Thursday, October 25, 2012

Baby Life Quilt

When our friends Robin and DJ welcomed their sweet and beautiful daughter Anabelle Marie into the world, I jumped on the chance to make her a blanket. I found the pattern for the blanket below on the Moda Bake Shop website. The quilt itself was very straight forward, but the applique lettering was labor intensive (no baby pun intended).

You can find the free pattern here.

My only suggestion would be to use an iron on interfacing behind light colored or low thread count fabrics used for the letters. Especially if you used a patterned background fabric like I did. Look at the word "eat" for example. You can see the background fabric pattern coming through the letters. A medium weight iron on interfacing would have eliminated this problem.

I would recommend using a flannel fabric for the back because it is durable and soft on baby's skin.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

T-Shirt Quilts

I've been creating traditional quilts since High School. When it comes to quilting, I am a novice at BEST, but it is something that I enjoy doing in my free time. In the past few years, I have taken an interest in more modern and contemporary quilts, specifically memory quilts. My interest got further sparked when I saw my husband Keith take scissors to the sleeves of his college fraternity t-shirts and start shredding them up to wear to the gym. THOSE ARE MEMORIES! Granted some of those memories didn't involve me (ahem) but that is okay. I wanted to find a way to preserve his t-shirts and this is what led me to investigate t-shirt quilts.

I started by looking for ideas online. There are a lot of different types of t-shirt quilts, but many follow a basic and uniform square/box pattern and have a lot of what I call "space filler material". Not to mention, you often can't use t-shirt images because they are too large for the allotted square/box size used in the t-shirt quilt pattern. I wasn't looking for a one-size-fits-all quilt pattern, I wanted something that would be more about the t-shirts then a specific pattern.

Too Cool T-Shirt Quilts was my saving grace! Owner, Andrea Funk developed a very unique approach to t-shirt quilts. Andrea created a book (available on her website) which walks you step-by-step through the quilt making process. Or for the non-quilter, Andrea offers her services and will create the t-shirt quilt for you.

I have since created a second t-shirt quilt for my sister in law, Sarah (below). We started working on the quilt together, then she totally bailed on me (boo). So I decided to finish it for her as a birthday present. 

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