Natalie’s Baby Quilt

It’s been an embarrassingly long time since I’ve written a blog post. But I hadn’t realized just how long it’s been until I went searching for the post I wrote about William’s baby quilt. Well, William is now 4 years old and has a beautiful baby sister named Natalie, who is 4 months old. Talk about time flying by…

I wanted to make a quilt similar to William’s quilt, but I wanted it to look a little different. So to coordinate with Natalie’s nursery, I pulled pink and coral and lavender fabrics from my stash. Of course I had to add a few new fabrics, including a crazy cat print so the family’s cat Cole would be represented.

I cut 25 WOF (width of fabric) strips 2 1/4″ wide from all the fabrics. Then I cut each strip into two or three varying lengths. I made a big pile with all the strips and stirred them up. Using the basic process for making a jelly roll race quilt, I sewed the strips together in random order (note the ends of the strips were sewn straight across and not on the diagonal as William’s quilt).

I quickly ended up with a sewn rectangle about 35″ wide. Next I worked on the pieced letters for Natalie’s name. I made the name section 7″ x 35″. The letters are about 4 – 4 1/2″ tall. I followed the basic techniques in Tonya Ricucci’s book Word Play Quilts.

I cut across the rectangle about 10″ from the top and inserted Natalie’s name. Then it was time for quilting and binding.

Here’s Natalie on her new quilt. Those curls…those rosy cheeks! She’s playing with a little coordinating taggie toy I made with leftover fabrics and ribbon loops. I think she likes it 🙂

Going to QuiltCon

I am so excited about going to QuiltCon in Austin.  I signed up so long ago and can’t believe it’s just around the corner.  Texas….here I come.

In anticipation of meeting everyone, the Modern Quilt Guild has invited all attendees to a Linky party and suggested we post five things about ourselves that people might not know about us.  So here goes:

1. I have an irrational fear of birds, especially pigeons.  Is that weird?  Are there lots of birds in Austin?

2. I won the “Crisco” award in middle school for best home economics student.  My dad called me his “Crisco Kid”.  Guess I’ve always like to cook and sew.

3. I do not really like to drive.  I live in the country and the grocery store is 7 miles away, so I have to drive a lot.  But I am a city girl at heart.  Give me a train or a plane or a bus and a project to sew or knit, and I’m a happy camper.

4. I owe 7 machines that sew (some better than others) – including one that my husband noticed uses no thread.  That’s my needle felting machine – kinda like the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes….you do know you are sewing without any thread, right?

5. I’ve never called myself a “quilter”.  I’ve only made one bed size quilt, and that was many years ago when we were first married.  Looking back at it, I guess it does looks a bit “modern”.  It certainly was improvisational.  I sewed together all types of dress making fabrics and then learned that combining loosely woven fabrics with more firmly woven fabrics will not hold up well to repeated washing.  That quilt bit the dust in very little time. FirstQuilt1972After that, I turned my interest in sewing to wearables and other non-quilt projects. I used to love wearing this skirt.  Made this long one and a short version too. Check out those fabric prints from the 1970’s..PatchworkSkirt1972My love of sewing led me to a career in design and crafts, so I have made a few quilts for my clients.  But mostly they are small wall pieces, such as this Kaffe Fassett ribbon and fabric quilt I designed for Renaissance Ribbons.
QuiltinGardenI do love combining fabrics and colors and piecing them together, especially in an improvisational way.  But I have a lot to learn about quilting, and I know that I will improve my skills and get lots of inspiration while I am at QuiltCon.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Elaine