More snuggly flannel baby quiltness

After six years of quilting, I experienced a first this weekend: tying a quilt! And I LOVE the result.

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

A few months ago I finished up an almost identical quilt (same pattern, same fabric collection, different colorway) and learned a few things that helped me with this one:

I learned that flannel doesn’t like to be densely quilted (unless you want its “flowiness” stolen). I learned that it’s hard to straight-line quilt flannel without making it wonky, which in turn necessitates lots of trimming to square it up. And I learned that in order to counteract some of these issues without having to trim off half your quilt, you should quit your whining and block your quilt for a nice result (you can tell in the photos of my other quilt that the edges were unfortunately wavy–blocking would’ve eliminated that problem).

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

So this time around, I decided tying was the best route–and I was right! (As always…) It turned out SO soft and snuggly.

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

The Stats:

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

P.S. How great are those polka dots?? They make me happy. I’m gifting this snuggler to my best friend from high school, Jade, whose little man turns one just after Christmas. I hope they love it!

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

P.P.S. If I don’t see ya before then, have a happy Christmas!

Table runners and chubby fingers

Guys, I’m coming up in the world. I am now such a hoity artist that I’ve been granted the luxury of two unpaid volunteer photography assistants! They may only be able to model projects fewer than four feet in length, but what they lack in stature they more than make up for in enthusiasm. And chubby fingers—how those dimpled knuckles do slay me.

Plum-ish improv table runner

Here’s yet another project I started sewing ages ago and only recently pulled out of my works-in-progress pile to finish. And I’m glad I did because it’s a perfect addition to the previously bare dining table in our new home (I originally made this and this for myself but ended up giving those away to my mom and best friend, respectively). It even matches our “family quilt“—as my sweetie’s two cuddly boys, a/k/a the chubby-fingered assistants, call it—that we keep on the couch.

Plum-ish improv table runner

Plum-ish improv table runner

What is it about fall that always seems to give me the table runner bug? I love all the plums and purples in Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry and True Colors lines. Combined with my favorite quilting pattern: infinity loops. Here’s one devoted little man proudly displaying the runner for me while exploding my ego by adorably repeating how it is “like, soooooo pretty”:

Plum-ish improv table runner

Plum-ish improv table runner

My original furry snuggler sat this one out and decided to just look on tiredly from her little perch atop her brother’s butt—there finally exist two living beings who can wear even *her* out!

Plum-ish improv table runner

So the next project? Halloween stuff, of course! I’ve got a super cute bunting and simple patchwork quilt in the works and have been more motivated than ever to hang out in my sewing room since it now involves a steady chorus of “ooooh”s and “ahhhh”s by my sewing cheerleaders. Here’s a little peek of what we’ve got going on…

Halloween bunting in progress

I’m most excited about the print with the potion bottles—one of which purports to contain “OWL HOOTS.”  Just put a fork in me.

Fawn baby quilt

I finished this little beauty!

Fawn baby quilt

I’m super excited with how it turned out, and my friend loved it too.  I can’t tell you how happy it makes me and how much it means when the person for whom I make a quilt is grateful and excited.

Fawn baby quilt

This is my first quilt finish since moving up to the mountain suburbs with my love (ahem–I mean my fiancé [blushes happily]), and some deer showed up right on cue to shake their asses at me while I photographed the fawn quilt.

Fawn baby quilt

Also on cue: Layla dog, hating that something else but her is getting attention, ensuring her appearance in at least one photograph.

Fawn baby quilt

Our Love Slut respects no personal boundaries.  (Credit to Krista B. for the perfect nickname.)

Anyway, I love the way this binding stands out with its little pop of saturated coral but also complements the quilt as a whole.  Small-scale prints, especially those with any sort of stripey element, make the best quilt bindings.

Fawn baby quilt

I usually use soft backings like flannel or minky for baby quilts but was hell-bent on incorporating that sweet fawn panel into a quilt so I made two pieced sides.  Otherwise, soft fabrics are the way to go for babes or cold-weather quilts (hello, Colorado winter!  I like chilly weather and am looking forward to its arrival).

Fawn baby quilt

Amanda from A Crafty Fox actually just posted about buying Target sheets to use as quilt backs and I enthusiastically second her recommendation–quilts are expensive to make and store-bought blankets or sheets are a great cost-saver for backing (and look just as cute as yardage!).

I made a Christmas quilt ages ago where I just bought a red microfleece blanket from Target and used it to back what is still one of my coziest quilts.

Fawn baby quilt

I had a hard time parting with this one but cannot wait for the pictures my friend promised of her soon-to-be granddaughter leaving the hospital wrapped up in this quilt.  Couldn’t ask for a better thank you!

Fawn baby quilt

Fawn baby quilt

Fawn baby quilt

xo

Quilting is so fawn.

I’m a girl and I therefore thoroughly enjoy making baby girl quilts.  It’s so easy–all I have to do to ensure cuteness while designing a baby girl quilt is ask myself: what would your little toddler self love if this were her quilt?  (I don’t ask what my baby self would love because babies give approximately zero f***s what is on a quilt.)

Fawn baby quilt beginnings

A former coworker friend of mine is going to be a grandma soon and asked if I would make her new little gal a quilt, so I used it as an opportunity to try out the Picnic Plaid pattern in Anna Graham’s new book, Handmade Style.

Handmade Style book

I whipped up the top in a night and instantly adored it for its simplicity:

Picnic Plaid pattern from Handmade Style

Then this past weekend I set about using the leftover strips I had from the front to make a few extra little cross blocks and incorporate them into an improv backing, along with a panel from Hawthorne Threads’ new Fawn collection which absolutely slayed me the first time I saw it.

Fawn baby quilt

(Who knew I’d amassed such an extensive collection of deer fabric?)

Fawn baby quilt

I think I’m actually going to call this the front of the quilt instead of the back.  My mister said I should make two quilts since I have two cute tops but let’s not get carried away.

Shelves from heaven

I’ve had more time lately to sew and it’s been super nice getting back to my quilting roots–I actually have time for more than just a bunch of little zip pouches!  But my next project after this quilt will be sewing up some curtains for the giant window in my happy new sewing space using a lovely blue canvas print from Anna Graham’s new line, Rain Walk, for Cloud9 Fabrics (which designer/manufacturer partnership, by the way, was conceived by fabric angels).

Rain Walk canvas for new curtains

New sewing space

Now off to finish the fawn quilt while watching an episode of Portlandia with the Netflix synopsis of: Peter and Nance prove they’ve “still got it” with an adventure on their newly purchased motorcycles–yes.