If you’re new to our blog (or haven’t checked in for awhile)… first of all, WE’RE PREGNANT! And I decided I wanted to make a baby quilt for the little tyke. We thought it would be fun if you guys would send us scraps of fabric as your own little contribution to the quilt. I love things that are sentimental like that!
Fabric started flooding in, and it was the highlight of my week to check our PO box each Thursday while the girls were in preschool. Many of you wrote the sweetest notes and/or shared a story about why the fabric they were sending was special or meaningful to them. THANK YOU! This baby is already so loved and spoiled!
I decided to take pictures of each swatch of fabric with it’s corresponding note/envelope so I could always refer back and remember. These will be fun for baby girl to look at someday too! We got swatches from SO MANY places… even Japan, Bulgaria, and Norway.
While I have a tiny bit of experience sewing, I don’t know the first thing about quilting. So I was so excited when my mother-in-law Diane offered to help me with this! Before our big quilting weekend, she had me iron all the swatches.
Then Diane and I sat down together and had a little powow about what pattern to use and how large to make the quilt for a crib/toddler size mattress. We settled on 40”x60” and this awesome rail fence pattern (inspiration photo from here).
I chose this pale baby blue print as the fabric for the block borders and the quilt backing because I loved the subtle pattern and pale blue. Cutting these strips went much faster than the individual scraps because we could fold and cut many strips at once. These little pizza-cutter-looking slicers are SO AWESOME.
Diane was very patient and explained the basics… and let me jump right in on her very awesome sewing machine. I have to admit, after all these months of anticipation and beautiful fabric at my doorstep, it was such a rush to actually start sewing. Nick, his dad, and Diane and I all helped lay out strips of different patterns and colors to make each block. It was fun having everyone help! I wish I would have gotten a shot of the boys helping. They were really into it.
After sewing up these squares? My feet looked like this:
I’ll pause for a moment while you pin that pic of my swollen feet.
After recovering from what felt like full-fledged pre-eclampsia, we jumped back in the next morning. It was so much fun laying all the squares out on the bed and deciding which ones should go where. So many fun colors, textures and patterns!
Next order of business is to start sewing this bad boy together! We sewed it into strips of 4 squares, and then sewed those strips together.
…until we had THIS!
Meanwhile, Nick was watching a lot of cartoons.
If you’re from the Midwest, you know we got quite the snowstorm over the weekend. Nick and his dad took the girls out for a bit, but that didn’t last long with all the wind.
We had such a fun weekend with family, and I was so happy with my baby quilt and the time I got to spend with Diane. We didn’t even mind being snowed in and having to stay an extra night! It was a looooooong and sketchy ride home, but we made it!
SO! We still need to have the quilt bound and quilted with a machine, but I think we have arrangements made for that! I’m sooooo excited for it to be completed!
Thank you so much to those of you that sent fabric to contribute to this meaningful project. And huge thanks to Online Fabric Store for sending us this backing fabric, as well as batting. Such a fun group effort!