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« on: January 20, 2017 04:11:15 PM »



So, when I went to visit my mom for Christmas this year, she had another quilting project planned. She wanted to make a baby quilt for someone (who actually just had the baby the other day- 10 lbs 8 oz!) and, since it seems that someone is expecting a baby at least once a year at work, I figured I'd make one, too, so I could have one all ready to go! She found a picture of one that looked pretty basic but it didn't have a pattern available because you could only purchase the completed quilt. We only had about 3 1/2 days to do it.

Based on the finished size of the inspiration quilt, we worked out the measurements that just about made it the same size. We changed the layout slightly to make it symmetric. Then, we figured out how much of each fabric we needed to buy, and headed to the store! We bought a little bit more than we needed because we grabbed a FQ bundle, but my mom has put the extra fabric to good use already!

We've been sewing together for a while, and I usually handle the sewing machine and the cutting, while my mom does the pinning, pressing, and trimming.

Once we had our fabrics, we started playing with the layout options. This is mine (the stack of fabric in the corner is my mom's):



We appliqued an elephant and some little hearts on the center panel. My mom had never done applique before, so she was impressed with the magic of Wonder Under! After I zig-zagged the appliques, I hand embroidered the elephant eyes and tails.

The picture is pre-embroidery...



That just about took care of the first day and a half (planning, shopping, cutting, doing the appliques). The next day, we pieced both tops:



Mine is on the left, and my mom's is on the right.

The next (and final) day, we made the quilt sandwich and tied each quilt. I sewed the binding on my mom's and tried to stitch in the ditch. I missed one spot, and after I left, my mom decided to un-stitch it and hand stitch the binding. I decided to hand stitch the back of mine, too.

My mom's is backed in light purple flannel, but because they didn't have enough for two quilts, mine is backed in a dark teal.

Because we stopped working after dark each evening, the lighting isn't great in the photos, but they came out pretty cute, and they were pretty easy to make. Besides the binding, the hardest part was the applique. And, I'll definitely use this layout for a few more baby quilts (I might change the dimensions slightly- I don't love the proportions of it- it's long and not too wide- the photos of the completed quilts are across a queen-sized bed).

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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2017 04:28:20 PM »

Oh my goodness, I just love these! Great color palettes and just so sweet! <3
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2017 07:41:29 AM »

Lovely pair of quilts, especially the elephant center-pieces, and it's great that you and your mom work so well together as a team!
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2017 02:01:38 PM »

Thank you! My mom had a specific baby to make it for, so the colors were based on the colors of the nursery. And, my mom and I (and sometimes my aunt) have been sewing together like this for years! We can get a lot done in less time.
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2017 05:33:24 AM »

 Those are so adorable and I can't believe you got them done so quickly! Wow! I am greatly impressed.
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2017 06:00:16 AM »

They are very sweet & so quickly done, amazing!
I'm envious of your team effort, I long for a crafty crew but haven't got anyone to sew with. Well, my young daughter is learning so one of these days...
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2017 01:44:07 PM »

That's so cool that you crafted something with your mum!  And they're really cute too.  Lucky babies!  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2017 02:50:38 PM »

Thanks! We went with a really simple pattern so we could get them finished in the time that I had. And, the teamwork definitely helped- I hate the pinning, pressing, and trimming, and my mom just doesn't like the rotary cutter, so it works out nicely!

And, craftylittlemonkey, we didn't start sewing like this until I was in high school or college, so you have time to get your daughter ready! Smiley
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