Friday, June 11, 2021

Kind People-Building Blocks Baby Quilt


This quilt.  Oh, how I love this quilt.  This was one of those, you have so much fun quilting it quilts, that you just don't want it to end.  This may be one of the happiest quilts I've ever made.  So how did we get here...well, it started with a baby and a couch.  

The expecting momma, decided to reupholster a couch that would live in the baby's nursery.  When I saw the picture and found out the fabric came from Spoonflower  I knew there needed to be a matching quilt.  I couldn't get the fabric in time for the shower, so I whipped up a "place holder" baby quilt...

(you can read more about that finished quilt here)

until I could get this "real" baby quilt finished.  Crazy.  I know.

For the quilt pattern, I decided on a favorite of mine, Building Blocks by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Design.  This is the second time I've made this quilt (probably not the last).  I love that it requires one charm pack and minimal yardage to create a very cute quilt.

I paired the Kind People are my Kinda People fabric with a charm pack of Lori Holt's Prim (pictured) and yardage of her Granny Chic (not pictured) for smaller borders.  The results made my heart sing!

Now the hard part (or fun) to quilt it.  I could have went with an overall edge to edge and that would have been good.  But I wanted more.  I pulled out Natalia Bonner's Let's Stitch a Block a Day book and drew up my quilting plan.

I picked out 40 of my favorite square designs and referenced the numbers so I could find them as I was quilting.  Having this mark up helped tremendously!   One of the best things about the book is there is a barcode for each design, that when you scan will take you directly to the YouTube video of how to quilt it.

Being able to watch the videos and quilt along really allowed for some "ah ha" moments.  So that's how she does that?

As for the threads...not just one thread would do.  In my bobbin, I used Aurifil 2615 Aluminum.  For the top thread, I coordinated depending on the block.

Trust me, I used way more than four spools.

Almost all of the quilting in the charm squares is ruler work using the 4 N 1 and Inside Out Mini quilting rulers.  I love how I can switch from straight lines to curves without having to look for multiple rulers.  And they fit perfectly in my hand.  They have been my go to rulers for a while now.

Now I'll stop rambling and let the quilting speak for itself.  I cannot be happier with all the yummy texture I achieved on this quilt.  Rulers combined with a little bit of free motion quilting can really go along way. WARNING: what follows is a large amount of quilty goodness.

The only thing left to do is give this one a good wash in the machine and deliver it to the new parents.  Hey, I got the second quilt finished before the baby turned 6 months old.  I'm taking a big ol' pat on the back for that.  Hopefully, sweet Indie will be enjoying her quilt many many years from now.

If you are curious about my first version of this quilt, Hello Darling Building Blocks, you can read more about it here.


Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

The quilting is stunning, Tish! I hope you can channel this energy and excitement into the next project. :)

Nancy J said...

Wow, this is a stunning result m, and for years to come will be so loved and admired. The blocks, colours, all perfect for the new baby.

Frédérique - Quilting Patchwork Appliqué said...

Wonderful gift!

Gretchen Weaver said...

The pieced quilt is a very simple but lovely quilt top. Your quilting was the frosting on the cake! WOW, your quilting was amazing! Great job! Happy stitching!

Cheryl said...

This is such a stunning quilt! I love seeing all of the different quilted blocks and that piano key on the binding. Just wow!!

Vicki in MN said...

Not only is the 'real' one awesome, but so is the placeholder one!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Amazing quilt. Well done matching the fabric to the couch. Thanks for linking up with Thank Goodness it's Finished Friday.

Kathleen said...

Definitely pat on the back worthy! I love this quilt and see why do! It is really just a fabulously fun one to make and great for all the fun quilting designs you did. I can see the little fingers tracing all those lines one day.

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