Making A Baby Quilt – Step 2

I tend to plan many quilts as I go along instead of at the beginning, which is what I’m doing with this one.

So far, I’ve decided that this will be a crib quilt size – 36 x 50 inches – and that I will alternate appliquéd blocks with either blocks of a solid fabric or a traditional block pattern or patterns. It will have rows of 3 blocks across and 5 down – 15 blocks in all.

Since I want to make the appliquéd blocks first, I was forced to narrow my pattern choices from 18 down to 8. The elimination process was not easy and I hemmed and hawed over them for quite some time! I have finally chosen these blocks from Kay’s book: Moon & Stars, Sunflowers, Love, Cat, Scottie, Heart and Buds, Tulip Trio, and Chicken.

Now comes the fun of choosing fabrics from my scraps and stash and making the blocks! Although I cannot show the block patterns here, I will be able to show you the blocks as I finish them. Those of you who have Kay’s Easy Appliqué Blocks, and are following along, can look them up.

I’m thinking of using Betty Cotton’s Cotton Theory method and making the quilt reversible. I’ll decide on that after I look through my fabrics.

Making a Baby Quilt

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Earlier this year we had fun with Kay Mackenzie’s Book-A-Round which featured her new book, Easy Appliqué Blocks. I made up my mind there and then, that I absolutely must use her delightful patterns to make a baby quilt for our newest grandchild. I meant to get started right away, but for many reasons, just wasn’t able to get to it. I thought it would be fun to share my progress with you here.

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Step One:

It is very difficult to choose from among the designs because as you view them, you just want to make them all. I have finally narrowed it down to 18 of the patterns: Tree, Teddy Bear, Sunflowers, Scottie, Pears, Mouse, Moon & Stars, Love, Heart and Buds, Hat, Doves, Daisy, Chicken, Charm, Cat Dream, Cat, Cardinal, Apple, and Tulip.

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Next, I will decide on the quilt size, then narrow my choices down even further. This may be the only difficult part of making the baby quilt!

heart-and-buds

The CD that Kay includes with her book makes everything so quick and easy! It was wonderful to simply choose the block size I wanted, then choose mirror image, then print! No light box or window needed. No tracing. Lots of time saved! How very convenient!

birdhouse

If you would like to make this quilt along with me and don’t already have it, order Kay’s book and join in!

Leave comments to share your progress and send me your photos to include. Email me at maria at mariamichaelsdesigns.com by changing the “at” to @ and removing the spaces.

I hope to publish Step 2 soon. Watch for it! Be sure to subscribe via email or by reader and follow my progress!

Pattern Winners for May and June

Our free pattern winners are:
– May: cbenoki@…………
– June: clintschnapps@………….

    Congratulations to the winners! They can each choose from any downloadable PDF pattern on my pattern pages with one exception and that is the patterns on the Guest page as those are not mine.
    Winners can claim their free patterns by leaving a comment here and including the pattern name they have chosen.
    Winners must claim their free pattern by no later than July 15, 2009 after which they are no longer eligible.

*Note: Winners will need the free download of Adobe Acrobat Reader to print their patterns.

In the News Again – Mary Pauline Laughlin

Mary Pauline Laughlin

Mary Pauline Laughlin


Miss Pauline has appeared in our newsletter and blog twice now. The first time was as our featured quilter in 2006 and the second time was earlier this year when we revisited her.

I was very surprised and delighted to find her featured in the current Gammill Quilting Systems newsletter. Click here and scroll down a bit for a great photo of Miss Pauline and to read about her visit to Gammill – or click on the link there near the top of the page – Alliance for American Quilts recognized Quilter Visits Gammill. She is an amazing and inspirational woman!

Another Update

I am finally all caught up now and ready to add weekly or biweekly to my Quilt Scraps.

I continue to enjoy my Mac and have updated some of my software to the Mac versions as it is so much more convenient. However, since my software was several years old, the newest versions whether for Macs or PCs, had learning curves to them, so it has taken me longer than planned to catch up and get back into a regular routine.

Thank you for waiting so patiently for me to get started again!

Update

I have been enjoying my new iMac very much but am not back to getting all of my computer work done. I thought I would enjoy the fact that Macs can run Windows as well and that it would be a great savings not to have to replace all my software, as well as my computer. However, having reinstalled my software on Windows I am experiencing lots of the usual problems and have been unable to get much of anything working properly. I may yet have to give in and purchase the Mac versions for everything. Hopefully, my struggle will end soon and I’ll be able to get back to featuring quilters here and adding interesting “quilt scraps” regularly.

The Lost Quilter – by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Lost Quilter

Have you read the latest book in Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek Quilt Novels? If not, be sure to borrow it from your local library or purchase it from Amazon or your local book store.

This book is a sequel to The Runaway Quilt. If you’ve read that one, you’ll remember Joanna, the slave who tried for freedom but was caught and taken away by slave catchers. The Lost Quilter is about Joanna and what happened to her after her recapture.

It starts with Sylvia finding old letters written by Gerda Bergstrom, her ancestor, which make her wonder what happened to Joanna afterwards and if a record of her can possibly be found.

I’m not going to share any more of the background with you because this book is a page turner and you surely won’t want anything at all given away.

If you are new to Jennifer’s books, you can start with this or any of the others. They are all complete stories in themselves. If at all possible though, I highly recommend your starting with the first one and reading your way through them because they do build on one another. You’ll have hours of reading pleasure! Click here to get the series titles in the order they were published. The latest is listed first and moves downwards through the series to the first one.

If you’ve already read it, please share your thoughts here without giving the story away. If you haven’t yet, I hope you’ll come back and share once you’ve read it.

Humour – Puns

A good pun is its own reword.

Energizer bunny arrested – charged with battery.

Dijon vu – the same mustard as before.

I fired my masseuse today.
She just rubbed me the wrong way.

When two egotists met, it’s and I for an I.

A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumour.

Book Give-A-Way: Altered Surfaces by Chris Cozen

Read all about the book at the We Love Quilting blog and enjoy the rest of the blog, too!

The Great Inklingo Give-A-Way

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Deadline May 18th

If you’re new to Maria’s Quilt Scraps look in both the Book and Tool Reviews under Categories on the right.

Visit the Inklingo site right now for details and to see the wonderful prizes! Be sure to follow directions to be eligible to win the prizes you’d like best! I see several I’d love to have!