Sunday, April 6, 2014

Flea Market Fancy Quilt while waiting for baby

I'm officially overdue and I can't wait to meet bubs. You know that moment when heaven meets earth and your world stands still and the pains of labour are all worth it. I'm hanging out for that moment!

In the mean time I'm keeping busy. I made this little quilt for the baby using Flea Market Fancy reprint fabric (and a couple of other Denyse Schmidt fabrics.) Not very original, but super easy and very satisfying (I cut the squares 4.5" if you're wondering.)

My husband is always very honest when appraising my quilts (which is good because when he gives a compliment I know it's real) and he told me outright that he didn't like these fabrics at all. It made me momentarily question how I felt about the quilt and I wondered about whether there was too much pink in it. I was going for gender neutral because we don't know what we're having, but I think it's ended up gender inclusive. The more I look at it the more I love it! This is definitely a keeper. 

To keep it really soft I used wool batting (which has a slightly higher loft than cotton or bamboo) and  quilted it sparingly. It has ended up very soft, and the rounded corners just add to that softness. This was the first time I've tried rounded corners, and other than using more fabric than usual making the bias binding, it was easy and I love the outcome. I used this tutorial from "a quilt is nice" for the rounded corners (although I sewed the binding to the front of the quilt and hand sewed it to the back.) I also used this video to make the bias binding.

I didn't get around to making a quilt for me to snuggle under during night time feedings (even though I have a couple of quilt tops ready to be quilted), so I splurged and bought this Daydream bamboo blanket. When Grace was born I bought a bamboo wrap from Aden and Anais, and it was the softest thing ever. Now they make an adult size blanket out of four layers of the same fabric (rayon from bamboo fibre muslin) and it is divine!

So here's me at 41 weeks ready to pop. We're celebrating kids birthdays over the next couple of days, so maybe the baby's waiting for it's own birthday. Either way, it wont be long now :)