One of my husband’s cousins just had her 3rd baby girl, and while I planned on making her a quilt, I hadn’t even really thought about starting. That is, I didn’t think about starting until my mother-in-law requested I make the baby a quilt so my mother-in-law could give it. Ummm, okay.
So, here is baby Carina’s quilt, made completely by me but from my mother-in-law! Heh.
I wanted to use stash fabrics, and I kinda wanted to join the frenzy going on over at the Old Red Barn quilt-along. (Um, hello, new sewing machine as a prize!)
I searched my stash and found a stack of old Robyn Pandolph fabrics. My mom gave these to me several years ago, after she made me a shirt out of them, and I LOVED them. Robyn Pandolph’s designs make such soft and feminine-looking projects. But, after sitting on my shelf for several years, the fabrics just don’t do much of anything for me anymore. LESSON: USE that favorite fabric that you just bought NOW before you tire of it!
I must admit I like the back of this quilt better than the front:
That heart is *not* a Robyn Pandolph fabric and is in fact the quilt label. I used a fabric pen after these photos were taken to write down baby Carina’s information: date of birth, weight, length, etc. Here’s a close-up where you can see the quilting — it was a stipple with random flowers throughout to kind of match the feel of the flowers in the fabric:
I didn’t have enough to do the whole Old Red Barn quilt-along as she designed, but I went ahead and still did a rail fence, finished size 40×48. EASY. The whole quilt was done in less than 2 weeks. The part that took the longest to finish? Binding, of course. Just not my thing! The binding is scrappy (although all pinks so hard to tell) b/c I didn’t have enough fabric to do otherwise and I was determined not to buy anything.
The above picture is a better representation of the colors. I need to avoid taking pictures so early in the morning on that fence b/c the sun glare messes up my colors.
Anyway, long story short: the fabric was perfect to give away to someone, and although I’m not digging the fabrics now, I know I once did and that they should still make a pretty feminine quilt for a little baby girl!
And the best part for me? Making my mother-in-law happy, a baby and her mama happy, AND getting that fabric out of my stash! YIPPEE!
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