Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bestie's Baby Quilt

Today is a day of celebration!  My best friend is adopting a baby that is due any moment and today is the baby shower.  It's been a hectic few weeks planning a baby shower and finishing a baby quilt in time.  I worked diligently over the past two weeks to make sure it was all done before today.

Yesterday, my husband and I spent a day (without children) in Oxford, MS.  We walked around the town square and visited Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's home.  I took two quilts along with me and took advantage of the beautiful setting to take some great pictures.  The fact that my best friend is also a bibliophile (English teacher/library science grad student) makes this location even better.


I used a charm pack of Joel Dewberry's Notting Hill collection along with some coordinating solids to create the front.  


The quilting is pretty extensive.  I used the wonky stars to determine the directions of all the echo quilting lines.  It took more time than I anticipated to finish the quilting, but I was too far into it to change my mind once I realized it.



I used Reminisce by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics for the back.  It's a bit softer than the bold and bright colors of the front, but it brings everything together.


For the binding, I used a herringbone print from Joann's that brings out the aqua from the prints.


31 comments:

  1. What a lovely quilt for your friend. I'm sure she'll appreciate it and use it a lot when the baby arrives. I was excited to see that you used a Joel Dewberry Notting Hill charm pack. I just ordered a jelly roll from that collection yesterday (it was heavily reduced in the Fat Quarter shop 24 hour sale yesterday). I'm looking forward to exploring all the fabrics when it arrives, and can see lots of lovely ones in your quilt.

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  2. very nice selection of fabric here and a lovely quilt design you have used, I am sure this will be well loved

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  3. Gorgeous! The summer brights are so fresh and pretty - and I really like the way some of the white stars finish in the sashing.

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  4. LOVE it- and I'm sure your friend will to! Did you follow a pattern or are you just that good?

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  5. Beautiful gift for your friend. Love the Notting Hill line, and the wonky star quilting is stunning. Congratulations on such a lovely finish and what great photography to show it off! :)

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  6. Bestie is going to love that! That is probably one of my favorite patterns. Great job.

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  7. Love this! I really like that the stars are on a bit of a diagonal instead of a straight grid. And the bright colors and teal binding are so fun!

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  8. I do so love this quilt! I would sit there happily for hours and do that kind of quilting, too!

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  9. What great colours for a baby's quilt and I really love your wonky stars and the dense quilting.

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  10. Beautiful - there will be some happy baby with new family!

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  11. Bright and vibrant and lovely quilting

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  12. Very nice. The pictures are great - good locations! Love the echo quilting as well. This will be a treasured gift for sure.

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  13. Very nice. Beautiful quilt and location.

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  14. Looks good. Love the committed echo quilting :)

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  15. Beautiful quilt! It will bring joy and happiness for so many years!

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  16. It's beautiful! And I especially like the quilting.

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  17. Such a bright and happy quilt, fit for such a joyous occasion! Congratulations to your friend on the adoption.... And to you for such a beautiful finish. The quilting is exquisite!

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  18. Congrats to your friend. I love how the stars go into the outer white border, and your quilting was totally worth the extra work it took.

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  19. It has similar colours to one I have just made and the bright colours go so well with the white. You must be very happy

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  20. So pretty! I love the quilting in it and the photo backdrop is beautiful.

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  21. Very pretty quilt. I am sure it will be loved.

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  22. This is a really gorgeous baby quilt!!

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  23. What an adorable quilt!! I love the colors and the quilting.

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  24. Great quilt and love the quilting!

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  25. Wow, this is stunning. I love everything about this quilt. Notting Hill is also one of my all time favorite fabric lines. Congratulations to your friend!

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  26. I love the wonky stars. Okay, to be fair, I love all the wonky blocks, not just those that are stars. Beautiful work. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  27. The top itself was gorgeous, but this...man. It's just stunning! I wish I could see that quilting up close and in person!

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  28. Oh that quilting is divine! Perfect for the quilt. I can't stop looking at it! Beautiful. And congratulations to your friend!

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  29. Gorgeous quilt, the quilting is fantastic, your friend will love it!!

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  30. Hi! Just adorable quilt and so perfect for that Special baby! Wonderful photos, too! x Teje

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