Wednesday, October 28, 2015

He's here!

Our new grandson has arrived! He was born yesterday afternoon. He's 20 3/4 inches long, weighs 7 pounds 12 ounces (same as his daddy did) and is cute, cute, cute. What I can't tell you is his name. I wouldn't anyway to protect his privacy, but he doesn't have a name yet. His parents are waiting to get to know him a bit before they pin one on him. We've been spending lots of time holding and admiring him. We are over the moon!

So now I can finally show you what I made for him. Get ready for a long post. I have a pent up need to share after keeping this a secret for so long. (And no, I did not write this all today. I actually pre-planned a post. Hurray for me.)

My inspiration came from Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl. Yup, I shamelessly copied. She made this quilt for a baby awhile back. I was really struck by the crisp color and design. The pattern is Diamonds in the Deep by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts). There was more inspiration for the back, but I'll get to that in a minute.



I added a block to the width of the baby size to make the quilt square. My fabrics are Kona cottons in Prussian, White, Lagoon and Breakers. The dark blue matches the carpet in Baby's room. At the time I started the quilt I wasn't quite sure what color the room was going to be, but my daughter-in-law thought it would be a bluish green. (She had paint left over from another project.) It turned out that the paint color had a bit more yellow in it, so I included that in the quilt backing. I found a stripe on sale (I'm sorry, I can't remember what it is and can't find any printed selvage. I must have thrown it out--please don't tell any selvage savers. I also did an online image search, but the fabric didn't show up.) I also added in some greens from my stash. 

Speaking of the back, I got all caught up in everyone's Dog Gone Cute Quilt Along mania from Lorna at Sew Fresh QuiltsSince Baby will have a buddy, Samson, I just knew I had to include Samson in the quilt. So he got his own block on the back. 




Did I mention I put a Dog Gone Cute block on the back?


Even closer!!
I used Lorna's pattern, but I wanted it to look a little more like Samson, who has a longish snout. So I did kind of a mash up of several blocks to get the ears and head style I wanted, added a little to the length of the block, and changed the nose just a bit. (His nose wrinkled a bit after washing, but that's okay. He's a crazy dog.) I think it's still unmistakably Lorna's pattern, though. It was so fun to make. There is also a cat, Harvey, in the family, but he doesn't much care for Samson. In fact, he's downright mean to him, so I left him out. (Sorry Harvey. If you make nice, maybe you'll get to be on the next quilt.)

More pictures, because I can't stop sharing:







Wrinkly goodness


As close to a label as I get these days
Here are some other details. The quilt was about 52 by 52 inches before washing and 49 by 49 after washing. The batting is Warm and Natural, which I had on hand. The quilting thread is Superior King Tut in Mint Julep. I bound the quilt in Kona cotton Prussian using this technique. I still prefer hand stitching to the back, but this quilt will get washed a lot, so machine stitching it was. I used the Mint Julep thread to sew it because I thought that fit in well with the quilting in the body. (Never mind that I didn't have any thread to match the dark blue.) I pieced the quilt on my Singer Featherweight and quilted it on my Singer 115 treadle. It's is a little stiffer than I'd like, but I know it will wear well and get softer with use and more washings. 

Whenever I make a quilt, I like to note how things went and what I might do differently in the future. So here are my notes on this quilt:

--I did have a minor crisis while quilting--you can read about it and how I solved my problem here). Here's a close up of the area  (See that narrower stripe to the left of the horizontal stripes?: 




It turned out okay, but I certainly learned to double check my pin basting and to pay attention to what's going on on the back as I go. Also, I might think twice about using a strong stripe in a backing because any distortion really shows. 

--I don't often follow patterns from other quilt makers to make quilts that have blocks in them (I usually draft my own patterns from looking at a picture of a block), so this was an interesting experience for me. The instructions said to make the blocks with a scant quarter inch seam and then trim to the correct size after the blocks were finished. That made me nervous because I wasn't sure if my scant was the same scant the designer had in mind. My first set of blocks were barely the right size, and then I had to trim quite a bit from the remaining blocks. Maybe I overcompensated? If I make this pattern again, I'll probably figure out what the dimensions of each round should be on each block so I have a better idea of how I'm doing as I sew them. (Perfectionist tendency showing, you think?)  

--I need to work a bit on my squaring up when the quilting is done. Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, put up these tips the day after I squared my quilt, and those will help next time.

--Working with a strong blue and white was a little scary. But I had no trouble with bleeding or crocking when I washed and dried the quilt. This makes me really confident about using Kona colors. 

--Meandering is still my favorite FMQ for getting a quilt quilted quickly! And baby or throw size quilts (or smaller) are definitely a good fit for me. I've been bogged down on working on a large quilt for awhile now. I just don't like spending time isolated at my machine for hours (and days) on end. Either I need to move my treadle (not going to happen) or keep working smaller so I can get a quilt finished with just a few little sessions. 

I haven't had a chance to get a picture of Baby on his quilt yet. (They keep babies really busy in the hospital what with needle pokes, hearing tests and the like.) But soon I'll try to get one that respects his privacy. 

