Monday, April 29, 2013

[Custom] Crib Quilt Pictures!

A couple months ago, one of my coworkers asked me to make a t-shirt quilt for his grand daughter. Today's post is all about showing y'all the outcome of the quilt. 

When he first asked me to make the quilt (in January), I had JUST found out that I was pregnant with my first child. My first trimester was HORRIBLE. That's why I am just now getting finished with it. However, a lot of my time was spent thinking about and planning how I could make these t-shirts into a girlie baby crib quilt. 

He had given me a huge stack of t-shirts and told me to use whatever I wanted to make the quilt. I decided to stay with all the gray t-shirts and pair it with white and pink to make it super girlie. 

The back of the crib quilt is a pink and white polka dot fabric - I think it really helps add to the "girlieness" of the quilt. 

I personalized it with his granddaughter's name on it. I decided to use a different technique when appliquéing the letters on the quilt. First, I applied them with heat-n-bond ultra. Usually, I go around the letters with a zig zag stitch before I finish the quilting process - even though the heat-n-bond ultra is supposed to hold FOREVER. Because of the wear n' tear that quilts endure, I want the extra security that the letters will stay in the washer and while cuddling with a little one. 

So, instead of immediately making a zig zag stitch around the letters, I went ahead and finished the quilting. I made my quilt sandwich and free motioned the quilt together. Then I went around the letters with a zig zag stitch. Why do I like this method better? Because the zig zag stitch left a really neat "outline" of the name on the back of the quilt! Although I am going to try this method again in the future, I think it will only look this great on quilts with a light color backing. 

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Baby Gift for One of my Sweet Friends!

I have a "Go-To" gift for baby showers. I LOVE making baby changing quilts. Over the years, I have gotten better and better about being able to personalize these gifts. Here lately, I made a baby changing quilt for one of my friends I have known for what seems like forever. She is naming her sweet baby girl Memphis. 

I used Heat-N-Bond Ultra to appliqué her name on to the quilt. I am fairly new to the whole "appliquéing" process. SO, this was an experience! However, I think it came out cute!

I used the a modified "bow tie" quilt pattern (which was designed on my EQ7 software -- as you can tell, I LOVE EQ7!) Although the piecing of this quilt was very tedious and time consuming... I had a BLAST making it! I hope little Memphis enjoys her changing quilt! 

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My "Joy" Christmas Quilt

As many of you know, I am a writer on the blog Wee Share. This past November, we hosted the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. I had the incredible opportunity to review fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop. If you have never heard of this shop before -- you will want to check it out! They have the most ADORABLE fabric collections around. 

Even though this quilt is packed full of "Christmas" fabrics, I still keep it out on my couch to use all year round. I absolutely LOVE it! I used my EQ7 quilt designing software to create the pattern. Now, THAT is another company you will want to check out! I don't know how I would quilt without it. 

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