Joy’s Baby Girl Quilt

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This is the baby quilt I made for my friend, Joy.  She should be having a little girl at the end of December (or at least they’re hoping for that for tax purposes!).  She and her husband have tried for a long time to get pregnant, so this is a long-awaited baby.

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I almost always make baby quilts for my friends’ babies, and since that kind of takes away the element of surprise, and since she’s a good friend, I wanted her to choose exactly what she wanted.  That was a good idea in theory, but Joy is so easygoing that she liked most things I showed her.  She did seem to love this Robert Kauffman Urban Zoologie bird print, though, so I built off that.

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The front pattern is a simple brick style, and I used 4”x8” bricks.  I saved a good portion of the bird print for the backing as well and filled in with coordinating prints on the front.

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I love the colors in the bird print, but I think my favorite part about this is the quilting.  I wanted to do something different than just as stipple.  I thought about a floral pattern, or a grid pattern with the bricks, but after browsing pinterest, I stumbled upon an idea I’m sure I’ll use again in the future.  I saw a picture of cricut/scrapbooking words with long curly tails like “adorable,” or “love,” and I thought it would be cute for a quilt.  This quilt already had “lines” built in.  However, when considering the words, I wanted it to be meaningful, so I ended up choosing a Bible verse from 1 Samuel 1:27– “For this child I have prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of him.”  There have been many prayers and lots of waiting for this little girl, and I thought it was fitting.

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The verse isn’t overly noticeable amidst the swirls and flowers I quilted to fill up the space, but if you look for it, it’s there.  Joy will know it’s there, too, and I’m so glad I thought of that instead of simple swirls or flowers.

I finished it off with a new (homemade) label—I’m so looking forward to ordering some woven ones, but I want to be sure I order exactly what I want, so I’m waiting a bit.

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I also made Joy these matching burp cloths, just so she would have a surprise.  She pinned a set like this the other day, and they’re such a quick and easy project (for whatever reason, I find them so fun to make!).  I grabbed a big package of cloth diapers from Target, so I’ll probably be adding a set of these to most of my future baby gifts.

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An Old Project

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        I was just going through an old SD card and found some photos that I never posted.  Last year some of the ladies at our church drew names for “secret sisters.”  All through the year we give them little gifts or cards, etc., and then in December, we had a reveal party where we […]

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A shout-out to Fabric.com’s customer service

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Can I just say, WOW?! I placed a fairly large order with fabric.com on Sunday.  A few of the items were time sensitive since I need some special fabrics for a baby quilt (and the baby shower is in a week—I plan ahead like that).  Anyway, their shipping is usually quite fast, and I even […]

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Cheyenne’s Quilt

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Just a few months ago, I posted about a pillow I made for a friend who had lost a baby around 16 weeks.  Another friend was pregnant and due around the same time as the first friend (we all go to church together and know each other well).  As her due date approached, everything was […]

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LOTS of changing pads

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When I had my second baby, I made myself a changing pad.  It took a lot of time because I made up the pattern as I went along.  My sister-in-law, Beth, saw it and wanted one for her pregnant sister-in-law, so I made a second.  More recently, Beth became pregnant, and the above changing pad […]

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A Pillow for Amy

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My friend recently had a second trimester miscarriage.  The baby had a genetic disorder, and my poor friend and her husband knew for a while before they lost the baby that the pregnancy most likely would end in the first or second trimester.  I can’t imagine how painful it is for them, but they’ve handled […]

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Jodi’s Quilt

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I finally have a new finish to share!  My good friend Jodi had a birthday today, and I’ve been working on this quilt all week as my gift to her.  It was a down-to-the-wire finish.  In fact, it came out of the dryer slightly damp, so I had to wait until the afternoon to take […]

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Modern She Made Swap Package

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  This swap was all about hexagons—WAY out of my comfort zone!  For whatever reason, I never jumped on the hexie trend.  I had seen a little English Paper Piecing with hexies at a quilt shop, but I didn’t see the process start to finish and didn’t think I’d have the patience, so I just […]

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Potholders—Handmade Teacher Gifts

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My son recently moved up to the next age group in his Bible class at church.  I always try to give a goodbye gift to my kids’ teachers when they leave their class.  It takes so much effort to plan and teach classes at church, and I’m so grateful for their efforts throughout the year! […]

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Quick Baby Boy Quilt

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Whenever I need a quick baby quilt pattern, I almost always turn to Oh Fransson’s charm squares tutorial.  It’s a good way to use up scraps or charm packs, and it’s fast and easy.  It’s also pretty universally appealing.  It’s easy to switch out colors and fabrics to suit a particular person’s taste. I’ve had […]

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