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Simple Baby Tie Quilt

My cousin and his wife will soon become parents! I wanted to make them something, but I am really bad with deadlines when it comes to quilting. The projects always take longer than I expect they will. Babies are born without regard to whether the baby quilt is finished, so I needed a manageable project.

I selected fabrics mostly from Lotta Jansdotter’s Bella line…

bella_fabric

…for a tie quilt comprised of simple squares. I used high-loft polyester batting to give a bigger impact to the tie quilting.

tie quilting

There is family history involved, too. My dad’s grandma made my parents a tie quilt for their wedding. It’s the only tie quilt we own, so to me, tie quilts symbolize beginnings.

Also, I thought tie quilting would be faster and easier than machine quilting. I still am not sure since I haven’t machine quilted a whole quilt yet, but I will say tie quilting gave me some blisters! I was surprised that a straight needle seemed to work better than the curved needles I tried. The curved metal was weak, so I broke at least three of them.

bandaids

The mom-to-be is outgoing and isn’t afraid of color. I selected fabrics that I thought would reflect this. I also wanted gender-neutral colors since I didn’t know the gender of the baby when I started.

I used a sheet as backing (pink! – gender revealed a few months ago) and a light gray fabric with a fern print (from Joann’s) for the binding.

binding by craftprowler

This was the first time in my life I didn’t mind hand-sewing something. I was cursing a little as I bound the first side of the quilt, but I found my zen as I rounded that first corner!

The pattern isn’t difficult, but I still like this quilt for its energetic colors. I hope the baby enjoys it, too. And as an added bonus, I even finished before the baby’s birth!

simple tie quilt by craftprowler

simple tie quilt by craftprowler

simple tie quilt by craftprowler

If I remember correctly, this quilt is twin size: 63″ x 87″. I started so long ago that I don’t know if I can trust my notes!

I blogged about this quilt before here. You can find a photo of the quilt that inspired me here.

Have you tried tie quilting? Do you like it? Do you think it’s easier or harder than machine quilting? I’d love to compare notes!

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Strange Sightings in the City

It takes me a long time to finish projects. Not only do I have to cram exercise, dinner, and hobbies into about two hours every day, but I am also the slowest person ever. I decided this week to share some colorful inspirations I’ve seen around the city of Chicago the past few weeks.

...because who doesn't put mosaic tiles all over her car?

…because who doesn’t put mosaic tiles all over her car?

i suppose if you have a flat tire in the city, carrying a replacement through the train station isn't so strange...

i suppose if you have a flat tire in the city, carrying a replacement through the train station isn’t so strange…

whale street art

whale street art

street art

street art

someone has a batman cutout leering over the fullerton el stop... love it

someone has a batman cutout leering over the fullerton el stop… love it

cow sighting

cow sighting

perhaps the strangest sight of all, i found a sold-out copy of Love Quilting & Patchwork! it was at the barnes & noble in oak brook

i found a sold-out copy of Love Quilting & Patchwork!