Tuesday, June 14, 2016

hexagon baby quilt pattern and specifications

Here are some pattern details for this diamond baby quilt.
Finish size: approx 33" x 48 inches

To make this quilt, I used an equilateral triangle quilt ruler and cut out half hexagon shapes from 3 1/4" strips of fabric. I used 28 strips of fabric in total, and used around 22-24 different fabrics for this quilt.

To construct this quilt I used:
- 50 full hexagons (100 half hexagons cut)
- 8 half hexagons for the left and right sides (cut from scraps)
- 10  half hexagons for the top and bottom (20 pieces total, cut from scraps)

To sew this together, I laid the entire thing out on my dining room table. I'm sure there's an easier way, but I didn't plan well, and ended up drawing a 1/4" seam line on each angled piece of each half hexagon (the top and bottom, if you're looking at the quilt the way it's displayed above), and used these  pencil markings to line up the pieces accurately. Otherwise, the half hexagons didn't line up accurately along the left and right sides. 

Once the top was sewn together, I used the same tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts that I used to finish my neutral diamond baby quilt.

Monday, June 13, 2016

baby girl hexagon quilt finish

Another baby quilt -- finished, gifted, and loved. :) 

I made this hexagon baby quilt for a co-worker who is expecting her first baby (a girl! any day now -- she was born today, the day of this post!). I tried to use as little pink as possible as I knew she wasn't a girly-girl pink fan, and during construction of this quilt heard she was painting the baby's room light apple green -- and was able to throw in some green, which I think fit in quite nicely. :)

I used my equilateral triangle quilt ruler to cut half hexagons for this quilt, then sewed them into columns, and sewed the columns together to make the quilt. I used spray starch for this quilt (something I lamented not having or using for the other baby quilt I made this spring), and it really did make sewing these bias-cut pieces so much easier and neater. 

I didn't worry about fussy-cutting any fabrics, excepting for this sweet print. :)

It crinkled nicely after washing and drying! It felt so lovely I nearly didn't want to part with it. :)

This organic molecule print was such a perfect find... the only choice, really, for the quilt from a scientist to a fellow scientist. :)

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Diamonds baby quilt: pattern and specifications

Here are some pattern details for this diamond baby quilt.
Finish size: approx 36" x 50 inches

I used an equilateral triangle ruler to cut triangles from fabric.

For this quilt, I used:
-72 full triangles
- 8 half triangles (for the top and bottom rows of partial diamonds)
- 12 quarter triangles (for the left and right side partial diamonds)

Triangles were cut from 6.5 inch strips of fabric -- I used about 32 different fabrics for this quilt, so almost every full diamond was unique. If you cut this many fabrics up, and cut diamonds from them all, you'll have enough pieces left over to make a full size quilt or about three more baby quilts!

I laid the entire quilt out on my dining room table, and started sewing the triangles together in rows, and then the rows together.

To finish this quilt, I followed Red Pepper Quilt's binding-free tutorial. I thought it was a great way to finish up a simple baby quilt!

If you are going to attempt a quilt like this I recommend using SPRAY STARCH! I use Faultless Premium starch -- it is inexpensive and smells fresh and clean.

I may try this tutorial by Molly Flanders on a different way to sew equilateral triangles together, when I use up my three-quilts' worth of scraps!

Monday, June 06, 2016

neutral diamonds baby quilt finish

It's done! And gifted! And, I believe, loved. :)

I made this diamond baby quilt for my co-worker Sarah who is expecting  her first baby later this summer. After nearly spoiling the surprise one Friday afternoon when she asked, "what are you doing this weekend?" -- when my only plans were to finish this quilt (plus another quilt for our other expectant co-worker), I stuttered, and stammered and my jaw hung open as I tried very hard not to blurt out "finishing baby quilts!". 

I learned a LOT of lessons while making this quilt. Primarily, that spray starch would have been useful, and triangle pieces need to be cut and sewn VERY exactly. 

This washed up with a bit of crinkle that was so lovely, I might have fondled this for a good day before gifting. 

When I was nearly finished this baby quilt, I found out that Sarah had decided to paint the baby's room grey.. and her mom was making a quilt in grey, mint, and aqua! Fortunately, we both agree that this quilt will fit right in with her plans.

I was super thrilled when my mom tracked down this organic molecule fabric -- what could be better for the baby of scientists, than a science-backed quilt? :)

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

her most prized crayons

held tight and close,
the gift of colour and line.
a new world is here,
and she will keep it.