Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My first finished quilt!

Elephant rattle on quilt

It's been a long time since I posted here (or on my food blog), but I am sure everyone is sick of hearing my excuses, so let's just pretend I have been posting regularly ;) One of my friends gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl a couple of months ago and as soon as she announced she was pregnant I got excited because I knew it meant I would get to make my first by quilt. At the time I thought I had ages to get it done, but then all of a sudden she was born and I was quiltless! So I kept putting off meeting up with her so that I could get the quilt made, but the quilt kept getting put to the bottom of my to do list. I finally caught up with her over lunch a couple of weeks ago and ended up making this quilt in ONE NIGHT. Luckily baby quilts come together quickly! Although it is quite large for a baby quilt because I didn't want her to grow out of it too quickly.

Front of Quilt

Some of you may recognise the purple and blue materials as they are the same as the big quilt that I am making myself (which I still haven't finished). This quilt is much smaller, so I left out a few of the fabrics and I also went with a simple squares pattern to save time. I spent about half an hour figuring out where to put each of the blocks and then managed to sew them all wrong (it was 3 in the morning at that stage) - so I ended up just doing it randomly and I don't think it turned out too badly.

Back of Quilt

I backed it with a cute heart flannel that I had bought a while ago to make some cloth pads, but haven't got around to it. There is still enough leftover to make a couple one day though. The heart flannel wasn't quite long enough for the backing, so I added a strip of plain pink flannel, which I think looks quite effective with the label there. The label itself was just made with t-shirt transfer, but it was the black type, so I am not too sure how long it will last. Hopefully it doesn't disintegrate on the first wash!

Quilt for Baby Mahlia

I wrapped it up in a pretty ribbon and gave it to the mother with a cute elephant wrist rattle and a set of Tupperware snack cups as they always come in handy for babies and I have lots of them lying around as I am a demonstrator. The snack cups have a lifetime guarantee, so they will last for ages even if the quilt falls apart (hopefully it doesn't!).

The whole present

I had so much fun making this quilt and it has spurred me on to get my own one finished - once all the university assignments are out of the way of course! Damn Uni, interfering with my quilting bug!