Friday, June 3, 2011

Finished just in time.... depending on the baby!

I haven't have time for other crafts this week because I have been busy finishing the quilt for Brooke's baby. She is due today! Brooke selected the beautiful printed fabric in the large blocks first and then we tried to find purples to match. Not an easy task. Eventually we had the fabrics, decided on the pattern, and I went to work.

I started this quilt in plenty of time, but somewhere in the middle lost my motivation. I think I was disappointed in one part of it. (Another wayward craft.) Last week I knew I had to get a move on, so I picked it up again. I had to add a little fabric to the backing, and my sewing machine broke! For the first time in 29 YEARS I had to take her in for service. (She is back home and doing great now.)

Anyway, after a couple evenings of marking hearts all over the quilt-- chosen because we already love this baby, I was ready to quilt. I love to hand quilt, but I don't do it very often. I was happy to be able to do it.

I finished the quilting Tuesday and the binding Thursday at 9pm.
This slideshow will show my progress.


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If you are interested in the specifics, I will be happy to send you the directions. I kind of made it up as I went along and I really liked how it turned out. I hope the baby will, too.

13 comments :

Brave Brooke said...

I love it!! Thanks for spending so much time on this. It is beautiful! My mom is amazing!

Just Jaime said...

It looks so pretty! Great song choice too!

Lani said...

this is great! I am so excited for Brooke to have her baby. I really want to hand quilt a quilt sometime but I am so scared! Any tips?

Mom said...

Lani,
Just start practicing. You might want to look at some tutorials online if you are a complete novice. I have tried lots of different thimbles and guards, but now I just use an plain thimble on the middle finger of my right hand to push the needle. I started practicing on some fabric that was printed to look like a quilt. I added the batting and backing and put it in a large hoop. (About 16".) As you practice, you will find what works best for you. Be prepared to get calluses from all the needle pricks on the fingers you keep under the quilt. Start small. I almost always quilt in a hoop so it is portable. I remember quilting all the way to Florida and back once!
Here is a tutorial I found that shows basic technique. I do it pretty much like they show except I don't make knots like that. Good luck!
http://julieree.blogspot.com/2007/01/handquilting-tutorial.html

Keshet said...

Congrats, it looks great!

Jordan McCollum said...

Gorgeous, Mom!

You should do a whole post on how to hand quilt, or how you designed the quilting pattern for this quilt!

(Hurry up, baby!)

Allie said...

Gorgeous quilt!!

Tracy said...

This is just beautiful and a treasure for this very loved baby.
The colours are just so pretty.

Connie the crafterbug said...

Beautiful quilt! I just love the fabric you chose.
Connie

CraftyMummy said...

Love the colours you chose - not too "baby" so she'l have it for years - and especially the hearts in the quilting.

Ashley said...

wow you totally ROCK!!!
this is awesome

http://jaysonandashley.blogspot.com/

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Your blog is very entertaining...love the header!

Thanks for stopping by and linking up to Creative Juice!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

So pretty! I just love quilts.

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