Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rainbow Stripes Baby Quilt


Here's a quilt I made last week as a baby shower gift for a new friend, Ashley. It was one of those, 'It's Monday, and I need a shower gift by Thursday' kind of quilts. Seriously, fastest quilt EVER.


The inspiration for this was a picture of a quilt I pinned on Pinterest a few months ago...I don't pin much, but when I do, it generally comes in handy later on. So last Saturday, I thought about making a quilt, but after racking my brain for a super fast quilt idea, I came up with nothing! Then Monday morning, I woke up and again remembered that I would need a shower gift by Thursday. I really didn't want to go shopping...even the thought of dragging my girls to the store was stressful. So I again thought about making a quilt. All of the sudden this picture popped into my head...

Streamers Quilt --photo from Garnethill.com
How cute is that picture?? Now normally, I am not really a rainbow quilt kind of girl...I can appreciate a good multi-colored quilt, but they're not usually my first choice to make. But when I saw this picture, I changed my mind a little. I really loved the white breaking up the colored stripes. I knew it would be perfect! So anyway, I quickly went to my Pinterest board and found the picture, clicked through to garnethill.com and looked at more pictures of the quilt. An hour later I had a plan and a pile of fabrics pulled from my stash. There is not a full picture of the inspiration quilt available, but I am fairly sure the stripes run vertically up and down the quilt. I decided to do mine horizontally for ease and speed and I am really happy with how it turned out.


I cut all the strips out freehand with my rotary cutter. I tried to keep them about the same width. Once they were all cut out, I positioned them on a white piece of fabric and pinned to keep them in place. I didn't feel like doing a blanket stitch so I sewed them down using a straight stitch about 3/8" from the edge--I decided I would let the edges fray a little. Once all the strips were sewn down, I flipped it over to the back and cut off the white fabric between the 2 stitch lines of each strip so they would lay flat. This was all done easily in a few hours.


On to the quilting...this probably took the longest-- mostly because I had to sit and agonize over how to quilt it. Typical. In the end I wasn't in love with what I did, but I didn't have time to dork around with it anymore...it just needed to be done! I liked the straight line quilting from the inspiration quilt, but I couldn't do it because of the frayed edges. So I finally decided to do loops in the white sections and the goofy lines and flowers that ended up in the colored sections. Normally I don't like to wash my quilts before photographing or giving away because you can't see the quilting as well. On this one, I had to wash it so the edges would fray well, and I was glad because the quilting blended in a little more. 


I bound it in white and showed it to my 4 year old. She loves rainbows, so I thought she would love this quilt. I asked her what she thought of it and she said (sounding very unenthusiastic), "It's OK. But it's missing something." I asked her what it was missing and she said, "It needs a baby." Then later on she said, "Mom, I changed my mind, I do like that quilt...but it still needs a baby." She is such a funny girl. Then when I told her I was going to the baby shower, she said, "Does the baby like to get wet?" I laughed so hard imagining what she must have been thinking we would be doing at the baby shower!


After I had already made the quilt, I found out that the shower was a "diapers and gift cards" shower. Oops! Should have read the invite more closely. I told Ashley she could easily turn this quilt into a gift card by selling it on ebay...I don't think she's going to though. :) 

17 comments:

  1. I love this quilt! It is just gorgeous! Your quilting is fantastic too!! Will have to keep this idea in mind for a future quick quilt - yours is definitely going on my Pinterest board ;)

    Oh what new mum wouldn't love a gorgeous quilt like this one? Lucky baby! :)

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  2. Yeah you posted!! I love the quilt :-) keep 'em coming!

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  3. Great idea and it turned out so cute!

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  4. This quilt so SO cute! And way better than diapers or a gift card and it will certainly outlast both! Did you have to do a lot of clipping of threads from the fraying after the washing? That was such a great idea and the quilting is wonderful!

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  5. I'll tell you what it's missing...A PRINCESS. This quilt totally reminds me of that princess and the pea wooden stacking puzzle we had when we were little. Super cute (and you know how I love rainbow quilts!).

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  6. Great quilt. I love the colors and the shape. It does need a baby. :)

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  7. Quilters give quilts...that's what we do regardless of what an invite says;) Just sayin' ;p I think it's wonderful. You come up with great stuff;)
    Happy Quilting!!

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  8. Yes, I bet you had the princess and the pea puzzle somewhere in the back of your mind but didn't realize it. The colors are so pretty and I really like the stripe idea. Really cute quilt!!

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  9. Beautiful quilt Cynthia, I love the colors a lot! The quilting on it is really cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  10. It is beautiful but I do have a question. Won't the raw edges continue to fray after each wash?

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    1. Thanks Jenny! Good question! I don't know if it will keep fraying...I've never done this before! :) I used a short stitch length to sew the strips on and then I also quilted over the stitch lines. I'm hoping that will be enough to keep it all together! As long as it doesn't fray past the stitching lines, it should be fine, I hope! If you like this look, but don't want to take the chance of it being ruined in the wash, you could use a zigzag or blanket stitch instead of the straight stitch, and just not let it fray.

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  11. Another beautiful quilt, Cynthia! Sounds like you've had a good summer...quilting-wise that is. Hope everything else went well too. I finally am feeling settled down enough to pull out my flag quilt and finish the dang thing! Miss having you as my quilting consultant...I haven't found such a friend here.

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  12. soooo...would it be at all possible for you to make one and I could purchase it...I absolutely love it!?

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  13. lol That is such a funny story. :) What a gorgeous whip-up quilt!! I'm sure she did not mind ONE BIT that you hadn't read the diapers n cards portion before you made it for her!

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  14. This is a BEAUTIFUL quilt! My daughter wants a rainbow bedroom, but I cannot find anything I like bedding-wise that doesn't look like standard rainbow colors- i love the simple patterns and the lighter colors you used in this quilt- just beautiful! Do you have an Etsy shop or do you sell quilts?

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