TGIFF! It’s time for Baby!!!

Well, for a baby quilt! Baby won’t be here until June, but her quilt is ready to receive her. OH, not MY baby, but my niece’s expectant little one. We can’t wait to meet her. Considering who her parents are, she is sure to be a darling.

Months ago we had a Quilter’s Day Out at Quilts Plus, back when we were free to roam the country. I hadn’t planned to buy fabrics for a baby quilt, but as I looked around the shop I found a simple pattern that I knew would be a great backdrop for beautiful fabrics. So I grabbed the pattern. Then, as I wandered the shelves, I happened upon a neat fabric, but in pinks, yellows, and orange, what to do with it? It screamed baby quilt!! And I needed one for an April shower, so Austin Baby was born.

My guild friends and the shop owner helped yay/nay my fabric choices until we had a great palette assembled. All I had to do was decide how to reduce the size to a more usable baby quilt and place the fabrics. EQ8 to the rescue!

The piecing was quick and easy and in time I had a completed top! But you know what happens next for me. HOW DO I QUILT IT!!! But this time I really didn’t have an issue, I knew where my starting point would be. WALK. No, not walk away from the quilting, WALK the quilting! And Jacquie Gering was a great help in this endeavor. I pursued the pages and identified the motifs I wanted to use and then planned where to insert them into the color bars. A few changes were made on the fly, but in the end I was thrilled with the choices I made. Wanna see them?

 This one is actually my favorite of the bunch! But they all were fun, even if a few were tricky to get the spacing correct. I had wanted to do an orange peel motif, but my curves were not working with the size I had made them, so I scraped it for a more linear design. The most difficult thing was finding starting and stopping points to try and reduce the cut threads within each bar. There’s a bit of traveling along the seam lines to help with that.

For the sashing I just went with 1/4″ quilting along the seam line. And then it sat, for I was not sure just what to do for the border. But one night a lightbulb went off over my head and I quickly started marking the lines. Random blocks were made with connecting lines to travel around the four borders. What fun! An afternoon of stitching was all it took to get the border done and binding on, with the next morning spent tacking the binding down by hand.

And now the Princess can make her appearance! Her quilt awaits.

And just because I had some small pieces to use up, a bonus Zippered Pouch!


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37 thoughts on “TGIFF! It’s time for Baby!!!

    • chrisknits April 16, 2020 / 6:58 pm

      Thanks! I am hoping it will be well loved. > >

  1. Vireya April 16, 2020 / 7:38 pm

    Beautiful fabrics, and beautiful quilting! That is a gorgeous baby quilt. The pouch is lovely too.

    • chrisknits April 16, 2020 / 7:41 pm

      Thanks! I hope they use it instead of “saving” it. > >

  2. quiteayarnblog April 17, 2020 / 3:01 am

    Oh my goodness – that is gorgeous! So cheerful and sunny 🙂 And the bag is so cute too!

    • chrisknits April 17, 2020 / 7:50 am

      Thank you, I am so excited to gift this, but even more excited to meet the new little one when she arrives! > >

  3. rl2b2017 April 17, 2020 / 8:27 am

    Hi Chris! What a fabulous baby quilt. That pattern looks like it would be quick and easy, and it really shows off that beautiful fabric you selected to its best. I am 100% certain that your niece and the soon-to-be baby girl will just adore this. With all the love you have sewn and quilted into it, how could they not?!! Your quilting looks great. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • chrisknits April 17, 2020 / 8:34 am

      Aw, thank you for the sweet comments. I do hope the baby is wrapped in this love daily! One day I am going to show the results of a well loved baby quilt 25 years later. > >

  4. Diann Bottrell April 17, 2020 / 9:33 am

    What a sweet and happy baby quilt! The colors are so pretty, and I love how you tried all those walking foot designs in the quilting, too. Mama and baby are going to love it!

    • chrisknits April 17, 2020 / 10:51 am

      Thank you! I am hoping it is well loved and used. What could be better than a soft, faded, and ragged baby quilt? Thanks for linking up! > >

  5. Maggie April 17, 2020 / 10:16 am

    It’s lovely! Such happy colors.

    • chrisknits April 17, 2020 / 10:53 am

      Thank you. I am hoping the contrast of pop on the white will engage baby’s senses. >

  6. Judy Blauer April 17, 2020 / 10:46 am

    The colors are scrumptious! Very “girly” without being old fashioned pink! I love it!

    • chrisknits April 17, 2020 / 10:54 am

      Thanks! I was never one to dress my girls in “girly” pink when they were babies. The bolder and brighter the colors the better! > >

  7. Alycia Quilts April 17, 2020 / 10:46 am

    How great is that!! and how unusual to have a quilt made before baby comes! You win the *i’m ready* award!!!!

    • chrisknits April 17, 2020 / 10:55 am

      LOL! It was supposed to ready for an April 11th baby shower, but that was postponed, so I just went ahead and finished it now and will start on baby’s first hand knit sweater to have ready for the June shower or baby’s arrival, whichever comes first. > >

  8. Laura Kate April 17, 2020 / 12:20 pm

    I love your palette for this project.

    • chrisknits April 17, 2020 / 1:14 pm

      Thanks! The tiled fabric was the piece that brought it all together!


  9. Leanne Parsons April 17, 2020 / 1:40 pm

    That’s a beautiful baby quilt and the quilting turned out wonderfully! Thanks for hosting this week 🙂

    • chrisknits April 17, 2020 / 8:08 pm

      Thanks! I think it’s perfect for a little precious baby that I can’t wait to meet! > >

  10. Nancy Bekedam April 17, 2020 / 3:25 pm

    I love all your quilting motifs, Chris! And the story that went along with the quilt, shopping and all, made me chuckle! She will be a princess, indeed!

    • chrisknits April 17, 2020 / 8:08 pm

      LOL, what are quilting friends for but to help you buy fabric! Thanks > >

  11. Rebecca Grace April 17, 2020 / 5:34 pm

    Fabulous job on selecting and executing the quilting designs, Chris! I hope the restrictions are lifted by the time June rolls around so you can deliver this lovely quilt to the baby in person!

    • chrisknits April 17, 2020 / 8:11 pm

      Amen sister! We may all be wearing face masks and only allowed to view her from a distance, but I will take whatever measures I need to see her sometime this summer! > >

  12. Vicki in MN April 17, 2020 / 7:55 pm

    I have made that pattern, so fun and easy. Your quilt is adorable and the pouch so sweet.

    • chrisknits April 17, 2020 / 8:11 pm

      Thanks! I definitely will be making it again, and definitely full size. > >

  13. Susan Nixon April 17, 2020 / 9:21 pm

    Wonderful baby quilt, and a great idea for charities, too. Thanks!

    • chrisknits April 17, 2020 / 10:44 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I definitely plan to make one of these for H2H this year. > >

  14. Karen April 18, 2020 / 5:31 pm

    A bright and happy quilt and finished well ahead of time. Well done.

    • chrisknits April 18, 2020 / 10:11 pm

      Thanks! I can’t wait to see it wrapping up that bundle of joy! > >

  15. Melanie April 19, 2020 / 4:01 am

    What a fun quilt! Great colors for a baby quilt and fun but simple design to let the fabrics be the stars. But unfortunately they got outdone by your quilting 🙂 Love the individual designs in each bar. Great work! xo Melanie

    • chrisknits April 19, 2020 / 8:06 am

      LOL! Thanks, it definitely was a great canvas to try new quilting motifs.


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