Wednesday, April 30, 2008

baby quilt & booties

Lots and lots of friends around me are becoming mothers and I've been having such a fun time creating little projects for new babies.



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Here is my latest quilt for baby Elijah, born a little over a week ago.







I've been seeing this pattern on blogs for a while, but creative little daisy happened to post this quilt just as I was beginning to plan out this project.







I used solid brown fabric from my stash and 20 charm squares (5"x5") from the Moda Summer in the City Collection. The pattern from the site is now gone, but basically I cut each square into 4 triangles and then pieced a printed fabric triangle with a solid brown triangle. This created 80 total squares that I then pieced together in the diamond pattern. After sewing the squares together I added a three inch border on all sides. I forgot to measure the finished quilt, but it was 8 squares across and 10 squares down and I'm guessing that it is about 30" x 36".







In addition to the quilt, I also made these darling little booties with the Saartje's booties pattern. This was definitely my kind of pattern (way cuter and way less time consuming than Jon's sweater!). I used Paton's Grace, mercerized cotton yarn and size 3 needles. I first made this project harder than it was intended to be because I thought it was supposed to be knitted in the round. After finishing about 8 rows, I realized that it was supposed to be knit flat and then seamed at the end. It was much easier to knit it flat!





27 comments:

  1. the ease with which you wip out quilts blows my mind! This is my next project (after the granny square blanket) but i'm starting WAY simple!

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  2. you are so talented! and so fast with your projects! you are very disciplined. :-) these are so cute! I really adore your quilting. You are SO good at it. Everything looks perfect. I hope i can do that one day. First i need to learn how to use my machine. ;-)

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  3. Your quilting is amazing. I've only tried free motion quilting once and it was fairly disastrous. Love the booties too - they are so sweet! Lucky baby! :-)

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  4. This quilt is so gorgeous I want to make one just like it! And I have a bunch of those charm squares to us too! How much brown fabric would you say you used?

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  5. Baby Elijah is a handsome rascal and lucky to receive such a beautiful quilt! And love those awesome little booties!

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  6. That quilt is STUNNING! Love, love, love the colors you chose.

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  7. What a beautiful quilt! I love the colors, love the brown.

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  8. I am in love with that quilt! The brown background is just right with those prints. And the booties, icing on the cake! nice job rebekah. the stippling looks fabulous, too!

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  9. I'm so glad you posted this project. It's a great idea. More than once, I've wanted to buy various charm packs, but I didn't because I didn't have any idea what I'd do with it. Now that I have this idea tucked in my head, I will buy with out hesitation.
    By the way, I think the quilting is beautiful. You did a great job.

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  10. This quilt is wonderful. I have that Creative Little Daisies quilt in my inspiration book as a someday to do. I love the colors and fabrics you chose.

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  11. That quilt is so beautiful! And the booties - so cute!

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  12. Little Elijah is one cutie and I would love that quilt for myself!

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  13. love the quilt! i was just contemplating a quilt with brown for an (ahem) project in the works and this confirms it. beautiful! (in a very masculine-baby way, of course...)

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  14. Oh just beautiful! I love your free-motion quilting - it looks incredible!

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  15. That looks AMAZING!!! Lucky babies!!! I'm frantically trying to get a baby blanket off the needles right now since I just found out about another friend who is pregg-o. I can't keep up!

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  16. Lovely projects! I really like the quilt pattern a lot. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. Gorgeous quilt, but then again, all your quilts are gorgeous. You chose wonderful colors. Love the booties, too.

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  18. I love this blanket! Love love love it! So much that I might have to be a copy cat and make one for me. It is so adorable. Did you do the quilting yourself? The stitches are perfect. Did I mention that i love it? And the baby booties are so dang cute.

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  19. That quilt is amazing - SO gorgeous. Booties are great, too!

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  20. great quilt - love the colors!

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  21. Such a lovely combination of colors and fabric. Stunning!

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  22. gorgeous quilt!!!! lucky baby! cute too!

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  23. Wow- that came out great. That is great that you had that brown in your stash too. I used a nice brown on a quilt recently and fell in love with it! I just get so sick of using whites for borders and stuff.
    Also, I always pay an arm and a leg for good quality white fabric. This weekend I picked up a 100% cotton Pier 1 giant shower curtain for $2! That will be lots of white border for another quilt!

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  24. What a lucky baby to receive such a unique and lovingly made blanket. And the booties are so tiny and perfect, just like a newborn. :~)

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  25. I love the quilt. I've been buying some of those charm packs because I want all the fabric, but then I'm a little stumped as to how I want to use them. Perfect idea!

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  26. OK, you need to stop. Because every time you finish a project, that project gets added to my to-do wish list. I. love. everything. you. make. : )
    This baby quilt is so great -- simple, yet stunning.
    John
    (PS. I emailed you a few months back -- before I had a blog -- with some questions about the measurements of your Katie Jump Rope quilt. Update -- my fabrics are all ready, but I haven't started cutting yet!)

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  27. oooh - this one is cool too.
    it's so amazing how different the two look, what a fun medium with which to play with color.

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