Last night, I finished up two baby quilts. I was too excited to send them off to their recipients (newborn twins) to wait and take proper photos.
Here they are stacked and ready to give, which gives a decent view of the top quilt, but none of the bottom one. I used the same color palette for each quilt, and the same triangles, but I arranged them differently. The second quilt that you can’t see here is arranged so that the triangles form diagonal stripes. I thought it made sense for twins that their quilts should be similar but different.
Each quilt is one half the size of a full crib quilt – about 25″ x 30″. They’re the perfect size for laying on the floor for babies to roll around on – which is what I used quilts for with my babies.
I used double lines along all the seams to quilt each one. I love how the lines form stars on the back.
I used Kona cotton solids. They were pricier than the generic solids at the store, but they came in better colors. And after sewing with them and washing the quilts, I’m impressed with the fabric. It really feels amazing. The batting is cotton, so the whole finished product is wonderfully soft and cuddly feeling.
I made my own binding tape as well. I’m not calling it bias tape because it wasn’t – I just cut it straight. And I actually learned how to properly apply it last night. And, I figured out how to cheat and only iron it once down the middle. It was very exciting, because it worked out beautifully and I didn’t burn my fingers as much.
These were actually quilts number 3 and 4 this week. Yep, since Friday, I’ve made 4 quilts. First, I finished up the one for Quilts for Kids. Then I made one for myself. Then these. I’ll have photos of the other two quilts up later. They’re both still here, so I’m going to take them outside for better photos.
Aside from a quick quilt that I made out of scraps for Jacob a few months ago, this was my first real time to quilt. By the end of my quilting spree, my wrists were sore and my neck is cramped from bending over my machine. (and I’m just 31!) But I loved it. I especially loved quilting with solids that I picked out instead of scraps. The end results are much more my style than my last scrap quilt was.
(They’re actually apparently VERY much my style. I just previewed this post and realized that the quilts are the same colors as this blog. The funny thing is that I didn’t realize that before. I’m kind of in love with this color palette right now!)