Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


Two Baby Quilt Finishes: Elephants and Sports

IMG_2519Last week I made two baby quilts that are very different from each other.  While waiting for the sports fabric to arrive, I found this elephant fabric in my stash.

IMG_2521I rooted around and found the lavender and rick rack and lace fabrics, as well as the pink.

IMG_2523The backing fabric I pieced in is lavender with a large crocheted pattern.

IMG_2525And, in case it wasn’t sweet enough, I bound it with pink rainbow stripe.

2016-01-09 08.55.46The second quilt was for a shower for a friend’s first baby.  My information about the nursery was “navy blue and sports”, so I worked from there.  2016-01-09 08.56.06Mom is a champion softball player and Dad has played and coached lots of sports and is currently into golf, so all those made an appearance, along with the nice graphic prints.  I decided on a Disappearing Four Patch design.  First, I cut all the 5.5″ patched and sewed them into four-patches.  I really liked the quilt just like that, but the squares were awfully large and didn’t really look very crafted or intentional.  Still, the prints were very busy, so I decided to only “disappear” half of them.  I really like the result.

2016-01-09 08.56.29And I love the sporty sock monkeys on the backing.

2016-01-09 08.55.55I quilted it with a variegated navy and white thread.  I’m not sure if I really like it, but it’s okay.  I think the thread would look better in a stipple.

2016-01-09 08.58.05I was also pleased by how the quilt matched many of the other items they received at the shower.  I know it will be used.

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So, those are my two latest finishes.  The sports quilt has gone home with the parents, and the pink elephants will be in my Etsy shop.

Hope you all are finishing things!


Boxes of Elephants is Finished

2015-10-04 09.04.53This fun little quilt was commissioned, based on a quilt I made in January.  It makes up very quickly and is super simple sewing.

2015-10-04 09.05.34I can no longer find the original elephant fabric to purchase, so we agreed on this one, in which the light and dark is reversed (cuter print, too, I think!).  That necessitated a little redesign so the colors would look good together.  The elephant print is on home dec fabric, so it makes an interesting combination of textures with the soft Konas and prints.

2015-10-04 09.05.03I quilted this entirely with the walking foot.  I first stitched in the ditch between all the blocks with silver Bottom Line on top and a teal Masterpiece (because I didn’t have teal BL) on the bottom.  Then I switched to a variegated Coats and Clarks that I used to sew a serpentine stitch along all the seam lines, crossing through the plain blocks.  I finished with nine inches of thread left from that spool!

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I used a few inches of large-scale chevrons for the binding.  This quilt is now winging it’s way to Texas.

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I’m linking up to Michelle’s Let’s Make Baby Quilts.

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