Gender Neutral Baby Quilt

I know that I mentioned this quilt in my first post, but I thought that I’d post more specifically about it.  People seem to have reacted well to it, so here are some of my thoughts on how I came up with it.

I was very influenced by all of the wonderful stacked coin, or chinese coin quilts that are on flickr.  Like this one, and this one.  So simple and modern and beautiful!

From there, the parents had requested light green, so I had that as a jumping off point.  I went with colors that I felt really are not specifically boy or girl-ish.  As much as I love to use loads of pinks, to me, the instant that there is even a little pink in a quilt, it becomes girly.  That and bold florals.  I feel like a Dad looking as a quilt with loads of flowers in it just won’t think it’s right for his baby boy.  Granted, there are exceptions to everything, but this is my thinking…  Add that all up, (plus lots of fussy cutting of Heather Ross‘ amazingly fun and whimsical fabrics) and you get this result!

Gender Neutral Baby Quilt

Gender Neutral Baby Quilt Back

Gender Neutral Baby Quilt Close Up


Gender Neutral Baby Quilt Back Close Up

Gender Neutral Baby Quilt All Folded Up

Update: A few people have asked about the measurements of this quilt… it’s 45″ x 60″. The columns are 6″ wide and all of the sashing and the border are 4″ wide.

Pink Squares in Squares Baby Quilt

I finished this quilt yesterday and tomorrow I’m off to the shower where it will be given as a gift.  I’m super happy with how it came out.  Pink and baby, yet with wonderful fabrics and not too cutesy…

Hopefully the parents love it as much as I do.  Do any of you struggle with giving away your quilts??  I find that the initial idea of letting it go can be tough, but then I realized that once I finish a quilt and put it away so that the cats can’t roll around on it and get it dirty, I only look at the photos of it anyhow.  So I figure, I still can!  Plus nothing makes me happier than getting photos of babies layin’ around on one of my quilts!

What a find!

I’m not one of those people who finds amazing things all the time at flea markets and antique shops.  I’m just not.  So I couldn’t believe my luck in finding this sewing box on the side of the road!  A pair of the legs were broken off and it was dirty and dull.

I knew that it had great potential, so a bit of work…

…and I had this!

The new amazing Amy Butler wrapping paper and some great Anthropologie knobs are the details that makes the whole thing just so pretty!

And now it’s already filled up with all of my sewing things and getting lots of use!  I love it!

My first blog post! Am I behind the curve or what?!?

After months of a serious flickr addiction, I’ve decided to take the plunge into blogland. I realized recently that I’m probably one of very few crafters on flickr who’s SO invovled and doesn’t have a blog.  Time to change that!  Not sure how much I’ll post – and it’s certain to go in waves depending on my work schedule, but here I am!  I find that the more I document my crafting, the more in detail I want to be so this definitely serves that purpose.

So for my first post, I figure I’ll post pics of the quilts I’ve finished in the past.  There’s ten of ‘em so prep yourself for photos!  If you want to see more details there are loads of photos at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alissacrafts/

From looking at all of these photos together, (they are here from newest to oldest) I can clearly see the progression that my quilting taste and design has taken… I have fallen in love with loads of white in my quilts.  While I realize it’s not practical, I don’t care! It’s beautiful!  Also, I have thought a lot about the balance of solids vs. patterned fabrics in my quilts.  Tends to be that the solids are white, but I’m trying to consciously branch out from that a bit.  We’ll see how that goes!

Anyhow, all of my past quilts:

This is the first quilt that I had to make while not knowing the baby’s gender.  It was a new challenge for me but I really enjoyed it and think that this quilt really works for either a boy or a girl!

These quilts were made for good friends of ours who had twin boys.  I love the idea of making quilts that were some how matching, but not too similar.  I think that using log cabin blocks, but in different styles, and also using lots of the same blue and brown fabrics made that work.  Also having the same fun junglescape on the back really tied them together!

This was a fun simple quilt that I made for my husband’s cousin.  Clearly for their baby girl!  It was my first attempt at free motion quilting which I’ve since become addicted to!

This Flying Geese quilt (from the Denyse Schmidt pattern) is my one and only full sized quilt.  Let me tell you, while I love the results, jamming a huge quilt through your sewing machine isn’t as much fun as a lil’ baby quilt!  Though now that I’m doing more free motion quilting and am less concerned with straight lines, it might easier.

This quilt was also for a baby girl!  The lovely Bento Box pattern.  Had I known the results (and relative ease) of wonderful free motion quilting back then I would have quilted it that way, but I didn’t yet dare!

I made myself this lap quilt for my couch.  It’s much duller in the wide photos than it actually is so I included a photos that shows its nice colors!

Next we have a small baby sized version of Denyse Schmidt’s Hop, Skip & a Jump quilt.  Clearly my ability to take a good photo of my quilts has improved.  These photos are lousy!   This quilt is really small and I wish it were a bit bigger… Also, this was when I realized just how much white fabrics make your lovely bold patterns pop!

This was my second quilt and eh… I like the back (white!) but the front isn’t so exciting to me.  I was learning though!  The recipents really liked it and that’s what matters!

And lastly – my very first quilt!  Triangles (I’m much more into squares now) and no white.  Not at all what I’m drawn to anymore but I will always love pink & brown together, and I think that I already had a good sense of my taste in balancing solids and patterns.

I did the binding all wrong on this as well!  Oh well, I’ve learned a lot making these ten quilts.  And this one was the beginning of my real love of sewing, and particularly quilting.

Anyhow, welcome to my blog!

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