Sunday, November 29, 2015

Baby Girl Quilt


A few weeks ago my daughter and son-in-law drove from the Dallas area for a weekend, and presented my husband and me with a gift bag containing this little item. After about five seconds of "oh that's cute" then "wait, does this mean...?", we both started crying tears of joy! It was totally unexpected and very welcome news. "Baby Divided" on the onesie represents their universities - University of Oklahoma (hers) and Texas Tech (his). As of today she is 21 weeks pregnant and due in April, and they recently shared the news that it is a baby girl!


Our daughter and son-in-law with T-shirts that tell the story.


I had dreamed about what kind of quilt she would like and was prepared to show her many ideas, but she chose simple blocks with fabrics she loved. Most of the fabrics are organic, and all of them are gorgeous.


I am in love with the backing she chose - Pat Bravo's Ditsy Radiance from the Nouvelle collection. I included a few blocks of it on the front of the quilt to add much-needed low volume.



She loves birdies and was delighted to see them on these Birch organics.



The squares are 4-1/2 inches, and the finished size is 36 x 45.


She wanted a quilt like one she found and loved on Etsy, so I researched the fabrics and identified all of them. Only one was discontinued, and I couldn't find it anywhere. She chose Art Gallery's Bunny Binkies Funk Metallic as a substitute, and she loves the bunnies.


I marked the center of each block, made a little "orange peel" template, and painstakingly quilted orange peels with my walking foot. I love how they look on the back. The binding is Pat Bravo's Hypnotic Paramour in Rose.


They were here again the day after Thanksgiving and I finished the quilt the day before they arrived. She left it with me because she wants my label on it. I will update with a picture of her with her quilt when she returns at Christmas.



10 comments:

  1. I am so excited for you Linda! What fabulous news and what a lovely quilt you have made! It is beautiful! Congratulations! Christine x

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  2. Congratulations! That is such exciting news. I can't believe you already have a quilt cut, piece

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  3. Trying again! I don't know how I sent that off, mid sentence.
    OK - Congratulations to the grandma and to your daughter. I cannot believe you have already picked fabric, cut and pieced it, quilted and bound it. That was quick. Or at least it seemed so to me. I hope the rest of the pregnancy goes well and that you will soon have a new grand daughter. I am so happy for all of you!

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    1. I do that all the time on my iPhone Bernie! Lol my kids make fun of me. ;) They actually made their announcement early October, and she sent me a link to her pick of quilts a week or two after that. I didn't include in my post all the mistakes I made with batting and quilting, so I was pooped when I finished! It'll be worth every minute though. ;)

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  4. Ah cute! Congrats! Yet another good reason to make a quilt.

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  5. Wow! Congratulations on the new grand baby! Such a sweet quilt and what a bonus that they will be able to bring their little bundle home from the hospital wrapped in it.

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    1. Awwww thanks Gayle - that is a pretty neat thought. :)

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  6. What a sweet baby quilt! I love the orange peel quilting; I've done that, too, with a template and my walking foot! Congratulations on your new grandbaby! I love the way they told you!

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  7. New babies are always fun, and leave it to you to be prepared well in advance with a darling quilt. I love that elephant fabric. I've been looking for something like that, only in darker colors. Congratulations to all!!

    On a totally unrelated subject, did I ever tell you that I went to school with Michael McDonald? He was a couple of years ahead of me.

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  8. Oh how exciting for your family, a new baby is so special. You have chosen great fabrics for the quilt and I just love the quilting....well done, now you can start on baby things. I have one due any day now and its a girl too. Very special Christmas for us this year.

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