Yay! I have a new nephew! 🙂 Just the excuse I needed to start quilting again. I love the combination of the yellows and grays…it’s like sunshine on a cloudy day (you know how the song goes–You are my sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray….).
Baby quilts are so fun to make, since the whole quilt comes together relatively quickly. I just love how it turned out!
I used the Snapshot pattern from Happy Hour by Atkins Design. I love this pattern (I used it for Caterpillar’s Meadow).
I hope my nephew, Ben, loves his new quilt!
Post wash measurement: 34 x 42.
The back: yellow with white dots
The binding: I love a striped binding!
I took a deep breath and opened the washing machine and smiled broadly…no reds or blacks ran onto the white! Woohoo!!!!
Here’s a little background on the quilt’s name. My son swims competitively for the AquaHawgs, and my daughter will also swim on the team this fall. The reason we are a part of the AquaHawgs is because of Coach Amy. We all adore her, and she really ignited the swimming passion in both of my kiddos. If not for her we likely would not be a part of the AquaHawgs. So with her departure comes lots of sadness, but also true excitement for her and her husband as their life’s journey takes them elsewhere. Our family has truly been blessed to have had Coach Amy involved in our lives for the last 2 years.
When she told me she was moving, I of course knew I needed to make her a quilt to thank her for everything she’s done for us. Since the team’s colors are red, black, and white, I thought a quilt with those colors would be perfect. Wherever she is she can wrap herself in some AquaHawg love and some Chriss family love.
For the quilt’s label, I had all 4 of us sign our names…for an extra special touch.
We love Coach Amy so much, and we are going to miss her!
Post wash measurement is 56.5 x 63.5. The pattern is Quilted Windows, and I modified the pattern a bit to make the quilt wider. The fabrics are mostly Mingle by Monaluna for Robert Kaufman.
I absolutely love how this quilt turned out. I’ve had this post sitting as a draft for nearly a week, because I didn’t want to post it until I gave Coach Amy her gift. We are bringing her gift to her today…hope she loves it!
Back…I love a polka dot back!
The quilt label. I incorporated it into the pieced blocks of the backing.
Solid black binding
I’m finally getting back into quilting. I had to take some time off to get a few time involved work projects finished up. On Tuesday, one of our kiddos’ beloved swim coaches told me her husband got a new job in another state, so they are moving. I am beyond devastated. She has had such a profoundly powerful and positive influence on our children, that she will be missed immensely. That said, I am very excited for her and her husband and life’s newest journey.
So I think this occasion calls for a quilt, stat! The swim team’s colors are red, black, and white, so how about a little red, black, and white quilt? I think that sounds perfect, and luckily I had mostly everything I need to get this quilt started and finished asap!
Aren’t these pretty?
I am so in love with this quilt! I love the calm peaceful colors and the fact that it works for the winter and the summer. The last thing I need to do is ship it to its new owner, and since she doesn’t read this blog, I can say that it’s going to my mom. I can’t believe its taken me this long to make her a quilt, especially since she’s the one that encouraged me (for my birthday 2 years ago she sent me to learn to sew classes) to actually use my sewing machine. She’s not a quilter, but she sews beautiful garments. And I know she’s going to love it!
Post wash measurement is 54 x 70.
I started another quilt. And I haven’t even finished A Breath of Avignon or China Blue. This is so unlike me. I usually finish a quilt before I start a new one. Luckily though, I am at the hand stitching the binding stage for A Breath of Avignon and China Blue, so that makes for a good tv watching activity.
Cool Breezes has lovely blues, lavenders, grays, and sage greens. It’s very calming and serene. It is basted, quilted, and the binding is attached to the front of the quilt.
Now onto hand stitching the bindings…
I finally finished the Black, White, & Red All Over quilt (well, I actually finished it about a month ago). This quilt was a wedding gift to my cousin Debbie and her new hubby Mike. I can’t remember the post wash measurement, but I think it was 53 x 63ish.
My quilting and sewing has been slow going this summer. I was hoping that once the kiddos were back in school I’d have so much more free time to sew, but that just isn’t the case. I’ve been working a lot more, and sadly there’s been little sewing going on. One of these days I’ll get back to it…hopefully very soon.
I can’t believe it’s April already!
Over the weekend I put the Black, White & Red All Over sandwich together and pin basted it.
Then last night I got totally stressed out when I realized we are in April and I have to finish this quilt for a summer wedding, I have to start and finish a baby quilt for a friend’s baby due in June, and I have to start and finish another quilt before the end of June. All this and I’m about to get super busy at work. Needless to say I was a bit of a stress basket case last night, especially when I looked over at my newly pin basted Black, White & Red All Over quilt in which I used all of my pins to baste it. So now, I certainly need to quilt that quilt, so that I can have the pins handy to do the other 2 quilts that need to get completed before the Black, White & Red All Over (and I most certainly was not about to take out all those pins!!!!).
Luckily today was a nice day and my daughter was outside playing with her friend, which meant I had some time to just quilt, and quilt I did! The whole quilt is now quilted, yay!
Now I’m going to put this quilt aside so I can work on the other more pressing quilts. I generally like to finish a quilt before I start another one, but I’m going to have to make an exception. The binding and label will have to wait for another day.
I’ve always thought that the black, white, and red colorway was so striking. But those colors aren’t very me in the sense that I wouldn’t really make a quilt for myself with those colors, but still, I’m always drawn to quilts with those colors. So I decided to go ahead and make a quilt with these colors. I’m really loving it, although this quilt isn’t for us; however, I’m certain that the recipients will love it too.
Here’s the layout. The top is sewn together, but I don’t have a picture of the quilt top. Hopefully I can get this sandwiched soon, because I’m excited to see the finished project!
Thanks for all the votes for naming this quilt (both in the comments section and in person). While I liked both names best I think that Caterpillar’s Meadow fits both the quilt and the new mama the best.
The post wash measurements are 33 x 41…just the right size for a new baby.
I think this quilt is really pretty and the new mama is going to love it! 🙂
If you remember I used the Sulky Blendables thread…see how nicely it blends
This is the back and you can see how nicely the thread blends into the blocks at the top, but in the rest of the white backing you can see the color variations, which I think looks really cool. And since I used a light blendables thread it still hides mistakes on the white fabric.
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