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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Baby Hughes' baby LEXI


          In early June, I was able to start on a baby quilt at my quilt retreat.  I had decided to make some quilts using GE Designs' LEXI pattern.  One quilt was intended for a niece's second child, and I decided to use some of the same fabrics or similar fabrics that I used for the quilt for her first baby. I have a stash of 30s children's prints, and chose a palette of bright reds, yellows, blues and greens for this quilt.   I generally like to design my own quilts, but I have been enjoying making the quilts designed by Gundrun Erla.  They are not difficult, and are quite eye-catching!  
       We had an ersatz design wall set up, and I used it often to play with the color combinations.


 When I got home, the panel joined others on my own design wall! 
     When possible, I like to make my baby quilts a good size so the kids can use a nap blankets when they are bigger.   I decided to add a pieced border of the fabrics to finish this off.   I forgot to measure before I sent off to baby Hughes, but I think this is about  42 x 48.                
The quilt in the lake breeze.  Please ignore my trusty quilt holder's sock choice!
     Here is the quilt I made for Hughes' big sister, Pippa.  My blog about this quilt can be found here.  
I still had enough of the backing to use the same fabric for the backs, and I realize I used the same Kona red for the binding, too! This picture is from the Union Jack quilt, but the one for the Lexi quilt is identical! 
Welcome, Baby Hughes!  I hope the kids have fun matching fabrics in their quilts!

Take care,
Gretchen


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Ring Around the Rosie


     Two of my college friends recently had a little girl.  (These are clearly art school friends -  a baby born to any of the women I went to college with in the 1970s would be well, miraculous!) 
     I wanted to make a quilt for this little pumpkin and decided that a panel I had already made would be perfect.  I had made two similar panels, and had turned one into a bigger quilt for a toddler who joined my extended family.  My blog about that quilt is here,   For this baby, a smaller one was perfectly sized and is colorful, bold and painterly, like her mom!  I forgot to measure it (!) but I think it is about 36 inches square.
     I haven't done concentric circle quilting in a long time, but felt that worked for this project! 
     I did have a few problems with the back for some reason, but spent some quality time with my seam ripper and got it fixed! 
In the middle of repairs! 
     I love both the front and back fabrics of this quilt!  All the colors and forms are so happy!
      I had a chance to meet the baby today, and she is a total cutie!  Welcome to the world, little Anais Rosemarie!  
 
     I can't believe that summer is winding down.   I'll soon share some pictures from the Fiberart International exhibit I recently visited in Pittsburgh, PA.  Wonderful, creative works!  So glad I had the chance to visit.  

Take care,
Gretchen