Monday, July 2, 2012

Doll Quilt

The front

I made this little baby snuggle/doll quilt for a baby shower two weeks ago. I received the mini charm pack of Summer House in my swag bag from Sewing Summit last year. I wasn't quite sure just how to use it. The squares were 2.5"x2.5" tiny! My friend Kelly was having a baby shower for her newest addition & I figured now would be the perfect time to use them.

The white cotton for the surrounding fabric & the blue binding were both purchased from Hancock. 

The quilting pattern is one I just kind of made up as I went. I knew I wanted hearts & paisleys. I used my machine but everything is free handed as I went. I do use taylor's chalk to map out lines on the quilts I work on so that everything is neat & tidy. The taylor's chalk comes out in the wash.

In the middle I used a "wiggle" stitch.

Up close of the quilting

Back of the quilt

I used a scrap of light blue & white gingham that I had from my stash for the back fabric.

Once I washed the blanket it had the most amazing crinkle to it. I do believe this is my favorite part of the whole quilting process. Pulling a blanket out of the dryer & seeing all the "puff" of the stitching makes my heart happy. Plus the "puff" helps to hide all of my little mistakes in the quilting ;)

Little Aris gave the blanket a test run. The blanket measures 24"x17" & can be used for burping or changing or as a snugglie while my friends baby is little. Once she is a little older she can use it to snuggle her own baby dolls. I like giving gifts that can serve more than one purpose.

I really wanted to make a little drawing of the quilting so that people can use it on their own projects. These first two weeks of summer break have proven to be a little crazier than I thought they would be. We are having so much fun though. If there is an interest in the comments section I'll draw it up this week & post it this weekend. Just let me know.