Monday, November 3, 2008

Patchwork Baby Blanket

A while ago I was commissioned to make a quilt for a friend of a friend who is having a baby in December. I'm toying with the idea of pursuing a little business of my own on the side, so I jumped at the chance to work with her to provide the quilt she was hoping for.

We chose the quilt pattern from Amy Butler's new book Little Stitches for Little Ones, since she wanted it to have a high loft and not be too heavily quilted. She also wanted the quilt to be larger than a traditional crib quilt, so I adjusted the pattern to increased the size. Because the baby's gender is a surprise, we picked out neutral fabrics that I think will work just fine for a boy or a girl.

While I've mentioned before that I don't enjoy the quilting part of quilting, finishing a quilt always feels remarkable. I think for me, the thrill of completion sends quilting stimulants racing through my veins, compelling me to start up another one. It's like a drug, I tell you!

21 comments:

Melissa said...

I know I've already said this, but I LOVE this quilt. I think Samara chose the perfect person to create a unique piece for her little one to snuggle up in. You do beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL work, and I'm so inspired by your creativity. I'll be the first in line at your shop - virtual or otherwise - on opening day! Have you considered offering lessons??

Amy and Andrew said...

Looks fabulous as always!

Amy said...

It looks beautiful!

It's so true - the finishing makes you want to start more. It must be some adrenaline kind of rush...

affectioknit said...

It's lovely!

The Lindahl News said...

Oooooh...this is for Samara? She and the little one will LOVE it!

In other related news, did you know that Mary Engelbreit's HOME COMPANION magazine for December features the home of Amy Butler and her husband? It's gorgeous with green and aqua accents.

Linnea (Johnson) Bergstrom said...

I love the fabric. Looks like a good one he or she can grow up with.

Libby said...

Start another one! ;-) Love the colors, I'm sure it will be a hit...

Alissa said...

I couldn't agree more! Quilting makes you see the whole thing come together and want to start the process all over again!

Stephanie said...

Just stopped by from Flickr to say I love the quilt!

mrmonkeysuit said...

Beautiful. I love the colors!

Baba said...

Great Job! Love the beautiful greens!

Ann-Marie said...

Gorgeous work, as always, and how sweet you are to take on such a large project for a friend of a friend. S and baby will be so cozy and warm this winter after s/he arrives.

PS--May I add your blog to my list of co-bloggers on my site?

simplicity said...

I love the blanket Sarah, it's absolutely gorgeous and perfectly what I had in mind. I can't wait to put it to use with our newest addition!

Samantha said...

Hi Sarah! How r u? This quilt is fantastic! My fiance's sister is due in January (7 days before our wedding!) and I want to make her a baby quilt. Thanks for sharing your great work! Sam xoxox

Always Inspire said...

Wow! That's gorgeous! Great job, yet again!

Julie

Amylouwho said...

I love it!!! AB comes through again. and again, and again. Maybe we should vote for her for President. She definitely could brighten up the place!

Jessica said...

That quilt turned out absolutely beautiful!

Miss Behave said...

Love the quilt! And count me in to the "do I really have to quilt the quilt" community. I wish I could send them off, but I couldn't find a place in Germany which does the quilting for you. Well maybe I grow to love it someday

Always Inspire said...

Perusing your gorgeous quilts! I have a question, do you like this Amy Butler book? I have In Stitches, and loved it, so I'm thinking of getting this one too.
Julie

Sarah said...

Julie,
I think that this is a great book. there are a few projects that I'm not interested in, but that's just cause I don't have any kids right now...if I did, I bet I'd want to try everything in it! I say it's a good purchase!

Always Inspire said...

Thanks Sarah! I ended up ordering it today (they were sold out at Chapters), can't wait to get my hands on it!!!
Cheers!
Julie