Saturday, May 2, 2015

Eat, Sleep, Snuggle

I wanted to make a baby quilt for one of my favorite people. Lindsay is the daughter of one of my best friends and I have watched her grow from a baby to a beautiful woman. She has always been one of my "pretend daughters" and we have a special friendship that is very dear to me. I was one of the first people she told she was expecting, after her family was told. That made me feel pretty important.
She and her husband chose not to find out the gender of the baby before it's born, and are planning a black, white and grey color scheme for the nursery. With that in mind, I needed to come up with a sophisticated, gender nuetral baby quilt. 
I knew I wanted to include some of the new Cotton&Steel prints from the Black and White collection. I also have the Lotta Jansdotter Black and White collection and added several other text prints from my stash. But, I still did not have a design in mind until I saw the mini wall hanging Stina made for her brother.
This was the photo that sparked my idea. With permission from Stina, I got started thinking about the words I might like to use in this black and white baby quilt. You can read about Stina's inspiration here

Trying to think of words for baby, I came up with Eat...Sleep...Snuggle... and my quilt had a plan. I pieced the words first, using my own design for the words by first drawing them on graph paper and then started adding to the words to make bigger blocks until I had a few wide, pieced blocks. I cut 2-1/2" strips from all my fabrics and just started making some improv blocks, trimming as I needed them to fit with the word blocks. I added some solids of Kona white and medium grey and Steel Essex linen to make it not too busy.

word quilt

I ended up with a fun, improv, baby quilt, in black and white. The "whites" in these fabrics are all different, from pure white to almost cream, so I tried to mix them up to get a nice blend. It's funny, but these photos look like I changed them from color to black and white, but I didn't.

word quilt
The tiger from the black and white C&S collection had to make an appearance in the quilt.


I quilted it with straight lines approximately spaced 1/2" apart. It has a nice, crinkley texture without being too stiff to snuggle that little baby.


word quilt

"Twenty fifteen", cut and pieced together, from IKEA's Nummer print, to forever remember the year the baby was born.

I backed it with the Robert Kaufman widescreen crosshatch in Black. I love this fabric for a backing. It comes in a few colors and I have used it a lot. I wish the manufacturers would make more widescreen prints. This time I attached the label before quilting. I don't know why I have not done this before. But now it is forever on the quilt instead of being hand-sewn after the quilt is completed.
Robert Kaufman widescreen crosshatch black

The white binding seemed the perfect compliment to finish this quilt. It frames it nicely and does not add anymore distraction to this, already, very busy quilt. I attached the binding by machine and I am so happy that I have finally gotten better at this technique. Glue basting really helps make it pretty faultless.
machine quilt binding

I can't wait to take a picture of the little Wandzilak baby, lying on this quilt.

word quilt
The mommy-to-be is looking as beautiful as can be. She loved the quilt and I couldn't be happier.
Quilt Stats:
Name: Eat, Sleep, Snuggle
Fabrics used: lots of Black and white fabrics including cuts from Cotton & Steel Black and White collection, Lotta Jansdotter Black and White collection, Summerville, Madrona Road, Kona white, Kona medium grey and Steel Essex Yarn Dyed Linen.
Thread: Pieced and quilted with White Aurifil 50 wt. 
Batting: Warm and White
Backing: Robert Kaufman Widescreen Crosshatch Black
Binding: White Kona Cotton.
Size: 44" x 43.5"


16 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

oh beautiful quilt.......fits the brief perfectly..........

Leanne said...

This quilt is fantastic! I love all the details, you knocked it out of the park.

Quilter in the Gap said...

This quilt is a stunner. I adore it! That is one blessed baby.

Tamie said...

What a perfect solution! Love the twenty fifteen.

Debbie said...

Oh I like this. Love the use of the neutrals....

Dianne Neale said...

Love it Di. Who would have thought black and white would make such a lovely baby quilt.

Patchwork and Play said...

You have designed a truly unique quilt Di! I love the black and white colour scheme and the placement of the words! I agree about wishing to buy more widebacks- they make that part of the job so much easier!

Susan said...

What a beautiful, special quilt. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and processes, it has so many quirky details that will make it a special keepsake I'm sure.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

So beautiful! I totally think you nailed it, really sophisticated but cute at the same time! Gorgeous picture of the two of you :)

Stina... said...

Love everything about this quilt...it's quilts like these that put a smile on everybody's faces...and I can so imagine lots of snuggle hours with the baby and its parents...
Happy I could give you the inspiration to make this fantastic quilt!!! I know I had lots of fun making my tea quilt..and I hope you had so too!!! :0)

mascanlon said...

Such a perfect design an full of whimsey too. I don't know why I don' t do this more. But you are inspiring me. And the Twenty fifteen....a real touch of genius Di.

Trina Peterson said...

This is gorgeous, Di, and so special. Love the twenty fifteen!

Carla said...

It's just beautiful Diane. I love quilts with words.

Sarah said...

What a really special, beautiful quilt to welcome a little one into the world!

CapitolaQuilter said...

Wonderful quilt. I've never made one with words because they usually feel very structured but I love your version. My granddaughter's newest phrase is "Warm and Cozy" which would read really well too - just might have to make one.

Athens said...

Hi, Diane, this is Vivian, your table partner at Sewtopia Chicago. I loved reading your blog and looking at all of you beautiful works. I'm really an admirer of your work--would love to keep in touch with you. I'm finishing up my Latifah quilt and not sure how to quilt it. What did you do with yours? Thanks for your help.