Baby quilts are my favorite things to make! My first quilty projects ever were quilts for my niece and nephew – I figured I would start small, and if they ended up a bit wonky no problem! They were going to be well loved and covered in Cheerio crumbs regardless.
Here’s a quick rundown of Operation Baby Quilt 2017 and the itty bitties they were made for:
Lemondrop (Sylvie): I designed this quilt for some dear friends of ours, for their first baby. Sylvie was nicknamed “Lemondrop” until she was born and they introduced her real name, so I’ll always think of this quilt as Lemondrop’s. Made with Hello Bear fabrics by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics and some large flying geese, it was a breeze to make and one of the first projects I ever quilted myself! I love, love, love that “Firefly” print for the background!
June-bug: One of my long-time best friend’s sister was pregnant and Juniper came much earlier than expected! I had some Juniper Berry fabric on hand, so I raided my stash for coordinating prints. In an effort to bring a little joy to the stress and uncertainty of the NICU I sent this quilt to Indiana as a surprise – needless to say, June-bug has grown into her quilt and is a happy healthy little babe! Tutorial can be found here.
George: Our nephew was the recipient of my first ever finished quilt! I remember being so excited I sewed for 10 hours straight one day! It was so wonky but I managed to make it flat enough to long-arm. Made with Bonnie and Camille’s Daysail fabric using my favorite baby quilt pattern ever – Baby Basket Quilt by Woodberry Way. Free pattern here! Quilted by A Better Quilt here in Colorado.
Olivia: This sweet quilt for our niece was not the first quilt I finished but the first one I started, ever! A forgiving lesson in strip piecing for a brand new quilter, and a wonderful pattern! Made with a jelly roll of Handmade by Bonnie and Camille using the Jellybean pattern by Thimble Blossoms. (Pattern here!) Quilted by Abby Latimer of Latimer Lane Quilting.
Tracey – custom client: Our friend in Colorado had a niece born this fall and wanted to design a quilt for her! We worked together to coordinate with a maroon and gray “jungle/safari” themed nursery and these panels from Gingiber were just too perfect. We even incorporated Tracey’s favorite pink lemur print from Cotton and Steel! This was also the first time I used my new labels from Custom Labels 4 U!