“Baby Life” Quilt Finished!

by Nicole
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It took working into the wee hours of the morning, but the Baby Life quilt is done! And with two days to spare! I may even whip up a matching pillow or some kind of accessory. What else could I make?

baby life quilt
At 42″ by 51″, the quilt is a little bit bigger than the one shown in the Moda Bakeshop pattern.

I prewashed the fabrics since two of the fabrics I ordered had a strong chemical smell. I usually don’t prewash, but may start after this! I also used the prewashed batting from my earlier experiment. I’m blown away by how soft the finished quilt is. I wish you could reach into the computer and feel the softness!

I quilted a loopy meander in the center of the quilt, with a row of double loops in the border. I was going to quilt the patchwork border with a wishbone design, but changed my mind at the last minute. I was tired and wanted to get to bed!

Now that it’s done I need to figure out a way to wrap it up. I was thinking a paper gift bag, but now I’m wondering if I should make a fabric gift bag. Maybe that could be the missing matching accessory. I do like making drawstring bags. They are so easy and quick to make.

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How about you? How do you wrap up a quilt to give as a present?

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The Slow Quilter April 12, 2013 - 1:47 pm

I would go with making a bag for it, that way they will have something to store the quilt in, and I also like the idea of the pillow case too. It is a great looking quilt and will be loved.

Geta Grama April 12, 2013 - 1:59 pm

I think a drawstring bag is the best idea- and so useful after that. Beautiful quilt.

Heidi Grohs April 12, 2013 - 2:07 pm

I have always loved this pattern! Sooo cute! What about a tote bag?

ipatchandquilt April 12, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Very beautiful quilt! I am glad you changed the lilac for the white-with-green-dots background fabric! So much better!

Kathy@KayakQuilting April 12, 2013 - 2:22 pm

This is so cute! Great colors! How did you applique the letters? I just finished a quilt that I zig-zagged (word??) around the letters. Quite tricky in some places, like the inside of the letter a. Another beautiful finish for you!

Carla April 12, 2013 - 2:24 pm

What an awesome gift! I love your fabrics. Did you machine stitch the letters down, or hand buttonhole?

Sandy April 12, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Your quilt is just delightful. What a thoughtful gift. I'd go for a drawstring bag using fabric remnants and try to use up as much fabric as possible. I don't like having leftover fabrics stashed because I want to buy the new fabrics that "talk" to me when I go into my favorite quilt shop.

Samantha April 12, 2013 - 3:10 pm

I made some of these up to go with a baby quilt once. My friend loved them! http://www.modabakeshop.com/2012/06/quilted-toy-leash.html

Tessa Marie April 12, 2013 - 4:08 pm

Super quilt! A drawstring bag is a great idea, and tie it up with a pretty bow 🙂

Lucy @ Charm About You April 12, 2013 - 4:47 pm

beautiful quilt! a drawstring bag sounds great!

Gabrielle Robles April 12, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Polka dot was definitely the way to go.
I would try out a bib or burp cloth. These sew up really quick.

Annabella April 12, 2013 - 6:26 pm

It's just gorgeous Nicole – truly.

Megan April 12, 2013 - 7:01 pm

What a lovely gift! I think a drawstring bag sounds like the perfect accessory.

Katy Cameron April 12, 2013 - 8:11 pm

It looks fabulous, and love the idea of the fabric gift bag, that's what I did with last year's Christmas pressies

amidthismoment April 12, 2013 - 10:15 pm

Your quilt turned out great! I think you made a really good choice in subbing the polka dot fabric for the lilac you originally had.


pandchintz April 12, 2013 - 10:52 pm

Yay! Well done you! It looks great. I think the idea of a bag is a good one – maybe with a paper bag bottom it could be a nappy bag (diaper bag)? Have fun and enjoy the hand over at the party!

Paige April 13, 2013 - 12:36 am

Super cute! I've always liked the simplicity of this quilt. Can't wait to hear about the mom's reaction!

Jessica April 13, 2013 - 2:31 am

So cute! I think you should make a matching "taggies" blanket to go with it. Babies love them – especially if you add something inside to make it crinkle!

Peggy April 13, 2013 - 3:58 am

Love it! Turned out really nice. I never "wrap up" my quilts to give, I just fold them nicely and hand them over!! I think a pillowcase for the mama might be nice though, and you can put the quilt into it as wrapping. Everyone loves handmade pillowcases.

Lisa Lisa April 13, 2013 - 4:18 am

Nicole! That quilt is so awesome! And the bag idea is perfect!

Jeanette April 13, 2013 - 11:11 pm

I love this pattern as well, and you made it so fast! Who needs sleep anyway?? I always prewash my fabric, and it does make it softer. And I wash and dry the quilt before I gift it, mainly because I spray baste but I love the crinkly look it gives too!

ashacpatel April 14, 2013 - 1:09 am

It turned out wonderfully, Nicole!!! I'm so glad you decided to change up the background fabric. The letters show up much better on this version. I'm making this one tomorrow so wish me luck: http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2013/01/lemon-lime-hourglass.html

After I finish my wonky log cabin blocks, of course! 😉

Debbie April 14, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Really nice and I think a fabric bag would be perfect!

CitricSugar April 15, 2013 - 5:02 am

This is so incredibly sweet! I love it. Gorgeous.

I usually just tie a ribbon around them when I give a baby quilt… For full-grown people's gifts, I find a box. 🙂

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