Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Central Park Baby Quilt: Finished!

The quilt is done...


The baby shower is this weekend, so I finished with plenty of time. I took about three weeks to make this quilt. I tend to shy away from big projects that can't be completed within a couple of hours, so I took my time with this one and worked on it little by little here and there. I do love the way it turned out.


I used my sewing machine to bind the quilt. I'm not great with a needle and thread in my hand, and it would have taken a lot of time to sew it by hand. I went very slowly and carefully with my machine, and I'm happy with how it looks.


I used white thread in the bobbin so that the stitches on the back would blend in with the backing fabric and the quilting stitches. That way I didn't have to worry about where my binding stitches were landing on the back of the quilt.


After completing my first machine quilted project, I will definitely be doing it again. I love the look of straight line machine quilting. My daughters' Sherbet Pips quilts that I'm going to start this summer are going to be just like this quilt, but I'm going to make them 10 x 10 charm squares versus 6 x 7. If you have never quilted before, I highly recommend the tutorial that I followed. It was written by Kristin over at wRIte iT DOwN. I am constantly in awe of her quilts... not only how gorgeous they are but how many she churns out!


My sister-in-law is due in June. Can't wait for the arrival of the little one who will get to snuggle in this quilt.




I'm linking up at Get Your Craft On! with Today's Creative Blog and...


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27 comments:

Krista said...

That's just beautiful. Nice work! She's gonna love it. Three weeks for one project? I'm like you, I shy away from that stuff. But the more posts I see with beautiful quilts, the closer I get to giving it a try myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

Chris said...

The quilt turned out so well. I'm sure it will be a treasure. Great work, Gwen!

Brandi said...

Beautiful quilt Gwen! I know your SIL will adore it!

Kristin said...

Oh it looks amazing Gwen!! I just love all of the fabrics you chose. I'm with you on the long projects...If I can't get it done in a day I usually avoid it!

Tiffany said...

Very cute! How big is this quilt? I have a few baby blankets to make but I can never decide how big to make them.

Michele Pacey said...

So lovely Gwen! I like the straight line quilting too. It's simple and beautiful!

Marina said...

That is beautiful!! I love all the colors!
Stopping by from Justsewsassy.com

Bree said...

Gorgeous! I'm sure your SIL will love it (or at least she'd better)! :)

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

So, so cute! I have a table topper that needs to be bound and I've been debating just machine binding it, looking at your gorgeous results, I think that's what I'm going to do so it will just be done already! :)
xoxo,
Amy

Lu said...

I love it! I made my first quilt for my son about 2 years ago and then... haven't really quilted since. I have picked up fabric and all but I tend to have craft ADD and commitment issues. But I'm going to make a quilt for our little girl. Once I decide which one to make, that is. :)

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

Gwen! It turned out so lovely! What a thoughtful baby gift:)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Aaah, Gwen, it's awwwwwwesome! And I love the way you've signed it Aunt Gwen. You sweetie!!

The stitching is unbelievably neat. Well done for being so patient. That's one lucky, lucky baby!

Sarahx

Jaime said...

This is gorgeous!! I'd love for you to link up!!

http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2011/04/wow-me-wednesday-6.html

Caroline @ Atelier Caroline said...

It turned out great ! Fantastic job Gwen :) What a lucky little niece

Danielle Bartran said...

Gwen, it looks amazing! You've inspired me and I just started working on a quilt using charm packs of Central Park fabric.

Christy said...

I love it, and I know baby will too!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Yeahh!! you did it. I have enjoyed your WIP posts. This will be such a special and treasured gift.

Jodi said...

Beautiful, I love all the bright colors!

Great Job, Gwen!

Jodi

Jengerbread said...

That is adorable! Great job!

Erica {B is for Boy} said...

Great job! It is really darling & I love all the bright colors yet it's not too much for a baby quilt! I might have to make one some day!

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

Beautiful!! The aqua is perfect! She is going to love it!

Kristin @ wRIte iT DOwN said...

LOVE IT! You did such a beautiful job Gwen! I am loving the turquoise binding, it worked perfectly. It was great to watch your process with this one, can't wait to see your next one. Awesome job!!

Naturally Carol said...

Fantastic work Gwen..the fabrics blend and contrast perfectly and the turquoise binding looks just right. I am sure the baby will be snug and warm under it too!

Jen @ My Own Road said...

Wow this is gorgeous. I love all the colors!

Little Treasures said...

So sweet! Gorgeous fabric!

Quiltstory said...

Darling quilt! Thanks for linking to Quiltstory!

Debbie @ OtRD said...

This is just beautiful! Your sister-in-law is going to love it!

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