25 Feb

Too Many Quilts (3)

Who needs a baby quilt?

I made a simple, happy, baby quilt for a friend and since I was teaching basic patchwork at my local Parks and Rec in Hawaii at the time, thought it might make a good class quilt so I made a few samples. Star Baby Indigo is one of those samples. It’s a mix of printed, hand dyed, and batik cottons. Machine quilted, and very gently used. The backing is cream colored muslin. The quilt is 35″ x 50.”

Star Baby Indigo

I’m offering Star Baby Indigo for $100, anywhere in the US. Paypal only. Email me at umzavi(at)hotmail.com if you are interested. DONATED to Cares Northwest

02 Dec

Homes for the Baby Quilts

I got my quilting into high gear last week and finished three baby quilts in time to send them off to the Quilt Study Center in Nebraska to be donated to the People’s City Mission. They need quilts of all sizes and styles so it seemed like a super match for my happy little quilts. I hope they will help keep some kids warm this winter.

 

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And guess what, no puckers! I have had issues in the past, but this time I starched the backings and used spray baste for the back (but not the top). The biggest factor was probably that I was using cotton backing instead of puffier wool though, so I’ll have to try wool again before proclaiming victory over the pucker, but for now I’m happy.

 

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23 Oct

Baby Quilts

Lots of them.

I started my quilting journey making baby quilts for friends. These days most of my friends are parents of teens so there’s not too much need for baby quilts. But every now and then the opportunity arises, and last year friends we met in Hawai’i conceived twins after much trying. Twin quilts — fun! There would need to be two, and they’d have to be the same, but different.

Twin Quilt 1
I started with this one. The mom is stylish and modern so I knew this was the perfect opportunity to make a houndstooth quilt which I’d been eyeing for a while. All the colors were chosen to be gender neutral and to coordinate with some absolutely adorable forest themed fabric my daughter chose for the backing.

Twin Quilt 2
I tried plaid to go with the houndstooth for the second quilt, but the scale was wrong, so I went with tried and true triangles. I really like this one.

Unfortunately, the twins didn’t make it. So, I didn’t finish the quilts. The good news though, is that mom and dad tried again and they are now expecting their first daughter any day! When the baby shower was announced, I knew I didn’t want to give them the original twin quilts. The karma just wasn’t right. So I jumped right back in to make a quilt that was related, but it’s very own.

Baby quilt

I was in an improv quilt kind of mood so I started with a motif from the backing fabric and built around it in a modified log cabin style. I like it, but something just wasn’t quite right yet. I still had a bunch of fabric left over, so I kept going.

Baby Quilt

Simple and slightly floral.

Baby Quilt

Yes, that will do.

Baby Quilt

Now we are all just waiting for baby to arrive so she can be wrapped up in this and drag it around with her for many years to come. I will finish off the twin quilts and the log cabin and will eventually donate them to a good cause.

10 Jul

Star Baby

I enjoy making baby quilts. They can be anything I want, and they’re not too big — so they go relatively quickly. I enjoy using fun, cheery fabrics I don’t usually use in my artwork, or in decor for our house.

Star Baby

When I found out that a high school friend’s daughter was having a baby, I knew I wanted to make a quilt. Something “fresh and modern.” Here was my excuse to go buy hip fabric! Then I remembered the mushroom fabric I had bought because it was too cute to pass up, and the polka dots I envisioned for an ongoing paper piecing project but that didn’t work as well as I had hoped. Perfect!

Star Baby

I decided that liberated stars would work well with my two fabrics, show off the mushroom print well, sew together easily, and look appropriately happy and youthful. I used the last of the wool batting (that I have a love/hate relationship with) and paid special attention to smoothing, but not pulling, using lots of pins, and keeping my fingers crossed. I removed a lot of quilting, but still ended up with some tucks on the back. Puff and I are just not meant to be. But…. who doesn’t love a light, squishy, baby quilt?! I quilted it in a simple grid to begin with, but then decided it needed some sparkle with silver holographic thread on some diagonals. Then the stars needed outlining. Then more outlining! Now I had too much white grid, so I picked some out.

Star Baby

In Goldilock’s words, it’s just right. Definitely worth the extra time and effort. I think I make nice mitered corners too.

Star Baby

24 Jan

It’s all about the guys

First: I owe a huge thanks to my Technical Support department! That would be my husband who, even though he’s on the other side of the world doing far more important things, is willing to muck around in the html of my blog when I can’t figure it out on my own. I am also amazed that technology allows for him to do this kind of thing remotely and with the worst bandwidth ever. Thanks to TS&WGH (Tech Support & World’s Greatest Husband) I have now been upgraded to the newest WordPress and have a Flickr badge and cute category cloud (I’ve always wanted one of those word cloud things. Not sure why.).

I made him go through all this because I can now share stuff I have in my Flickr account since the two gifts posted there for my sister (who reads my blog) are now at her house. I’ve already shared the Wee Kitties Bowling Rainbow, and now I can share the quilt I made for my new nephew, born just last week.

His name is Tanner, which is an Anglicization of the German, Tanne, meaning Pine. Obviously, a tree quilt was in order.

This was the hint back in November, and pretty tree-like, but I REALLY wanted to make a zig zag quilt. I’m very pleased with the plain chocolate linen background paired with the bright string-pieced scraps (I chose linen because it was the only plain fabric in my stash that I had enough of).

Tanner’s Treeline ©2008 Kristin La Flamme

The linen was a little fussy to work with since it moves around a lot more than more tightly woven cotton, and I was being a bit too cavalier with it, so the finished product is a bit wonky, but I don’t think Tanner cares.