Tuesday, February 9, 2016

little no name

They were all good, but none were just right.

So you know what?
I didn't name the quilt.
I figured, 
since the baby does not yet have a name either,
it was totally acceptable ;-)

Let's see,
not a whole lot more to say about this one....

woah!! bright light, and an idiot behind the lens....

Ya'll already know I pieced it super fast,
and was pretty speedy with the quilting and binding, too.

Turns out, when a quilt is 1/4 the size of your last quilt,
and it's simple patchwork,
everything is easier / faster.

I used bamboo batting again;
it's so much nicer than Warm and White for adding hand-quilting,
but it has a similar weight and feel.
The antimicrobial properties are just a nice bonus :-)

As you can see, I machine quilted diagonally across all squares, 
except for 2 in each direction,
which were hand quilted with navy perle cotton.

I'd looked at etsy for the thread, 
thinking if I bought it from a seller I knew was a speedy shipper,
I'd be more likely to get it in time,
but I didn't find a color that looked just right.
I did find a set of several blues
and thought perhaps one of them might work,
but I wasn't real keen on spending $20 for such a risky chance.
Which meant I'd need to buy local.
I figured I'd have to settle on using regular embroidery floss (ugh -tangles!)
or maybe I'd find some cotton crochet thread that would work, 
but it turns out,
there was one spool of navy perle cotton, size 8
at Joann's!
(which isn't 'local', but it was my turn with Gramma, 
so the boys and I popped in to the Roger's store while we up there)

It was quite pricey, so it's not something I'd use often,
but I really wanted something soft
with elephants
(that I'd get quickly!)
and this fit the bill perfectly.

Since my backing didn't exactly match my quilt top
(a first for me!)
I had a little bit of trouble settling on a binding.
I decided on a solid gray
and added just a little pop of print.

After a quick wash (gentle cycle, warm water)
and a thorough tumble in the dryer (med heat)
it crinkled scrumptiously.

Now all we need is the baby :-)
(but he needs to cook a bit longer. No rush job there...)

(if you missed the (coordinating) gifts the kids made, go here to take a look. 
Pretty amazing stuff, I think)

We sure love you, precious little un-named baby boy!

linking up with crazy Amanda


  1. I love simple patchwork and the fabrics you used here.

  2. I love the little boy blues! It's so hard to find boyish baby fabric.

  3. Wow, super cute gift. I love how you combined all the fabrics!
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  4. Simple patchwork is just the best! Beautiful work.

  5. Ooh, I really like the elephant fabric. Excellent choice! What good luck to find a navy thread (more or less) locally. It's a beautiful finish.


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