Sunday, February 26, 2012
Bento Bikes Baby Quilt
Good friends of ours are having a baby at any moment, and I had been holding on to this fabric to make them a baby quilt for a while, and got it done just in time. Now that they have recieved the quilt I can share it with you!
Here's a photo of the whole quilt, post washing. They are both avid bicyclists, so when the Avalon fabric line from Birch fabrics came out, I knew it would be perfect for them! I used a number of fabrics from the line and then supplemented with other grey, green, and teal fabrics from my stash.
To make this bento box design, I made nine log cabin/square within square blocks and then cut them into quarters. Each of the larger blocks was 13.5" square before I cut them up, which was kind of a pain of a size to make, but was the right size to get the final quilt size I wanted (since I had a yard and 1/4 of backing fabric - so my final quilt was something like 39" square). I used different size center squares to start and different width strips, so that the blocks would each be different. I tried to keep in mind how the blocks would look when cut into quarters as I pieced them, so that each quarter would look good on its own. I almost chickened out and left them as whole squares, but I went ahead and cut them up.
I also considered this layout which I like too, but I ended up deciding that I liked a regular bento box layout better.
I couldn't find the little quilting table extension thing for my machine when I went to free-motion quilt this, so the quilting was a bit frustrating (and far from perfect) but it all looked fine after a good wash and dry. And the soon to be parents loved it, which is the most important thing!
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Posted by Kate S. at 10:58 PM
Labels: baby gifts, quilting, sewing
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Really love the colours on this one.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous! I love the colours and prints, such a great baby quilt :)ReplyDelete
Just darling! What a great name for this little quilt!ReplyDelete
I love this, it is fabulous!ReplyDelete
I think this is brilliant. I love the bento box design. So clever and a really fun quilt for the soon to be baby bicyclist!ReplyDelete
The colors are GREAT!! Okay...with these great photos and fun pattern...I'm inspired to put this on my list of quilts to make.ReplyDelete
LOVE the colors on this quilt. I love bento box quilts. It's been on my list forever.ReplyDelete
Oh that is a loveable quilt! So beautiful colours and those prints are so perfect!ReplyDelete
Both layouts look great. Those bikes are soo cute. Nice finish!ReplyDelete
Perfect color combo! Great quilt!ReplyDelete
Bento box is one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Ooh la la! I love the blues and greens! They go so well with the grey and white. BTW, this is my first time visiting your blog. Love the name - Needle and Spatula! It's nice to meet you, Kate.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! I love the fabric and the way you cut the blocks into quarters. Not sure I would've had the nerve to do it, but maybe I'll give it a shot one of these days. Great job!ReplyDelete
This is just fantastic, Kate! Perfect colors, wonderful design!ReplyDelete
Wow, it's beyond stunning. I really like that other layout too, you might have to make another one! Lucky new baby and parents :DReplyDelete
Love the color combo!ReplyDelete
Wow that is a beautiful quilt. Would not have been as striking had you left the blocks whole. Love it!ReplyDelete
This is great! Love the colors and although it's cute, it's not too baby-ish. I'd love it as a lap quilt (would match my living room!)ReplyDelete
Kate, this is gorgeous! You have such a great eye for selecting fabrics and color palettes. Everything you do has such a chic, boutique look to it, and this one is no exception. What lucky friends you have!ReplyDelete
What kind of seeing machine do you have, I've been borrowing my moms all my life and have now moved out and am trying to pick out something good.ReplyDelete
So I actually have a pretty cheap brother machine (cost about $150) that I got on amazon, it works pretty well but is definitely not a fancy machine. I am actually hoping to get something nicer myself in the next year or two - the biggest reason being that it has a really tiny throat space, which makes it hard to quilt with. Good luck finding a machine!Delete
That is so pretty -- and the bikes! I'm sure the parents-to-be will love it!ReplyDelete
WHat a fantastic quilt! Love the bikes and the colors are so cool and refreshing. Great job!ReplyDelete
Oh, what a gorgeous quilt!ReplyDelete