For Christmas, Casey received a new sewing machine from Santa. (Santa didn’t place an order early enough with American Girl for some other items.) She immediately wanted to start sewing something on it so I pulled out some pink scraps and we started working on an improv scrap quilt. She sewed a few pieces together and then I did a little work on it while she was in school. It’s still a work in progress. But, it sparked some inspiration for me.
As we were working I realized that I seem to have more pink scraps than any other color. I decided it was time to make a patchwork quilt with all those pretty pink pieces and some gray. I chopped up all the pink that I could turn into 5×5 squares, added a few more pinks from the regular stash and started piecing. It turned out to be a nice sized baby quilt at 40.5″ by 54″. I quilted it with straight lines on both sides of the seams, vertically and horizontally.
I love seeing all the pieces in this quilt from other projects I have made, especially the scraps of Out to Sea with the anchors, mermaids and little ship wheels.
I was stumped on what to use on the back until the I realized I had these 3 beautiful fabrics of about a half yard each from a coordinating line. Sew them together and the back becomes a quilt on its own! I love that I could finally use these fabrics because I’ve been a little stumped on what to make with them for a few years. The binding is a simple gray solid.
This quilt is the second addition to my Etsy shop! Pink & Gray Quilt
I created this quilt using extra fabric I had on hand from making a baby quilt for my niece last year. My sister asked for coral and aqua colors with some grey. In this quilt I added a few more neutral grays and beiges. I love the simplicity of the rectangles and how the coral and aqua combine with the neutrals for a modern look.
For the backing, I used a Riley Blake fabric with cute little animals on it called Woodland Tails. And, I finally added a label to a quilt! I wrote my own label with a permanent pen and whipstitched it onto the back. I quilted the fabric with vertical straight lines about an inch apart. It’s probably some of the most dense quilting I have done and I love how crinkly and cozy it immediately looked when it came out of the dryer.
I headed to the nearest park on my bike one afternoon to take photos. This is the first quilt I’ve taken pictures of in Florida. I took a few pictures of the quilt by climbing on top of some playground equipment and leaning over as far as I could to try to get a square picture. It looked good on the preview but when I tried to rotate it in my editor, it was clear that I didn’t quite get it square. I’m sure the park attendant enjoyed my antics though.
This is my first listing in my Etsy shop! I’ve been planning to do this for about a year…and I dragged out the making of this quilt for about that long. But I finally bit the bullet and opened a shop. Of course Etsy recommended that I have put 10 items in my shop, but this was all I had. (I’ve since added a couple more and I’m working to finish even more.)