Baby James Quilt One

IMG_0950A quilter from an online quilt forum I visit often lost her grandson three days after he was born due to a birth defect. Her son and DIL are expecting another baby later this year, and grandma wants to donate a quilt in baby James’s memory to all the babies in the nursery when the new baby is born. I am honored to make a few quilts for her. Here is my first one.

I used the same technique as my Bisection quilt but cut this up differently. I started with four fat quarters – two grey prints and two bright red prints. I stacked and aligned them as much as possible (no trimming yet) and cut into 10 sections of varying sizes. I mixed them up and laid out till I was happy with the balance of colors.IMG_0646

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I sewed them into 4 blocks and used the 4 long strips – two on each side to offset the blocks. No matching seams anywhere!

IMG_0650I wanted to quilt a large spiral – used a dinner plate to draw a large circle and echoed around the circles to make a spiral. There are a number of tutorials online but this is the first time I’m quilting this. The guide bar on my walking foot didn’t work very well for me. I ended up eyeballing the distance from the previous line. It’s not perfect but I love the texture.

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I didn’t want a very tight spiral since this is a baby quilt and I wanted to keep it soft and fluffy. I just quilted some crisscross lines inside the circle.

This is my first finish for the baby James quilt project. I have two more coming later this week.

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A Quilt for Baby Misha

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First time using my Storied Quilts label!

I’ve blogged about this quilt here. I used 2.5″ strips from various pink prints to make the hexagons and used a dark grey Kona cotton solid as background. This was the second quilt I quilted on my long-arm (BlockRockIt 15). I’m so happy how this turned out.

My friend is having a get together tomorrow to meet her newest granddaughter, Misha.  I quickly sewed the binding and label, and washed it last night. It’s now ready for baby Misha.

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Lovely yard after days of torrential rain and the last few fruit from our peach tree. The local raccoon has discovered the tree and most of the fruit disappeared overnight.


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