I'm linking up this week with Sew Fresh Quilts (Let's Bee Social), Crazy Mom Quilts (Finish It Up Friday), Confessions of a Fabric Addict (Can I Get a Whoop Whoop), Faith and Fabric Design (TGIFF) and Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing (Free Motion Mavericks). Buttons are on the right. Also, finally putting that Dog Gone Cute button up because I can without anyone wondering why.
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25 comments:

Camilla said...

Congratulations to the new grandma for the new grandson and the beautiful quilt! I was so pleased to see this as I was the first purchaser of this pattern from Kirsty-not that I've made it yet! It looks great-perfect even! I love your colour choices and I know Kona can be trusted not to bleed, even in the strongest colours. The back is so good and really personalises the quilt-an all round success. What a lucky boy to have you both!

Lorna McMahon said...

Awww! So cute! Love that Diamonds in the Deep design and you chose such lovely colours to work in this pattern. Your doggie block looks fabulous, Janine. So glad to see Samson on the back!

Valerie Reynolds said...

Oh lucky me....I get to be the first in blogland to congratulate your Grandma!!!!! His quilt is adorable and will be well used I'm sure!!! ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!! (PS I like the idea of sewing in your signature!)

Rosa said...

Congratulations to the new grandma.The quilt is just stunning and love everything about it.Great job!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Visiting from Whoop Whoop Friday. Wonderful quilt!

Linda Wulf Koenig said...

The quilt is gorgeous, so richly colored, and I love that you thought to include the family pet on the back. CONGRATULATIONS on your new grandson!! I know how you feel; my first grandchild was born last March. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Gwyned Trefethen said...

Next post baby boy snuggling with Sampson on the quilt? What a fortunate fellow to have such a doting grandmother. Fabulous pattern and color choice for a baby quilt.

SuperMomNoCape said...

Your quilt turned out beautiful and I'm sure that it will get lots of love from your new grandson. Congratulations!!

I like that you customized the dog block. I did that too for the dog that I was modeling mine after by mixing and matching from the different blocks in the quilt along.

SewPsyched! said...

What a spectacular quilt!! Congratulations on your grandson!! Woo!!

Sandra Walker said...

Well congrats officially now, and wow do I love the quilt you made! I looked and looked and looked, went back and reread the post about your backing slippage and fix, and looked some more...FINALLY figured out what stripe is thinner! Good grief, you did a splendid job! This is really a cool pattern and the colours you did are terrific. I love the backing too and Samson!! Ha, can totally relate to mean Harvey: Bella is horrible to poor Rocco. Man I have to make one of Lorna's blocks soon!! Great work and thank you for all the pics; I loved looking at every one.

Lynette said...

A grandson!! Woohoo!!! :) Congratulations to your family. And this quilt is so wonderful on both sides, Janine. I love its story. And I like the way you take notes about your experiences with making your quilts.

Gemini Jen NZ said...

Congratulations everyone! A new arrival is always cause for celebration and your quilt is gorgeous! I definitely have this pattern on my to-do list and I love what you did with the dog on the backing!

Renee said...

What a fun quilt! Love both the front and the back.

Kat said...

Love love love this design! So fun and modern and the colors are so soothing. Love the pieced back too, too cute!

LA Paylor said...

oooo you made this quilt unique. The dog on the back, aweeee. Congrats on the new family member. Maybe he'll even grow up to quilt! LeeAnna

Karen @runsewfun said...

I love two sided quilts! I also love that you adjusted the Dog Gone Cute block to match your Samson. But most of all....congratulations on your grandson!

Jak and Will by Stephanie said...

Looks great!

Kaja said...

Catching up with my blog following after a week away, I see I have missed your exciting news. Congratulations!!!! You must be so excited. I love this quilt - the front is so crisp and graphic and will still be suitable when he is no longer a baby, and the back is as nice as the front. What a lovely touch too, to include Samson.

Crafty Tokyo Mama said...

Hey, JanineMarie! Stopping by from the Dog Gone Cute linky to say hi, and congratulations, and how much I love your quilt! The colors, the design, and that custom Samson on the back. What a precious gift for your grandson. I do my quilt "labels" this way now too. So quick and easy!
Congratulations and best wishes from Just Janine in Kyoto.

KaHolly said...

It's a stunner!

Heidi said...

Well done, a beautiful finish, and congratulations too!

legato1958 said...

What a gorgeous gift for your grandson! I love the colors and design, and really love that you incorporated the family pup into the back of the quilt! I love "interesting" backs, and yours is so fun and bold! Congratulations!
Susie

Muv said...

Congratulations JanineMarie! The quilt is beautiful, I love everything about it, and it is such a wonderful welcome for your new grandson. I hope Mum and Baby are doing well.

Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

Love, Muv

Lara B. said...

Janine this baby quilt is so great! I had admired the pattern too when Yvonne did it. I love your special touches - especially Samson on the back. Your colors are awesome. I cannot even see where the quilting crisis struck. Congratulations on a new little grandson to LOVE!

Susan Lynn said...

That adorable extended snout is way too cute! Ultra cool modern look...just brilliant!