Sunday, November 6, 2016

MCM Baby Quilt

I made a Mid-Century Modern inspired baby quilt for our son and daughter-in-law and gave it to them at the baby shower I had for them this weekend. I've known I wanted to make them a quilt since we heard the news they were expecting, but it wasn't until a few weeks ago that I finally decided on a pattern and ordered the solids in the colors of the era. Olive, Gold, Chocolate, Apricot, Lime, Aqua, Lagoon, Fog and Teal were the colors that I settled on through my Pinterest search. I ordered all Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids because I have had great luck with them and I love the slight sheen they give off. I used Bright White from the collection, as well.

I found this tutorial on Pinterest for making the blocks. I made a few changes to the pattern. 
1. I made 8" finished blocks instead of 6".
2. To conserve fabric I cut my colored pieces of fabric into 4" x 10" rectangles and then cut those into half-rectangle triangles. 
3. I sewed the bias side of the pieces cut to the white fabric so that I would not have a bias on the outside of each square.
This allowed for less trimming and thus less fabric waste, as well.

This quilt is paper pieced and although it takes longer to prep, it comes together quickly. I also got out a lot of my pent up aggressions when ripping out the paper pieces. Ripping out paper pieces has become so much easier since I switched to using vellum paper instead of copy paper. For each rip, rip, rip I imagined cancer cells being obliterated from my sister's body. It really was a satisfying hour.

When it came time to quilt this piece I knew I wanted to do a fairly dense quilting of straight lines on the white pieces and none on the colored "boomerang" pieces, hoping to make them pop. I decided, once again, to put on my big girl panties and use my BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulating) foot and attempt to quilt straight lines. Curves are so much easier to quilt with this foot, but I wanted straight lines and I did not want the hassle of wrestling the quilt through the machine if I used the walking foot. It's not perfect, but I have adopted the motto that "Done is better than perfect"!

The backing needed to be something from stash, because I did not have time to order anything. This black and white word print seemed fun. Kyle and Briana have not decided on a name for this baby boy yet, but they have assured us it will be unusual, so I thought maybe they could close their eyes and point a finger to one of these random words. How does Curacao Stanley sound? Or  maybe Taupe Stanley? Whatever they name this little one, he is sure to be loved.

My go to binding these days, influenced by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts, is the narrow black and white stripe. It doesn't compete with the quilt but yet frames it so well.

The baby shower was a fun afternoon with family and friends. Now we'll have to wait about 12 more weeks before we get to see a baby on this quilt. Meanwhile, Briana will have fun folding and refolding all the tiny clothes, sleepers and blankets that she received this weekend. I remember those days of nesting, even though they were so long ago.

Quilt Stats:
Name: MCM Baby Quilt
Fabric used: Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids in Olive, Gold, Chocolate, Apricot, Lime, Aqua, Lagoon, Fog, Teal and Bright White.
Backing Fabric:Wyndham 108" Quilt Back by Whistler Studios
Binding Fabric: Timeless Treasure narrow stripe in Black and White
Thread: pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. white
Batting: Warm and White
Quilted: by ME on  my Bernina 820 using Connecting Threads Essential cotton thread, 40 wt. white
Finished Size after Laundering: 62" x 62"



Debbie said...

This turned out so nice, Dianne! I love the MCM colors you chose, and the binding is perfect. I'm curious about the vellum you use - is there a certain weight you suggest or ??

Anonymous said...

What a striking pattern you chose! It is the perfect modern baby quilt. Congratulations to you all and best wishes to the mom-to-be.

Robby said...

What a great baby quilt. May the little guy always feel loved and comforted when he's using it.

ann said...

Of course the ever popular Wine Stanley has to be in the running. 😂😂😂

Katy Cameron said...

Gorgeous quilt! Also, I'm kind of blown away that the baby has a theme, I have no theme and I'm 30-something years his senior lol

Sue said...

I love this quilt! The colours are gorgeous and fresh with all that white and the simple design is very striking. I see 'Alligator" as one of the words on teh backing - that could be fun as a name and would negate the need for a nickname :-)

Geri said...

What a gorgeous quilt! Looks like a fun party - would love to see larger versions of the photos - hard to blow up on the blog.

Susan Snooks said...

What a beautiful quilt DI! I love how snuggly it looks... Thanks for sharing the link and your wise advice! I think I could drop everything and make this now! In fact, I am joining a monthly solids club with the first delivery due next week. This will be the perfect use for it! I love the look of that 'crochet'(?) blanket too! Best wishes to the lovely couple. BTW Eli is a great name!

Sarah said...

What a beautiful quilt to welcome a new Stanley into the world! I always think how interesting it is that babies seem to grow into their names even if they are a little unexpected to begin with. God bless these last days of your DIL's pregnancy and make that little one's arrival the huge celebration it deserves to be (after a few hours of labour, naturally) ;-)

Unknown said...

My husband and I were googling quilt ideas for our master bed. He found this post and we loooove this quilt. Any chance you'd entertain the thought of commissioning a king size version?