Friday, January 16, 2009

Show and Tell Friday - Emma's Quilts

When I found out I was having a little girl, I decided to make her some quilts. I love to quilt, but haven't often found the time in recent years to devote to sewing projects. I wanted something for the bed that she could use beyond the tiny baby stage. I had a stack of Moda fabric squares in my stash in gentle, muted colors and cottage style prints. They came together quickly to make a sweet and simple baby quilt.

I paired the quilt with a moss-green minky bumper pad and a simple, ticking stripe dust ruffle. I wanted the bedding to have an old fashioned feel because I knew I wanted to fill the nursery with antiques someday.

This rocking chair was in my nursery when I was a baby.

I am happy with the size because I can double it now for the crib, but it is also big enough to one day be folded at the foot of a twin bed. I backed it in an unbleached muslin and machine quilted it.
The second quilt I made came together at the last minute. These cross stitch squares were in my fabric stash for probably ten years or more! I pulled them out one day to work on during a car trip. They were addicting, and once I started I couldn't stop! I took them to the soccer fields and worked on them during practices. I also took them to doctor's appointments and worked on them in the waiting room. Before long, I had twelve squares finished, so I decided to make them into a quilt. (Sorry the photo loaded sideways.)

I was in Hobby Lobby one day and found some pink and green fabrics on the clearance table that I really liked. I decided to use a simple setting for the cross stitched blocks and used the extra fabric to make matching curtains for the nursery.

I hand quilted around each animal, machine quilted the rest, and backed it in the pink fabric.

I still have not fully decided how to use this quilt. Up until now it has mostly stayed folded on the back of her glider, but I do have a charming wooden quilt holder, so it might go up on the wall in her room one day.
Quilts are fun to make, and even more fun to use. Here's my favorite part.......
I think quilting is a special art. I remember many happy hours spent working on these blankets when I was pregnant. I dreamed about my little one, and prayed for her, and imagined all the hours we would spend wrapped in these blankets, rocking together, and reading stories. Now she is 13 months old, and we enjoy all those special moments I dreamed about! :)
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Deb said...

Oh I love your quilts! One day your little one will treasure them! It's funny that we both shared quilts to day! I just found a lot of my childhood things that I thought were lost during a move. In the box was a baby quilt that my mom made for's over 45 yrs old so I guess that makes it an antique....wonder what that says about me!!!

Kelli said... pretty! Those are some of my favorite colors. You did a wonderful job!

Linda C said...

Your quilts are just lovely. I have always admired quilters and the hours of love they put in on these pieces.

These are family treasures. You did a lovely job and I also love the curtains!:)

Linda C

teachermomof2 said...

I love your quilts! What a wonderful gift for your dd, who will someday use them with her children.


Joy said...

How adorable! You did a great job.

Lady Katherine said...

So sweet the little one, Your quilts are so pretty.