Friday, February 10, 2012

A Quilt for My Daughter

 Isn't she a doll?
After doing my first quilt as a gift I just had to make one for my daughter.
I set out right away sketching out a drawing and figuring out measurements. I wanted it to fit her crib perfectly because I knew eventually her crib would be turned into a toddler bed and I didn't want her to outgrow it too fast. The original sketch was quite a bit different then the quilt turned out but when you design your own things that's one of the perks, you can adapt it as you're going along. I do wish I wouldn't have been such a penny-pincher and picked out a print or two specifically for this quilt instead of just working with what I had on hand but I'm still pretty satisfied.
Emrey loves it and you can tell that she knows that its her own, made just for her.

Here she is right after I finished machine binding it, she was a little excited. I dont know why but every blanket I have ever worked on she loves to crawl all over on the floor. It used to irritate me because I didn't want her to mess them up because usually they were baby gifts, but now I think its cute and expect it.
 Loosen up with your children who knows some things that annoy you now you might miss next year.

 I love how bright and crisp it looks, that's kinda why I think white in my quilts will be my staple. They just turn out looking clean and inviting when you use white, in my opinion.

Lisa is the one who did the quilting, and for those of you who don't know the "quilting" is the little designs that are stitched into the quilt with a special machine that's the size of most of your bathrooms.
When I tell people that I get them quilted by someone else they seem confused, like they think they stitched together the fabric pieces and put it all together, which is not the case. Most sewing machine cannot quilt themselves, you have to have a special machine called a long arm, to do it properly. I don't have one, but I do have an amazing fabric store in town that does it! I am really lucky to have found them, she does such an amazing job and is flat out an artist at what she does. In fact one of her quilts is going to be published in a magazine.

Here is a shot of the binding which is my least favorite part of making a quilt. Yaah for me though I found a short cut! Its called machine binding, which basically means no hand stiching! 
I doubt I will ever go back to hand stitching binding again. This took hours off my work time.

For the backing I wanted something really soft and cuddly for Emrey so I went with flannel. It is so soft and because of the quilting the back is not one bit boring but really lovely.
I cant say it was the quilt but the first night she slept with it she slept completely through the night which doesn't happen around here too often.
Who knows maybe it was the quilt :)

Shes the best fake sleeper poser ever 


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