Monday, March 21, 2011

Almost perfect baby quilt giveaway

So. I've been wanting to make a quilt for ages. It's intimidating though. Fabric is expensive. Machine quilting can be tricky (I'm told). I didn't want to spend tons of money on something and then ruin it. But lately I just can't shake the feeling, I'm itching to do it. I want to make the boys bedspreads. I want to make a big quilt for the family to use when we watch tv (it will go great with the afghan that I started almost two years ago and is currently about half way done). Ultimately I want to make a king-sized quilt for our bed. So I need practice.

I had several leftover squares from a charm pack I got for a custom order I did awhile back. The perfect opportunity to make a little baby quilt with very little investment for supplies. (Brown solid for sashing and back, coordinating print for binding and filling in the back a little, batting, spray adhesive, that's it.)

The most fun part was laying out the squares. The actual quilting was satisfying, though not without its problems. Hand-finishing the binding was the worst. Nonetheless, I'm hooked. I'm ready to do another.

As I was working on this little quilt, my kids kept asking what it was for. Ummm, really just because I want to make one. I only know one person who's expecting a baby, and it's months until she'll have a shower. It's not really good enough to sell; a couple of wonky corners, a few puckering spots in the quilting, the squares sure don't all line up just right. (practice, practice, practice)

So what does that leave me with? A giveaway. Hooray! The quilt is smallish--approximately 26x23 inches, a good size for laying a new baby down on the floor. Or just looking cute draped over the side of a crib. Or covering baby's legs in the stroller. Giveaway is open all week--just leave a comment--I'll choose a winner Friday night.

Charm squares are from It's a Hoot by Moda.

The back.

Quilty, wrinkly goodness.


You love quilts. You know you do.

25 comments:

Sharlene, Mom, Grammy said...

Oh my---my baby has made a baby quilt!!! Lori, it's beautiful! I want to see it in person before you give it away. Oh wait, just "pick me" and I can see it before I give it to my little sister. Her new little baby boy (due soon) would love this!

Laura said...

I think it is gorgeous! I have always wanted to make a quilt but i am afraid it is WAY over my head! I just love how they feel. The colors in this are awesome! Good job!!!

oh and pick me! :)

The Fishers said...

So cute! You are so creative. You are surely becoming my craft idol!

Yo Mamma said...

Seriously, you know I want this. You are impressing me so much. I've been wanting to do a quilt sometime too. If you have a minute, you should google "crazy quilt + katydid" It's this chick that was in my stake in New York and she makes this really cool quilt that you might be interested in. It's super easy, too. One day I will attempt one, but alas, today is not the day.

Holly said...

You are so talented! I think it looks wonderful. I promise next time we are scheduled for a sewing session I will bring my supplies. OOPPSS!! I'm so glad you're loving and patient. You did a fantastic job.

Cara said...

I love it! I think you did a great job.

Chris and Erin said...

ooo, me please!

Erin_C said...

oops, the above comment is from me :)

Alice Wills Gold said...

Looks awesome. Love it. It will go great in my new place...on a wall perhaps.

Katrina said...

That is one adorable little baby blanket! I would love something similar to baby number 2 on the way!

Lindsay Conner said...

Are you sure you want to part with this lovely quilt? I admire the bright fun colors and prints--it's very grown-up friendly, too! (Also, feel free to link up your giveaway at my other blog, http://www.craftbuds.com/giveaway-roundup/)

JuneBug said...

I love it! Good job on your first quilt. I know just the babe for this one, the color scheme is perfect :)

christy said...

This is so beautiful! I would love to give this to my sister. She just found out that she is unexpectedly prego with her third. Her youngest is 8yrs. This would be such a special gift for her and the baby.
yanuzo@hotmail.com

Lizzie Brown said...

I have been wanting to try my hand at a quilt; any tips for starting or picking a pattern?

This is absolutely presh. My best friend is having a baby girl named Norah in May. If I won I might give it to her, or I might hold onto it "just in case" for myself ;)

Lizzie Brown said...

PS- I hope this doesn't mess up your count, but you won my fabric giveaway, woo! If you want to email me your mailing address I'll get it to you ASAP! k.lizzy.brown at gmail dot com

Jeanne said...

(Ok don't enter me in your giveaway, I just want to comment...) It is beautiful Lori!! Way to go! Just be warned that quilting is seriously addictive!! You might already know this, but there is a great website (www.modabakeshop.com) that has lots of FREE patterns for all sorts of projects!

Pondering said...

I think it is a great idea to make a practice baby quilt. I am sure my little girls would not let it leave the house as a giveaway. I think they would kidnap it for some stuffed animals bed or such. I think your is adorable and I would use it as decoration in the babies room! So choose me:)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

So cute! I would love to win.

Billie in TX

Meredith said...

this is really really cute! What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you so much for the chance, our little one is due in Sept.
thanks again
meredith.sleight at gmail dot com

nernin said...

Thank you for the chance to win!
I love this quilt. It has character that I like. I hope to win this to give to my Niece that will be due in August.
Thanks!
erin.majakey@gmail.com

Beth said...

Lori, I love it! When we lived in GA my RS pres was awesome at quilting. We would meet up at church and quilt while our kids played-so much fun.

Jenica said...

Love the colors, layout, and the machine quilting. I love quilts, you know I do.

craftydill said...

Your giveaway is very generous! And your quilt is wonderful...I love the pop of color against the brown! You did a fabulous job :D
-Michelle

robin said...

What a nice giveaway and sweet little quilt! Thanks! :)

Mary Jo said...

So pretty! I can't believe you're giving it away! :)