Saturday, April 11, 2009

A catalog record of those lurid flourishes

My brother and his wife are expecting their first girl in May (they already have three boys). I have five nephews, all of whom are delightful, but the addition of a niece will of course be different and fun in new ways. To commemorate, I decided to make the new baby (known as Soup) a baby quilt. This was quite an undertaking, considering that I did not know how to sew. When I was home for Christmas, my mom showed me the rudiments. And from there, I practiced and read and sought advice. It didn't turn out perfectly, but I think its imperfections highlight the handmade touch and the love and time that went into it, and I'm really happy with the results. Kasha gave me a lot of good help and advice, and I looked on Crazy Mom Quilts and A Quilt is Nice for some tips and tutorials. In addition to the great binding instructions that Kasha kindly scanned in for me, this youtube video was a helpful guide. I sewed the whole top together with a small but trusty battery-powered hand machine meant for mending. My parents got me a big machine as an early birthday present, which has a walking foot attachment and enabled me to do the binding part. I tied this one and am pleased with how it came out. Next time I'll probably try to actually quilt it with my new machine. I am almost finished with another baby quilt with these same fabrics for another special baby schedule to make his debut in July. Hooray!
More pictures here.


Jill said...

Oh Merideth! It's charming.I love the fabrics you chose.

I can't sew either and this is amazing. I feel inspired now. Maybe I'll have another baby and beg for a quilt?

kasha said...

YAY! i'm SO excited about your first quilt! it looks incredible. wow, well done. the fabrics are fantastic and whimsical and there's no way i could have had the patience to stitch with a mending machine - and your seems look perfect! congratulations, you should be so proud.

plumpdumpling said...

Oh, nevermind. You just answered my last question.