Thursday, January 01, 2009

a quilt for adelaide

bedside by you.

It took me almost two years, this quilt that I began for Adelaide when she was just born. To make it, I pieced all of the little turquoise blue, tomato red, and natural muslin 2" squares by machine. Then I quilted it all entirely by hand. But once all of the tiny stitched quilting was done, it sat folded in my workroom for months while I procrastinated daily about squaring and binding it.

I really wanted to double-fold bind it, but I have never done it before and to me it seemed more difficult than it actually is. I kept looking over varying tutorials in books and online again and again. I am the type of person that learns by seeing and doing, so I kept putting it off. But 3 days before christmas I sat up in bed one night and knew that I wanted to finish it for Addie for her christmas present. And I decided to stay up late each night to try and have it ready in time.

So I googled double fold binding and cross-referenced several website tutorials. I have found that when I am trying to learn a new skill and I don't have someone to teach me it in person, cross-referencing several sources helps me out emmensely. I was going to use plain muslin for the binding, but I remember reading long ago that if you're going to spend all that time working on binding a quilt, it's nice to have a pretty pattern to look at. So I used a sweet blue and red print instead, and I am so glad that I did!

a quilt for adelaide by you.

For the label I used printable fabric sheets. I designed it up in Illustrator, and printed it out on my desktop printer. I then hand-washed and ironed it, and sewed it right sides together with interfacing. The I trimmed the corners and flipped it rightside out, and blindstiched it to the back bottom corner of the quilt. The typeface I used is called Neutraface.

I always like to use flannel on the backsides of my quilts, something that my grandma always did... it just makes them so warm and cozy. Rather than buying flannel in yardage, I usually visit a clearance store such as Winners and buy a good-quality flat flannel bedsheet. This way I never have to sew two pieces together for them to be wide enough for my quilts. It works perfectly!

elliot's quilt by you.

So I finished the quilt just in time for Adelaide's second ever christmas, and she really adores it. But Elliot loves it even more, and we have a difficult time sometimes when we want to cuddle up in the quilt - he won't ever get off of it!

adelaide's room by you.

p.s. I forgot to mention that I have several red and blue squares left over from this project. If you would like to have them, please contact me with your mailing information and I will send them to you.  They have now found a home, thankyou Erica!

52 comments:

Erica Mateo said...

Congratulations Sharilyn!! I would love to be able to create something like that some day when it's my turn.

Wish you all the best for the New Year!

PS. Love your blog!

Jersey Girl in DC said...

Wow! What an amazing job - you should be so proud of yourself! I've been wanting to learn how to quilt for some time now. I feel the same way about needing to learn hands-on by someone teaching me in person and so I've put it off. I have some old fishing shirts from my Grandpop that I've wanted to turn into pieces for a quilt to remember him by. I really love the pattern of this one that you've made.

christine said...

i love it! i'm also eyeing the banner that's hung in the window. your daughter is one lucky girl~

Melissa said...

When you posted a pic of this quilt in progress a while back, you inspired me to begin one for my little girl. Hers is all red. I am almost done piecing the top of it together. I will send you a picture once I finish it. I LOVE the personal note on the back--what a treasure! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Wendy said...

incredibly beautiful! thanks so much for sharing bits and pieces of the process. and i'm the same way with learning new things by seeing and doing and often cross-reference several sources as well. the binding looks beautiful - now you have me convinced that that's the way to go for my next quilt!

Kate said...

That quilt makes me happy. Thank you.

I wish I could sew. My daughter loved the quilt that my mother's friend made for her when she was a baby, but it's too small to cover her now. I'd love to have another one for her, but I'm clueless. I need to find a quilt for hire service! :)

unha said...

such a special gift..
she will cherish forever..
the room is beautiful.
she's moving onto a big bed already? wow..

alexandra said...

I always love the way you combine colours and this quilt is no exception - simply lovely! And I adore the sentiment you attached with the printable fabric - it makes it even more of a treasure.

I would be thrilled to get a few of your left over squares if they're not all spoken for already.
Thanks so much!
Alexandra

karyn said...

congratulations on finishing that beautiful quilt! i know exactly what it's like to want a quilt to be just perfect. i have a quilt i've been 'working' on for a few years that i hope to finish in 2009. happy new year.

Dotty said...

The quilt looks lovely. Don't give the leftovers away. You should make Elliot his own little mat to sit on. I have a cat who loves quilts and I make him little quilts with my leftovers.

Glad to see that you figured out the double french fold binding. It's too bad that there isn't a quilt store in Burnaby anymore where you could get help.

Di said...

The quilt is fabulous! I can see why Adelaide loves it!! Who wouldn't love something that was so clearly made with love flowing into each tiny stitch!!

leslie said...

my gosh. it's wonderful. the perfect gift. and keepsake for your little one. and hand quilting it. you must be full of patience. amazing.

Kelly said...

It's beautiful, and the binding is gorgeous. What a treasure for your daughter.

I would be interested in some left over quilt bits. In fact, if you like, I have a bunch left over from the quilt I made my niece from Christmas, so I'd be happy to exchange. You can check it out here:
http://distractedbysomethingshiny.blogspot.com/2008/12/making-progress.html

I took my inspiration from you. :)

Kelly

lauren said...

your quilt for adelaide is just beautiful...the colors are divine! the tag you made is the perfect little touch.
congrats on finishing it up. it was well worth all of your hard work! :)
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Ransacked Goods said...

It's a beauty. She's going to love growing up with that.

kim said...

Gorgeous!

TrippleJN said...

Congratulations on finishing your beautiful, sweet, heartfelt Christmas present to your daughter. It is just lovely, and a real accomplishment.

