The Infamous Baby Quilt: Part 1

Quilts are beautiful pieces of art.

And great to snuggle in. I’ve always wanted to learn how to quilt. It’s because I have two beautiful quilts that were made for me as a baby. Mine were both made by one of my parent’s friends, Karen Schubert (sp?). Anyway, she made the first one, which is pretty traditional, and then found out that my mom thought it was too “pretty” and was afraid I would spit up all over it, and so wasn’t using it with me.

She then proceeded to make another one, a little less traditional, so I could have a more “casual” quilt. The second one I hold dear because it has kids drawings on it. It’s also tied, not sewn together.

Baby Quilt
Baby Quilt
Close Up Baby Quilt
Close Up Baby Quilt

They are both so cozy and the amount of work that goes into one…. let’s just say that I now understand why they are so expensive!

I started the easy way: taking a class! I took my class at Cary Quilting Company, which is local-ish for me. I took a sampler quilt class, which essentially means we would learn a bunch of different blocks to make a quilt top (just the top!).

Let’s just say I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I figured, if Laura Ingalls Wilder’s sister can quilt (they didn’t even have a sewing machine), I should be able to figure it out! (Side note, I grew up reading and re-reading those books…. they were some of my favorites as a child)

  • Step 1: Pick out your fabrics. I’m going for a “modern” baby quilt (no blue or pink) Nothing predictable!
  • Step 2: Cut up your beautiful fabric (you will want to cry)
  • Step 3: Follow your pattern (we used a book in our class) to sew your block together

I am definitely still a newbie in this world, but I like to follow Quilt Dad (he’s also in NC!) and Julie at Jaybird Quilts for awesome inspiration and checking out what the pro’s are doing!

Here is my first block:

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It definitely came out waaaaaayyyy smaller than it was supposed to… about 2 inches short on each side. I was having trouble keeping my 1/4″ seams 1/4″. That seemed to get better as I did more sewing. I ended up re-doing that whole block later!

I have a binding class coming up this weekend so I can figure that part out as well. I have to say that it is so much more work than I anticipated but it’s definitely going to be awesome when it’s finished!

I’ll work on getting more pics of my blocks up this weekend!

L