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tresa
« on: July 25, 2008 03:19:18 PM »

I decided to do my son's nursery in an alphabet/children's literature theme, so I made this quilt for him. It was my first ever completed start to finish quilt and I'm so beyond hooked now.



It was also my first time playing around with machine applique and I'll definitely have to do that again as well. In fact, I loved making this quilt so much that it's one of the very few projects I could actually see myself doing more than once.



I also made a matching bumper to go with it.




For pictures of the whole nursery, you can go to my blog post about it, here: http://reese-dixon.blogspot.com/2008/06/long-overdue-house-tour-day-three.html.

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2008 03:37:59 PM »

I love that blanket i want to make one! it looks so well done and i love the ABC idea for the babies room..you have a very lucky baby Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2008 04:11:17 PM »

What a great quilt - homey, but boy appropriate.  I took a peak at your blog, and the babies room is terrific. You have done a great job with it.
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2008 07:43:38 PM »

You did such a great job!  It looks like something you could go and buy in a store!
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2008 09:25:04 PM »

That is beautiful! I just started quilting....it is very addictive!
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2008 08:40:09 AM »

Too cute!  I love homemade baby "stuff" so much better than the generic premade ones.
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2008 02:38:10 PM »

thats very cute ... great job .. i know after i finished my first quilt i was even more addicted then before. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2008 09:36:47 PM »

Wow--first quilt! Great work!  Really like the nursery, too.  I am a new quilter, too, and it is addictive, isn't it?  Have fun!!
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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2008 11:18:29 AM »

I LOVe this.  Ver creative baby quilt and great machine applique.
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« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2008 09:43:06 PM »

That alphabet quilt is SO COOL! 
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« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2008 10:01:20 PM »

Great job, they both turned out so nicely.
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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2008 11:11:37 AM »

your quilt is beautiful!  as a teacher I just can't get enough of the letters...did you teach yourself how to machine applique?
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tresa
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2008 02:59:54 PM »

Thanks for all the kind words! It's so fun to get a good response.

I did teach myself how to machine applique imagreenegg - it was actually not terribly difficult to get started. I just pulled out the instruction manual to my sewing machine to figure out how to get the stitch effect I wanted, and then I read online that you can use an ironed flat coffee filter as your stabilizer and that worked like a dream. Way cheaper than real stabilizer too.
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nemejia
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2008 05:28:44 PM »

I'll have to "file" away that coffee filter tip. The quilt is gorgeous as is the nursery

I have been wanting to paint the alphabet in my children's room. How did you do it? Step by step pretty please! what size are the letters and what font did you use?

Thank you in advance!
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tresa
« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2008 06:06:39 PM »

Oh I totally cheated nemejia, I didn't paint the letters at all. I painted the stripe using a laser level and my OCD, and then I had a friend of mine who sells vinyl stickers cut the letters out for me. She did them for free as a baby shower gift, but it would probably run you about $80 to have it done.

The font was Century Gothic, bolded, and I just told her I wanted the letters to measure eight inches tall, counting capital letters and tails. When they came back, they were a little bigger than I expected (I think she forgot to include the tails on the lowercase G's and such), but luckily I waited to paint the stripe until after I had the letters in hand, so I just made it a little bit bigger.

The hard part was figuring out the spacing. My math wizard husband did all the work for me. We taped each letter to the wall to see where things ran into corners or windows, and then just averaged out the space between each letter. We managed it with only a modicum of swearing.

$80 sounds like a lot, but I would have paid it. After painting the stripe I realized that if you have any texture on your walls at all, trying to get a crisp edge is tough. Trying to get a crisp edge around a curve would be a nightmare.
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« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2008 05:56:24 AM »

I thought they might be vinyl. It sounds like plenty of work just to figure out the spacing let alone trying to paint them up there! Thanks though! I might look into buying some too! Actually I had thought about cutting them out of contact paper, I just can't decide what color. My daughter (2) and son (4) share a room. The walls are about as yellow as they look in your pictures. Their bedding is mostly navy blue and white so I don't know if navy on the walls will be too much
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« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2008 09:11:08 PM »

I adore this!
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« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2008 11:23:17 AM »

This quilt is wonderful!  I love how you taught yourself machine applique and it looks absolutely professional.
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« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2008 07:57:26 PM »

Love love love this.  And I looked at your site with pics of the whole room......so adorable!!!!

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