I have quilting books by my bedside and a resolution for this year is to learn to sew and quilt.

I think I share your learning style.

Jenny

Hayden said...

You make such pretty quilts - and looking at your blog is such a nice time in my day.
Thank you!!

amandajean said...

i love love LOVE this quilt! it's gorgeous. and so very fantastic!!!

Marina said...

oh, masterpiece!

Margaret Mayer said...

Not only is this a beautiful quilt, but what got me was the personal sewn tag--amazing! I love your site and linked you on mine. Happy New Year!

Alissa Nicolau said...

Wonderful!

Well done on completing the quilt and learning a new skill at the same time. You are an inspiration to us all. Adelaide is one very lucky little girl to have so much love and beauty in her life.

Happy New Year to you and Charles!

Happy making in 2009!

Love, Alissa

Joanna said...

A beautiful gift to treasure, I especially love the label you have made

cindy : quaint said...

such a special gift and i love the label, too.

Lori said...

i love it.

Stacy said...

So beautiful.

Chubby Mummy said...

Your daughters room is so pretty. Well done on finishing the quilt.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous quilt!

Zarina said...

I came across your blog via AmandaJean and gone through your previous journals. I really enjoy reading/looking at the photos and reminds me of my young nephew/nieces.

Zarina said...

I came across your blog via AmandaJean and gone through your previous journals. I really enjoy reading/looking at the photos and reminds me of my young nephew/nieces.

Melissa of {craftgasm} said...

I just love it! The colors are ones I've been enjoying lately, and I like the story behind it.

I've been collecting bits and pieces here and there for a scrapped quilt, but my sewing machine's been on the fritz (the bobbin keeps tangling the top thread) and I haven't had it fixed yet. Oy. This is good motivation to get going - that and some of the quilts that were going to be "Welcome to the World" ones are now going to be "Happy First Birthday" ones at this rate.

I think I like the idea of quilting because it lets me put unrelated-but-pretty items together -- which is why I got into paper crafting in the first place. Plus, I love finding gorgeous uses for leftover bits that would otherwise end up in a trash heap.

Diana said...

Go you getting it done! I need to work on finishing projects this year...i have so many darned WIPs. I love the red and turquoise combo and it looks great with all the natural white. Cool tip about getting a flannel sheet...I've only made one quilt for a baby and have long wondered how people got pieces big enough for the backing of regular-sized quilts. :)

Heather said...

This quilt is adorable. Love the idea of using the flannel sheets. Hopefully I can remember that. :D

Very Cute!!

em said...

wow, that quilt is so lovely! love the simplicity of design, but all the little details, too.

Casey said...

it's gorgeous! how many squares did you end up using?

knitsational said...

This turned out so lovely! I really like the tag.

Glassford Hill Girl said...

It's so lovely!

tiel said...

it is truly beautiful. you should be proud. I have saved scraps of fabrics from the clothes that my mum has made for the children since they were born. {she smocks} I'm always so sad to see them grow out of their clothes. So I intend {one day} to make a memory quilt in this same style that you have. mostly white, but using the scraps as the small squares.

I was taught to bind using a scrap/practice piece. It took me about 4 quilts {over a space of time too} to get my head around binding. esp cutting on the angle part and joining the strips. I always would refer to my practice piece to jog my memory, notes didn't do it.

Now I LOVE the binding part as much as the designing part. I find it soothing and rewarding.

amber said...

the quilt is gorgeous!! glad you were able to finish it in time for christmas.

i haven' seen the printable fabric sheets before, but it's awesome! looking forward to using it in the future.

a's room is adorable & you are way too talented (is that even possible?)...is there anything that you can't do?!

Melissa said...

how did i miss this post?! this quilt is beautiful. really, really special.
lucky adelaide, to have you as her mama!

Kristine said...

Yet again, another gorgeous quilting project on your blog. I love this. I'm tempted to start cutting fabric straight away to try to replicate it. I'm sure Adelaide loves it.

Stay-see. said...

Hi.. i was thinking if u could email me the quilt template because i love the design of this quilt very much!!

lazywaves said...

such a lovely quilt.. I made one when I was a student using all the scraps of material that my mum made our clothes from when we were kids .. each square is a party dress or a school uniform or a gym bag .. This has inspired me to start another one for my niece and I might try a nice edge too! :-)

Geisslein said...

Oh my god - such a beautiful quilt - and the little lable you´ve made with the wishes for your daughter - SO CUUUTE! I have fallen in love now! Greetings from germany, geisslein

glasfaden said...

I'm so touched, as I saw the label. Your daughter is so sweet and so lucky to have you as her mom!

Frankie said...

Sharilyn, what a lovely collection! I love to create and have decided it's time to buy a sewing machine. Which machine do you use?

Woo222 said...

My goodness, your blog is quite wonderful! I just discovered it today and am devouring your archives. I am truly in love with your family, your artwork, your photography, and your outlook on life!

Anonymous said...

i saw this quilt in the recent feature of better homes magazine and thought it was so beautiful and was looking looking to see where it was from. now i see it was handmade! what a lovely idea. i would love to do the same!

marigold cottage said...

I love your blog!! I saw the article about you in the Better Homes and Gardens magazine when I was at the dr. this past week...so glad I did. Your quilt is wonderful and Eliot is a dear!! How cute he is on the quilt...my cat does the same thing. I am now hooked on checking to see what cool things you are up to!

P.S. I saw all your wonderful globes in the article, I also collect them and think they are just great. They look so good all grouped together.

Euphoria said...

I want to do one for my baby girl but I have no idea about the tecnique. Your quilt is lovely, I like the colour combination. Congratulations, you are a real treasure for your daughter! She is right!

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