Monday, 22 April 2013

I just can't say no to her!!

But then who really wants to say no to the question, 'Can you please make me a pink baby quilt?' Not me, that's for sure!!

Dear niece (of Grandma's 80th birthday quilt request) asked if I could make her another quilt - this time for partner's new baby niece who was born on April 16th. Of course I can :)

From my library of books (I have a few!), I picked out this one:



And because I love stars, this pattern (shown in the book as designed by Allison Jane Smith of Plaids and Prints) called out to me:



I started cutting out some 4 3/4" squares from my pink scraps and grey spots on white from my stash on Saturday morning and finished sewing the binding on last night!  To be fair, dear niece didn't specify such a tight deadline but I know they're hoping to visit the baby this week and I am about to start a very tricky project so it suited me to crack on with it. Aren't baby quilts just the sweetest to make?

I deviated slightly off the pattern (as I do!) and made 2 stars out of dusky pinks and 2 out of hot pinks:





I picked one of the dusky pinks to make the simple border - this is Robert Kaufman's delightful 'Pimatex Basics' - and one of the hot pinks - Michael Miller's Mini Mikes Tiny Gingham - for the binding. I 'stipple quilted' it in just over an hour:



I did have a slight hiccup on the way ... as I FMQd over the label, my needle point snapped off. I couldn't see where it had gone and although I searched the quilt and was confident it wasn't in there, I couldn't rest until I found it. After undoing the machine, removing the bobbin holder and ignoring all the fluffy yuckiness (please don't judge me, ladies!), I found it ... phew!!!



The backing is 'Baby Labels' by Makower UK and I think it goes really well:



And the front:




And the all-important label:



Love it - all 35" x 35" of it. Posted it today and I know Saffron's Mummy will take lots of photos so I hope to show you some later in the week.

It's my birthday tomorrow and I have some 'sewing' presents to unwrap (more photos!) and I think it's about time I did another giveaway, don't you? Please pop back to see me tomorrow :)


Linking up for the first time to Plum and June's Monday Link Up - what fun!

Plum and June

and thanks to the lovely Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for her kind comment - I've also just linked up with Michelle's Romantic Tangle - Let's Make Baby Quilts 


10 comments:

  1. Lovely quilt - I'm sure the baby's mom will love it! (and so will little Saffron herself someday!)

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  2. I love baby quilts and this one is a beauty. You might like to participate in this....
    http://mychellem.blogspot.ca/search/label/Let%27s%20Make%20Baby%20Quilts
    I just bought some more fabric today and am planning a baby boy quilt next!

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  3. That is such a pretty quilt -- love the pattern you chose! I would've been stressed about that missing needle tip, too. Probably would've borrowed hubby's metal detector just to make sure it wasn't hiding somewhere. :-)

    Thanks for linking up!

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  4. I think it is adorable!! Love the backing too. Have fun and Happy Birthday!!
    Jan

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  5. The real question is, why would you want to say no to a request like that? I wish more people would ask me for quilts. Then I could have the fun of making them without having to figure out where to put yet another quilt . . . . Great job my friend! And Happy Birthday to you!

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  6. Beautiful quilt - love stars!

    Hope you have a happy birhtday!

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  7. Wow, it's lovely. Glad you found the piece too. =) Happy Birthday. Visiting from Let's Get Acquainted. Have a great day.

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  8. Very cute, hope the baby appreciates it!

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  9. This is such a darling quilt! I love the combination of the various pinks!
    Esther

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  10. Perfect Pink Quilt. I wish I could be as quick and make such beauty so fast. It's beautiful.

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