Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Quilts for Boys

You know how I like to make baby quilts, right?  Well, my baby girl quilts are plentiful while the baby boy quilts were non-existent.  I had to fix this problem and quickly.  One of Erin's good friends was having a boy and I needed to get a quilt completed for her.  Instead of making just one, I made two quilts.  One to give to Baby A and one quilt to have for the next little guy.
Here is the one that went to Baby A at the end of January.  I found the pattern doing a search on Pinterest but guess who didn't pin the pattern.  Yep, me and now I cannot find the exact pattern. 

Baby boy quilt made with blues and reds and greens from a charm pack

You can check out a closer view of the patchwork and the quilting design.  Here is something similar to my quilt and a free download from Daisy Jane

charm pack quilt for a baby boy


How I created this quilt was to cut a the 5" squares in half, which are also known as a charm pack.  I then chain stitched them to a 2-1/2" WOF white solid.  After completing all the chain stitching, I used my rotary cutter to make the white strips 2-1/2" wide.  All that is left is stitching the 2-1/2" strips together in rows, alternating the white square to opposite sides.  These rows have another 2-1/2" strip between them and a colorful border added to complete the quilt.

 One thing I do like to do when making a baby quilt is to make sure it does not get wider than 41 inches.  Keeping this under this measurement mark keeps me from piecing the back of the quilt.  I can just buy straight yardage in a fun print for the back.  Usually I can purchase less than 1-1/2 yards for the back.  Thanks to Meredith, my local quilt shop owner for this handy tip.

Charm pack cut in half to make a staggered row quilt.


The next quilt is in my gift closet waiting for the arrival of another little baby boy.  I do have a pattern for you and it is called Storytime Squares Quilt which I did make one change.  Her pattern calls for 5-1/2" squares, I used another charm pack (5" squares).   I did have to adjust the length of the white borders.
Around the world baby quilt made with charm packs

My draping on the chair, doesn't give a clear picture of this quilt but you get the idea.

Around the world baby quilt made with charm packs


And a close-up of the quilting on this one.
Around the world baby quilt made with charm packs
You will be seeing more of this fabric in future baby boy quilts.  I had a friend give me quite a bit of it in the form of charm packs and layer cakes, which was so sweet of her.  I do think I better get busy on a couple more boy quilts, one in the closet will not be enough!
Do you have a quick quilt you like to make?  Any suggestions for a pattern for me?  
Thanks to Chrissy Crafts the here is the tutorial for the first quilt - The Zipper Quilt

The fabric is Mixed Bag by Moda

My local quilt shop has some yardage and a bit of precuts left -
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19 comments:

  1. They are both so nice!

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    1. Thanks, they were fun to make.

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  2. They are both precious Lori - such a thoughtful gift!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa, I love doing them and giving them.

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  3. These are lovely! I do hear you about boy quilts. Finding fabrics that don't have pink, flowers, and other girly motifs is quite difficult!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy, the flowers and girly fabric pulls me right in. I really have to be focused to buy the boy fabric.

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  4. Both quilts are very pretty - love how the white makes the colors pop. Do you do your own machine quilting ? I haven't mastered that & usually just stitch in ditch, but yours looks stunning

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    1. Thanks, Mary Ellen, I do not do my machine quilting, I send it to a long arm quilter. It is not too much for a small baby quilt.

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  5. These quilts are adorable! I love both patterns. Do you remember the name of the Charm Pack(s) you used? I love the colors!! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Mary Sarah, the name of the charm pack it is called Mixed bag by Moda.

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  6. Love the colors in your quilts! You got those done so quickly!

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    1. Thanks, Catherine, I usually work on the baby quilts one night a month at our local quilt shop's sewing night.

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  7. Super cute quilt! I found your blog by seeing a comment you made on Sonya's little girl dresses post on Instagram. I started out making clothes, then made a few quilts, then got busy traveling with my job, am now back to making clothes but LOVE LOVE LOVE quilts & might throw those into the mix again too. I need to get faster at making stuff though!

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    1. It is fun to mix up the clothing and the quilting. The new fun prints and colors in the quilting cottons pull me right in. And the times when I am feeling "fluffy" (LOL) I can make a quilt and not worry about fit.

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  8. Both quilts are darling.

    The first quilt looks like the Zipper Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Company - there's a tutorial on YouTube with instructions.

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    1. Thanks so much for the name, I appreciate it!

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  9. I am making one with polka dot fabrics. Are the strips 2 1/2 inch or 3 inch?

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  10. Very Nice Collection.Thnx for sharing keep up the Good work..
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