Coordinating a Baby Quilt

My niece, Rachel, is expecting in October and this past weekend was her baby shower. Three weeks prior to the event I realized I hadn’t made a quilt (the story of my life lately). I went through my stack of crib sized UFO’s, but nothing seemed right. Rachel was registered at Buy Buy Baby, so I went to the store registry listed on the invite and discovered that all the nursery items had a jungle theme and are from the Lambs & Ivy® Peek-a-Boo Jungle collection (please visit their website: http://lambsivy.com/pages/bedding-collections – their designs are delightful!). The jungle animals on the crib sheets and room decor were adorable. I thought it would be fun to make a quilt that coordinated with them.

Now I need to add a disclaimer. I made my own versions of these designs for my own personal use, to go with the other pieces purchased for baby Caleb. Please be aware of copyright!

I used my Repliqué technique to create the animal blocks. I added Caleb’s initial and set these squares with 9-patch blocks. What fun! Next it was time to quilt. About half way into the quilting I realized there was a problem. Can you find it?

Caleb quilt quilting - mistake

I decided to go with the Amish adage “Only God is Perfect”, and continued quilting. (In case you didn’t find it, one of the 9 patch blocks is turned)

While Wendy and I were in Portland last month we visited the Rose Gardens. They were spectacular.

Caleb roses 1 Caleb roses 2

In the gift shop we both had to purchase new “free motion quilting gloves” – so I decided to give them a try (can you believe some people actually use them for gardening?!?).

Caleb quilt quilting gloves

They are oh, so pretty, and they work great too!

I put fleece on the back of the quilt, and turned it to the front for the binding, just like I did for my granddaughter Rainee’s quilt. It really is soft and squishy – just right for a baby!

Caleb quilt back

Outline and spiral quilting from the back

I finished quilting it just as Trey got up from his nap.

Caleb quilt - Trey

I think he approves 😀 !

I presented the quilt to Rachel at her shower and she was very excited! It is such fun to give a gift we make ourselves. I just wish I’d taken a picture of her with the quilt. Maybe in a future post 🙂 !

 

 


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  • patgi said:

    I like that Amish quote too, “Only God is Perfect.” What a great idea to find out the theme for a baby’s nursery by going to the store and looking at the registry. Love your baby quilt!

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  • Suzi admin

    Caleb’s quilt is adorable! Did you use batting as well or just the top and then the fleece?
    Inquiring minds….
    I love reading your weekly blog!

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    • clkquilt admin

      I don’t use batting when putting fleece on the back, and the quilt turns out soft, fluffy and just the right weight! Do be careful not to stretch the back when layering, as it springs back after quilting and makes for a puckery quilt (ask me how I know)!

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  • Joanie said:

    These are really great ideas. The quilt is cute and well planned for machine quilting. I am sure your niece was delighted!

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