I saw this panel and couldn't resist. Made for a little cousin for his 1st birthday. This was my first attempt at mitering the corners because I wanted the train track to be continuous. Not perfect but good enough to make me happy. It was much easier than I thought and worked great. I just quilted simple strips in matching thread approx. 2" apart across the width of the panel and then quilted lines around the border.
Per usual I bought a LOT of this fabric and was just finishing up this quilt when our great-nephew was born in Minnesota December 17th. I thought this was a wonderful way to mark his birth in winter, Minnesota, and very boyish. I often shy away from baby quilts that are too juvenile as I daydream about baby becoming very attached and same quilt sitting on the bed of their dorm room some day. I also pieced the backing using up leftover fabric. Because of the scenery, I kind of like the way it turned out.
In 2018 one of my resolutions was to sew all my quilts that year from fabric in my stash. I was more successful than I expected and it really wasn't that hard to do. "Ella" was the last quilt pieced in 2018 and came from my stash of batiks. I had a large number of cream batik 4" squares that I had cut for another quilt and the other batiks had been collected over the past 6-8 years. The pattern called for using charm squares but I changed all the squares to 4".
This was my first panel quilt, and came as a kit. I made it for a friend of my sister in law who just had a baby. I did all the quilting myself, a combination of decorative stitches, straight line quilting, some ruler work and some free motion. I am still learning. The baby was a little quicker than the quilter, he's a month old!
My step daughter is having her first baby, a boy. Her shower/nursery theme was golf as her husband and father are avid golfers. I looked and looked for juvenile golf themed fabric or panels, the selection was very limited. I settled on scattered golf balls for the back ground and added chevron fussy cut fabric for the sashing. This idea came from the book: Stripe Quilts Made Modern by Lauren Plamer. The little golf carts (pattern on Etsy) are my first attempt at paper piecing. I had to shrink the pattern by 20% to get them to fit the 5 inch squares and then add fabric to put them on point. I was in a time crunch so only three made it on the quilt, I think it would have been better to add more little carts but time did not permit. For the quilting I just outlined the golf balls and chevrons, echoed the carts, and added some lines with rulers in the boarder. My favorite element of the quilt is the chevron binding, I think it really enhances the the quilt. I used quilters dream wool/poly batting and white minky on the back. Wool batting is my new favorite. Provides a lot of dimension and keeps the quilt soft so it drapes well.
Well, this fabric has been sitting a couple years. I made a tree skirt with the printed fabric and another complementing fabric. Stupid me didn't put enough quilting on it, as she had to wash it and it balled up. So this is a replacement for that one.. Shouldn't have any problems with it balling up. I left the blue pounce on the white to show the quilting. The cardinal fabric is on the back, she can flip to which ever side meets her mood at that time.
What do you do with a lot of half square triangles? You hand them to a pretty smart little cookie and tell him to make four patches. Then Grandma sews the four patches just like he had them planned and hands them back to the boy. He lays them out of a small classroom rug just the way he wants them. Then Grandma and boy carry the rug to the sewing room. Blocks to rows, rows to a little quilt for Baby Charlotte that lives next door. He's really proud of his work, and Grandma knows that soon enough we'll be warning him about having that lead foot (poor thing, it's in the genes).