Thursday, January 15, 2009

First Quilt for 2009 – Mother Goose

I have been dying to show off this quilt.  It is for my friend who is having a baby girl and we finally had a shower for her today, so I can finally show all of you.  It is seriously one of my favorites!  I love it so much.  I actually finished the top back in November of last year, but technically I finished quilting it and did the binding on January 2, so I’m counting it for this year. 

I used a machine that does embroidery (a machine that was donated to the quilting guild by my fabulous aunt) to do all of these nursery rhyme blocks.  I embroidered a different nursery rhyme on a 6x6 inch block and then blocked them with a three inch sashing.  All the fabric is from Joann’s.  It is the Heidi Grace line of A Bird’s Tale.

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It was very difficult to photograph, so I took a shot of the top half and the bottom half.  The top has these blocks: Jack and Jill went up a hill, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Old lady who lived in a shoe, kid who pulled out a plum on this thumb (I don’t remember this nursery rhyme at all), Mother Goose ( I know this isn’t a rhyme but she had to be on the quilt somewhere), and three blind mice.

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And the bottom has these blocks:  three little kittens, the cow jumped over the moon, Mary had a little lamb, Humpty Dumpty, little Miss Muffett, and Jack be nimble.

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This is one of my favorite blocks.  Isn’t that the happiest cow you have ever seen?

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I really struggled with the quilting on this one because of the fabric.  I tried to use a green thread but it matched so perfectly that I couldn’t see where I was going or where I had already been.  So I switched to a white thread.  That was still difficult but I managed okay.  The best part is that since it blends in so well with the fabric you can’t see any of the mistakes.  I did a border around each block of straight lines and the did a stippling throughout the rest.  I did a pink fabric (from the same line) for the binding.  Dustin says that is his favorite part.   I kinda like it too.  The backing is the diagonal print. 

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I even made a tag for this one.  I hand embroidered this!  I think I am getting better.  This is after I washed the quilt so it is full of crinkle goodness.

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I had some left over fabric from the backing, so I made her a matching bib and burp cloth.  Both are backed with a pink flannel.

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I JUST LOVE IT!!   It is so cute, right?

17 comments:

Britten said...

I love love love it! You are amazing.

Mamaw said...

So cute. Nice to see it all finished. Can't wait to see a baby in it, Britten.

Christina said...

That quilt is amazing!! That's some serious sewing talent there.

Do you think the bib is easy enough for a beginner to try?

Me the Mom said...

It is absolutely adorable! I hope someday this rubs off on me ;)

Teresa p said...

Lovely! I adore that diagonal fabric.

jacquie said...

congrats!!! i'll bet this is spectacular in person!!!

Lesalicious said...

How cute is that I wouldn't even want to use that. You did great job. Cami as always. You going to make me give quilting a try one day.:)

Rebekah said...

this is so adorable! What a perfect baby quilt. You are so lucky to have access to an embroidery machine!

Anonymous said...

WOW that about covers it all. I am amazed at all the things you get done... Can you write a book about how you manage to get everthing done and still hold down a full time job... I would appreciate your help. This quilt is so cute I don't think I could part with it... or it would have to go to someone in the family so I could still see it from time to time. Great work Cami.

CW

Brenda said...

Holy Crap! There is no way I'd be giving that away! It is gorgeous and looks like it was a lot of work! Did I ever tell you I'm pregnant ;)? Do you have a pattern for the baby bib - both Taryn and Jessica are pregnant too and I'd like to make some for them. Also, I like the type of quilting you did on this - with a machine right? How do you do it?
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Kerri said...

what a sweet baby quilt!! sooo cute!!!

Amy said...

Cute is an understatement! It's fantastic!

Brittnee Ann said...

That is so adorable! You are such a good friend!! When you told me a little about your nursery rhyming quilt I didn't imagine it to be that cute-good job!

Debbi-a1 said...

Beautiful quilt! You did a GREAT job.

Tif said...

You did a wonderful job! Each of the embroideries are so precious...that quilt will be loved for sure!

Bugzmommy said...

Beautiful quilt!!! I am hoping to get into that art this year too.
Thanks for your comment regarding our Christmas card pictures!

Carolyn said...

Great work! I love the fabric that you used for the backing and to make the bib/burp cloth!