Tuesday 26 March 2024

Beautiful New Baby Girl

A Sweet Baby Quilt

To honour the blessed arrival of a baby I went shopping with the mommy-to-be and she picked out all the fabrics that she loved.  (We knew it was going to be a girl). After much discussion and review of many very complicated patterns she concluded that she liked squares.  simple and clean.

Detail:  I decided to hand quilt and backed it with a soft flannel to keep the 'hand' of the quilt gentle.  Also, I have begun to really appreciate and enjoy the process of the slow stitch.  I double quilted on either side of each seam.

As I had fabric leftovers, I decided to create a matching pillow and created a bargello type of pattern. The pillow top is its own 3 layer quilt but then it has a back attached that is removable for washing.

She has arrived!  And seems to love cuddling.

I also made her a few burping/all purpose cloths out of a multilayered cloth designed for the purpose. Each one is trimmed with machine embroidery of a different pattern.

But then to coordinate with the colour scheme I felt that I needed to create a little wall hanging.  As she is a 'baby Tiger' I was inspired to create a space with many little animals that will be fun to identify, when she is a bit older.

I was inspired by this sweet placemat that I received in a lovely brunch place in Oakville, Ontario.  I am sorry that I cannot credit the designer directly, but you can see that the restaurant was called "Pur and Simple".  I always have my lens for inspiration on, because you never know when you may be struck by a colour or an image.  I found these animals so simply and elegantly illustrated, they lent themselves perfectly to applique.

Detail:  The tree branches are free motion embroidery with varigated thread

Detail:  The animals are all created with the same base white fabric and then the details are embellished with thread and fabric, beads and buttons.  And of course there is a friendly tiger resting at the base of the tree.

Detail:  the birds wings were created by making a raw edge with the fabric.

Detail:  The tree and a couple of the animals have extra batting in order to create a three dimensional effect.

Detail:  The deer also has extra batting.


This project was so much fun.  I love creating the whimsy that art for children invites. 

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