Tuesday, March 27, 2012

3 baby Grannies

I've felt a little stuck-in-the-mud lately, when it comes to project progress.  I wager finishing three nearly identical quilts all in a row did me in.  That and the garden makeover - ugh.  Thank goodness I finished sewing the do. Good Stitches label on the last one this morning, while Aria practiced her math.

three Baby Grannies

Three baby Grannies.

with do. Good Stitches, Faith circle

The granny square blocks were made in collaboration with the Faith circle of do. Good Stitches.

Baby Grannies
 
Several members volunteered to make more than the customary 2 monthly blocks so that I could create three quilts total - boy, girl and gender neutral.  The boy quilt is made with Kona aqua solids and the neutral quilt in Kona snow.

behind our barn...

All are machine bound with my zigzag stitch finish.  I really don't do it any other way.  After quilting, I hand-stitched these do. Good Stitches tags, which were designed for the bee by Lee of Freshly Pieced.

Baby Granny in girl

The girl quilt was made with Kona Peony solid, which is a really lovely shade of light pink.  I wish I would not have requested purple be included in the color scheme though.  I would have liked it better just pink/red/yellow/brown without the purple.  I'm not saying I don't like the quilt; I just want to be honest that I have these little regrets sometimes too.

Baby Granny in neutral

The gender neutral quilt was feeling a little "ho-hum" to me until I added the scrappy yellow/red border.  Adds a lot of character, don't you think?  I feel like the extra warm colors, combined with all the green and white in the blocks strikes just the right balance for truly gender neutral (instead of boy-in-disguise).

Modern Whimsy ducks backing

I was blessed to use donated batting and backing for all three of these charity quilts.  I want to thank The Warm Company for sending Warm & Natural batting and Robert Kaufman for sending yard cuts of Laurie Wisbrun's Modern Whimsy.

Modern Whimsy ducks backing

I used one-yard cuts for a whole-cloth backing, landing my quilts at 36" square.  The Modern Whimsy Ducks print was perfect in Park/Blue for the boy quilt and in Meadow/Pink for the girl quilt.

Modern Whimsy vines backing

This red and green Modern Whimsy Vine print is exactly gender neutral.  Sew Modern has a nice selection of the Modern Whimsy collection, as well as every shade of Kona cotton!

with Faith circle of do.Good Stitches

Oh, and the quilting.   That was fun!  I followed Jolene's lead by quilting around each granny layout.  Very satisfying!

baby quilts for Daybreak Pregnancy Center

Tomorrow the kids and I will drop off these charity baby quilts at the Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center on our way home from strawberry picking.  I hope they each become a symbol of love over some sweet new baby.  While it's true that the making was sometimes less-than-thrilling, I am grateful to have the opportunity to partner with many to do good with my two hands.

If you are interested in joining us at do. Good Stitches, please visit our Flickr page to get a feel for the group and register for membership via this form.  I'm always organizing new circles for folks that are active on Flickr and enjoy working in a modern quilting style!

52 comments:

  1. those are so beautiful! I am sure that they will be loved and appreciated.

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  2. Wow, these are all gorgeous! 3 finishes at once is also very impressive :) I love the labels you used on these-- did you print them yourself or order them? I'd love to get more details so I could order or make some to add to the do. Good Stitches quilts as I finish them!

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    1. Yes! These labels can be ordered from Spoonflower. I just sent the link to all do. Good Stitches hosts to let them know that they can order them or send the link to each of you quilters to let you order them directly. It should be worked out shortly!

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    2. I was just going to ask you this question! : ) I will wait for Leigh to post this to our Harmony group.

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  3. All three quilts are really cute. I love the label that you can put on each quilt. I am going to check out your zig zag binding. I see it really well on the back but not on the front so I just might try it out. Thanks for hosting such a nice quilt bee to make people you don't even know happy.

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  4. Love your grannies! Such a fun block.

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  5. Those are some really awesome quilts! I love the stitching on the binding.

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  6. love these three rachel. good job finishing so many! i am sure the babies/momma's that get these will love them very much!

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  7. They are all lovely, and it's great that you were able to make three! I can imagine it was quite a task, but worth it! I especially love the neutral version!

