starfish and I really like the way they came out. (Detail photos below.)

Best photo of cat and quilt but there is also this one of her trying to catch my needle and thread as I hand sew on my lap.

The backing is blue panda bun fabric that Theresa gave me, and it looks super cute on the back. The colours all just mesh together nicely, and the dark blue binding pulls it together.

Whaley and starfishy.

Baby quilt for old friends

Flashback craft… Sadly the only photo I seem to have of this one is it incomplete… but you get the idea 🙂

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I’ve known the mama of this baby since third form, so… 1993. I met the papa in university (around the 1999 – 2000 area) and I introduced them. When I heard they were expecting a baby I thought back to the sorts of colours I remember her liking and went from there.

The pattern is made up of pinwheel, double square and double pinwheel blocks, because apparently I was feeling the doubles. Particularly fond of the Where the Wild Things Are and expressive cat fabrics I used in the border. The back is made up of Very Hungry Caterpillar fabrics.

Halloween mini quilts

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Some weekend day last year, I tracked down all my Halloween themed fabrics and just started cutting stuff up and sewing it together. I did a bit of fussy cutting to get some of the cutest characters featured. I found some checkerboard stuff to lift the fabrics some and as I was putting it together and loving it, I realised it wasn’t a quilt for me. It was a quilt for my dear, Halloween and Goth stuff loving friend Jack. Once I had it at a decent small lap quilt/large wall hanging sort of size I put it together with a backing of Goosebumps duvet cover from Trash Palace.

Once I’d put that together I figured I should make one for myself as well. Using some of the off cuts from the first one, and some new discounted Halloween fabric from Spotlight I made a smaller, darker and a little less fun one for myself. Don’t get me wrong, I still really like the second one, but it’s not quite as ‘wow!’ to me. It’s more sedate.

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At the time of writing this second one is still in the same state – just a quilt top. I had a busy end of year getting baby quilts and Christmas craft done so I haven’t got it put together yet.

Hipster brickwall quilt

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I’d been stashing a group of fabrics for a while, with the vague idea of making some sort of hipster ish quilt. They’re mostly fabrics from spoonflower, some from Spotlight and a couple from patchwork shops. One sunny weekend morning I found this tutorial on pinterest and decided to try it out with the fabrics I’d already grouped together.

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This was a really fun quilt to piece, quick and easy with the large ‘bricks’ and it was fun trying to decide which ones to put on the ends and cut in half. I used a white on white island fabric from Vonnya’s in Raro for a wide border, and used navy blue on the binding to set the colours off. The backing was a delightfully soft drill sort of fabric from Spotlight.

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This quilt went to Anna’s sister and her fiance for Christmas and I’m happy to say they liked it.

Rainbow baby quilt

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I was over the moon when Jay and Sophie told me they were having a baby. Not just because I love the two of them and I want them to be happy and their baby will be awesome, but because I knew I could go all out on the geekiness with a baby quilt for them. Knowing that both Jay and Sophie play Pokemon Go, and inspired by pokemon quilts on pinterest like this one I went on aliexpress and bought some pokemon fabric.

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Rainbow quilts have inspired me as well lately, and I realised that I’d previously bought a bundle of rainbow plain fabrics at a spotlight sale. I went with 2 and a half inch strips of rainbow fabric, 3 and a half inch squares of fussy cut characters or patterns and had a lot of fun making cobblestone blocks. This quilt came together fast, and I backed it with my favourite Ikea animals (running out!). I quilted it as quick as I could too, so I could bring it down to Wellington on my work trip and deliver it to Jay.

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He wasn’t at his desk when I dropped it off so I didn’t get to see the reaction, but the excited texts and big hugs I got next time I saw him made up for that. Very pleased with this quilt 🙂

Happy, geeky quilts for two boys

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I had a lot of fun making these quilts. Two lovely friends of mine adopted two little boys this year. I thought it was such a gracious, loving thing to do for the community at large that I wanted to help somehow. I chose to help by making the two boys their own patchwork quilts. I was advised of their likes: superheroes, minions, fruit.. and made two almost matching but not quite quilts. It was a lot of fun using so many of my geeky fabrics.

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Star Wars (Rey and BB-8 highlighted because of personal preference), Iron Man, Thor, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman (fave of their new mama) and a fantastic Justice League group fabric with lots of characters. Then Minions, kawaii fruit and vege, owls, school supplies, sky sharks… this quilt has a lot going on. I kept the colours bright and cheerful and used some Island fabric from Rarotonga for nice wide borders. Both came out about single bed sized and by all accounts were well received.

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Also I didn’t shy away from pinks, purples or ‘girly’ prints, because to be frank, gendered colours shouldn’t be a thing. And I’m really happy with the colour combinations in these. The binding is coloured calico I bought off Trade Me, which I love having to hand and is lovely and soft to work with.

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I’ve been using this same Ikea children’s fabric for years, sourcing it where-ever I could – through friends in Australia, off Trade Me. Sadly This is the last big chunk used for these two quilts, but I don’t mind too much. It’s just such fantastically weird animal designs.

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.