Thursday, May 22, 2014

Scrappy Baby Quilt

I haven't done quilts as teacher's gifts before and I'm not sure why. If done the right way, they can make easy and personal gifts that say thank you in long-lasting way. Mia's third grade teacher has been fantastic this year. She'd given Mia space to daydream, explore, and socialize without seeing some of these aspects of her personality as flaws. When I found out she's expecting her first baby, I knew I wanted to make a small baby quilt for her. 

I saw someone else use half-square triangles and novelty fabrics to create a fun I-spy quilt. I wanted to try my own! First, I found this great Aneela Hoey text print (from the Posy line) in pink and I knew it would be perfect for this quilt. I picked it up on an Etsy fabric shop called Gooba Designs. I have nothing but love for Kristin, who runs the shop. She puts together great little bundles and always includes hand-written notes & a few coordinating charms in with your order. She has top notch customer service and I highly recommend her! In fact, she's offered up a coupon code of her shop just for this weekend! The coupon code is THX15 and works for 15% of any order over $25.00!! The code ends on Monday, May 26th! Go shop and help support a small homemade business!

After getting all the squares sewn, Mia saw them on my design wall and started to play with the layout. I'm so glad she did, because her random placement worked so much better than the elaborate designs I was trying to pull off. Plus, it added a little bit of her into this gift too. 

I found this hot pink backing fabric and was sold as soon as I saw the little hearts. 
One of my favorite Joel Dewberry prints is the binding fabric.

I've been experimenting with quilt labels and am still torn about them. I decided to embroider one on this quilt after seeing a similar pattern on Pinterest. 
I love the handmade feel it adds to the quilt and the fact that I can add the "name" of the quilt too. 
I can see doing this a lot more on future quilts. 

I used a variegated pink Aurifil thread to straight line stitch the quilt creating borders around each square. I can't wait to give this one to Mia's teacher. I'm also happy to discover that gift quilts don't have to be overly complicated to make a big statement!

1 comment:

Mika P. said...

Thanks for posting this! I have been wanting to sew a quilt for some time now, and once I'm able to purchase a sewing machine and some fabric, I'm determined to make it happen. This is such a beautiful and thoughtful gift, Mia's teacher will LOVE it! I'm in school to become an elementary school teacher and if a parent ever did this for me, I'd be so touched and grateful (: