Wednesday, 2 January 2013

A special little quilt for a special little boy

On the 30th December 2012, my baby nephew finally made his entry into the world. And so I can finally share photos of his quilt...

I actually made this quilt back in August when I had a good few weeks off work for summer holidays (there are a few perks to being a teacher). I've put off blogging about it though, as I didn't want my brother and sister-in-law to see it before the little man arrived.
I decided to go for bright colours, rather than the ususal baby blues. And after much umming and aaahing, decided that I would avoid kid prints, as I want this to be a quilt that lasts. Although the sonographer said the baby was a boy from the scan, I decided to play it safe and choose gender-neutral(ish) prints. There are stripes, gingham, polka dots, swirls and one floral-ish print (but it's not too feminine, I hope!).
Being nowhere near a perfectionist when it comes to sewing, I decided to cheat and use white sashing. That way, if the corners aren't quite aligned it is less noticable. Also, I like the way the white sashing makes the other colours pop out.
The backing is a bright blue with white polka dots/ splodges, to contrast with the white sashing on the front. I quilted by machine stitching vertically down each column of squares. I also did a row of sticthing at the top and the bottom.
I looked everywhere for a bright, bold binding that matched the colours of the quilt, but couldn't find anything I liked. So I decided to use the left over fabric from the squares to make my own binding. It was a lot more effort, but I am soooo happy with the way it has come out.
Hopefully when the little man is older he will like his quilt as much as his big sister likes hers. My sister-in-law recently apologised for the fact that my niece's quilt spends a lot of time on the floor, but it plays a major role in her favourite game - making a tower out of scatter cushions and rolling around in her quilt over them. As long as it's enjoyed, I don't mind what she does with her quilt (it is her quilt after all)!!!

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