Thank you to everyone who chimed in on which accessories to make for the Baby Life quilt I made for one of my colleagues.
I ended up making a patchwork drawstring bag for the quilt. I used Ayumi’s tutorial for guidance, but used bigger blocks and more of them (50 compared to 32) to make the bag bigger.
It finished at 17″ by 17″ and was a perfect fit for the Baby Life quilt.
I also made a matching toy leash. Samantha over at Making Life Prettier suggested using a Moda Bakeshop pattern by Lisa of Vintage Modern Quilts. Thanks, Samantha! I made mine a bit narrower at 1.25″ wide and constructed it just a bit differently. I folded the fabric in on itself a couple of times around the batting and quilted along the edges.
I also attached this little bumble bee to the end.
A couple of you asked about the applique technique that I used on the letters of the Baby Life Quilt.
I used monofilament thread to zigzag around the raw edges. If you’re interested in learning more about applique techniques, Harriet Hargrave has an excellent book, Mastering Machine Applique. It shows step-by-step how to use different techniques. It’s a book that I refer to time and again.
I delivered the quilt to the mama-to-be at the baby shower yesterday. I’m happy to say the quilt was well received. As the mama-to-be was opening the gift, I could feel my heart pounding. Was she going to like it? What would she think? What would the other ladies at the shower think? I was “coming out” as a quilter to many of the women there so there was also the issue of revealing something personal about myself – that I am a quilter – to many of my co-workers who didn’t know that I quilt.
After the mama-to-be opened up the quilt and held it high, she and the other ladies in the room squealed in delight. That’s when my heart returned to its regular beat and I relaxed a bit.
Now that the excitement of making and giving the baby quilt is over, I’m back to tackling some of my UFOs. I hope to share a finished quilt with you soon!
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