Tag: Blanket

Lots and lots of pluses

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I finally fulfilled one long term ambition and made a quilt for my parents. They really liked the baby quilt that I made for the little monster, so they got one with a very similar color scheme. Actually, a few of the fabrics are even identical. Instead of triangles, theirs is featuring a pluses design though.

The whole project started with cutting the pieces, two little squares and one long rectangle for each plus. Doesn’t look like many? It’s just under 1000 pieces… 😛

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Instead of laying all the pieces out to figure out their exact positions, I created a cheat sheet and coded the different fabrics with numbers from 1 to 9. This technique had already proven very handy with the baby quilt last time, but was an actual necessity with the full size quilt this time around. We simply don’t have enough empty floor space in our house to put all these pieces down (and not have them attacked by little monsters).

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So according to this nifty cheat sheet, I prepared one little pile of pieces for each row…

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,,, which I then sewed together forming strips. You can see a few “editions” to my cheat sheet where I changed the position of a few pluses because I wanted to avoid the two brightest and the two darkest fabrics to have neighboring pluses, so they would stand out to each other more nicely. Below is a picture of a few of the finished strips – it was definitely a great moment to see all these strips of squares and rectangles come together to form the actual pluses!

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Another moment where lots of endorphines were released was after all these strips had been joint to one single sheet. After a good little while of ironing it looked like this:

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In order to assemble the quilt sandwich – I used a light polyester batting and a matching navy blue flat sheet for the back – I pinned the three layers together using safety pins.

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Then, I quilted the sandwich together with gentle wavy lines. It’s hard to see in the picture but I used a turquoise yarn that would stand out nicely against the navy background.

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And finally, after attaching an also navy colored binding, here is the finished quilt:

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As an additional surprise, I hid a little triangle in the back of one of the corners – which my parents found within only a few seconds 😉

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I’m so happy I managed to finish the quilt before my parents’ visit! The last stitches were only completed on Friday, the very day befor their arrival…

So, dear Mutti and Vati, I hope you’ll sleep well under your new blanket! I love you! 💛

A mini quilt

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There have been some more baby preparations after setting up a second crib in the kids’ room about two weeks ago. We still have basically all essentials from the first monster – except for a box of newborn diapers that I got earlier this week 😉 – but I really wanted to make something special for him. So I made a baby quilt!

After the quilt for my sister and her husband I had the strong feeling that this wouldn’t be my last one and got myself a few tools to make my future quilting life a little easier. Namely, those were a rotary cutter, a giant package of curved safety pins (you can see those awesome little guys in action in the bottom picture 😉) and – most importantly – a walking foot for my sewing machine. This last one was actually mostly coincidence. I had just mentioned to one of the ladies in the fabric store that I had found it a bit tricky to prevent the three layers from moving against each other while quilting the fabric and batting sandwich together, when she asked me why I wasn’t using a walking foot which was designed exactly for that purpose. Not that I hadn’t had this idea before, but during my own research I found out that Pfaff doesn’t offer one for my specific model of sewing machine. So I assumed that this was it and tried to find peace with that fact. But as it turns out, sewing machine accessories are sometimes more compatible between different manufacturers than I had imagined and my friends had a Janome foot for me that works like a charm with my Pfaff. It’s a bit of a noisy fellow, but it really was like making myself an early Christmas present when trying it out for the first time and now I just love its little “click click click”! 🙂

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And even better: my wonderful husband also made me a wooden cutting template (more durable than cardboard, but a lot cheaper than those fancy acrylic quilting rulers!) according to my specified dimensions.

I don’t want to say that making a quilt isn’t still a time-consuming business, but I really feel like I saved a lot of time with this one thanks to these little helpers. 😉 To be honest, part of it was of course just due to the smaller size of the quilt (about 1m x 1m) which made things a lot easier and faster…

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Do you like the little triangles? There are so many a lot more elaborate designs out there, but compared to the simple squares from last time, I felt almost a little adventurous. And I really like the combination of the lime and navy hues. Can’t wait to actually use the baby quilt!

A blanket for the monster

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Being quite happy with how this baby blanket for Theo turned out a little ago, I was thinking of making one for our monster as well and was so glad that there was just enough fabric left. So I did! I got some grey fabric with little dots for the back and went for a simple diagonal squares quilting pattern.

Technically, it’s not Yannick’s first blanket. He has another one that used to be his play mat before he was mobile, and which we still use for the stroller and in the car. This blanket though I want to keep in his crib. And don’t the forest animals just go perfect with the cloud shelves and the birch trees on the kids room wall?! 🙂

While I will continue to use his sleeping bag at night, I’ll start to use the new blanket for Yannick’s daytime naps. We’ve been “practicing” with his unzipped sleeping bag for a while now, so I think he’s ready for an actual blanket. And so far he seems to really like it – let’s see what he thinks when we get ready for his afternoon nap today… 😉

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UPDATE:

Ha! There we go! And yes, the stuffies may have been arranged for the picture… 😛

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Bears in trees

Last Friday, Paul took a day off. He and the monster had fun together all morning, so I felt like I was really the one on leave! 😉 I had some great hours in the guest room/crafts room, and I really enjoyed making something in one stretch once again. No attacks from the monster and no praying that the nap might be a long one!

So here is the result, a baby blanket for Theodor, my cousin Lana’s second little mister who was born today! So exciting! Congratulations and all the best to the whole family!! 💛

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I chose a plain brown fabric for the back and modified the quilting pattern I previously used for our headboard cover trying to resemble woodgrain, which I thought was perfect with the forest theme. And I believe I’m getting a lot closer to making a REAL quilt one day! You know, one that requires putting together a ton of tiny little pieces. But let’s not get too excited here – one day…!

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“Bears in trees”, this was actually the name of the fabric as it appeared on my receipt and I just fell for it. It is one of the treasures I got at JoAnn’s in Boston last fall. I can’t wait for my next chance to dive through their amazing selection! Which will probably be in July, as I already found out there is one in Sault Sainte Marie, literally just over the bridge to the US!

I also made a matching card, using the same brown fabric and kinda copying the acorn motive (It’s hard to see in the photo, I know, but there’re also a bunch of squirrels between all these bears and owls, and each of them is holding an acorn…). And who says you can’t sew a card?! 😉 I ironed some fusible interfacing to the back of the fabric scraps to prevent the pieces from fraying, then embroidered a little face and stitched the pieces onto the card.

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Now I just need to pack the little parcel and send it on its way to Vienna! 🙂