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  8. Aw, these are some of my favorites that you've done. I think the monotony got you, but they are wonderful. And purple is making it's comeback...so I'm glad you included it in your girly quilt. Love them!!!

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  9. These are great! I love the quilting, and the neutral quilt is my favorite. I tend to gravitate toward quilts with lots of white. Good job on the tree shot, by the way. I had to look very closely to figure out how you made them look like they are just floating there. :)

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  10. wow, I love these, they are so colourful and cheerful

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  11. These are just perfect and so pretty to look at! They are going to make three new babies feel extra cozy and special! It's so wonderful your children get be there when they are donated! Your a good Mama, Rachel!!!

    p.s. I'm jealous of your blossoming trees! Our PA trees just finally spouted new leaf buds, I can't wait for them to pop!

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  12. Ah Rach you make the loveliest quilts.
    Isn't it great to have them swaying in the breeze!

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  13. Those are beautiful! I really love all three. I must do some scrappy binding. Yours turned out so awesomely!

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  14. I love your grannie quilts! I think they all turned out beautifully!!! I don't think the white one is dull at all, it is crisp and clean looking :)

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  15. Wow, beautiful, I have to try this blocks
    Love the backing fabrics too

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  16. These are the sweetest quilts!
    It's the perfect pattern for a baby quilt, sweet but fun. Love how you quilted them, too!

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  17. They are so beautiful! So nice to see the difference the background fabric makes...I have only ever seen the granny square done on white. I think the aqua is my favourite though :o)

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    1. The aqua is my favorite too, in background color!

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  18. They look fab, well done for battling through!

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  19. These are fantastic! the backings for each could not be more perfect! well done!

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  20. Love the colors how fun for spring!

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  21. I love these! They all look great! I love the backing fabrics you've used! =D

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  22. Very nice! Those grannies are just gorgeous!

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  23. All three quilts look so wonderfully fresh and pretty. I would have a very hard time working on three quilts at once. I could handle one, or maybe two, but the third one would definitely do me in. Great job.

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    1. Exactly! I did push through to finish one at a time, but the three-time repetition gave me this feeling that I was actually taking weeks to do the one small quilt =)

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  24. Sweet quilts and I love who you're giving them too. I just dropped of a box of quilts and receiving blankets at my local Crisis Pregnancy Centre this afternoon. I have a blog entry about the making of them. http://makingmorewithless.blogspot.ca/2012/03/4-sisters-in-law-and-12-kids-5-quilts.html

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    1. Your post is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. These are so sweet! As soon as I ditch one of my bees, I will totally be signing up to do this! I just know I wouldn't be able to dedicate the time necessary if I were to sign up now. Love them though!

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  26. Beautiful baby grannies! This block is just so much fun that you have to love it!

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  27. These quilts are awesome. What a wonderful gifts.

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  28. These look great Rachel! I love the duck backing too.

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  29. All the three quilts are adorable! Such lovely colours!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  30. Rachel, your quilts are soooo nice! I like the colours... just great job!!! Jolana

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  31. What a lovely thought. Beautiful quilts and beautiful colours. I'm guessing the new mums are going to love them.

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  32. Just beautiful! Thanks for finishing up our blocks in such a lovely way!

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  33. Love these quilts, sweet pattern. BTW, I love the purple block on the pink one, it really looks great. Will be making a quilt with this block for sure!

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  34. They are fantastic quilts. I am sure they will be much appreciated. Great idea for baby quilts by the way.

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  35. The quilts are gorgeous! It makes my heart smile to see you donate such beautiful quilts. You never lower your standards just because the quilt is being donated and I appreciate that so much from you. You are setting a great example for the rest of us. Thank you!

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  36. I love the granny square quilts. So cute. Your circle did a great job. I like the Whimsy for the backing.

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  37. I think what you're doing is absolutely wonderful! The quilts are great. Very happy. :)

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  38. Love the little quilts, such a great group to be involved with :)

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  39. I love these so much. I really need to make one for myself!! :)

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  40. I love the 3 granny squares quilts. But even more amazing are all those fabulous scrappy quilts!!!! I don't know how you managed to pick a grand prize winner. They are all beautiful.

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