Thursday, December 18, 2014

a Seriously Awesome quilted crib bumper

I don't know if that title sufficiently communicates my enthusiasm for this project.  I absolutely ADORE how it came out!  Though the number of photos in this post probably gets the point across...  Come see, come see!

(seriously awesome) patchwork crib bumper

Aaaaaah!  Serioiusly awesome!

Ok, rewind.  Let me show you what I've been up to.

(seriously awesome) patchwork crib bumper

This project came to a screeching halt when I ran out of the Sweetwater Calendar fabric.  I finally got around to ordering it during the post-Thanksgiving sales from The Intrepid Thread.  Between juggling events and stitching up gifts, I've been making more jewel blocks from the Trifle Dish quilt-along.

(seriously awesome) patchwork crib bumper

16 little pretties in all!  After arranging them crib-bumper-like, I joined them up to create a 160" long by 10" high strip.  That's the right dimensions for a standard crib bumper.  Then, I created a same-size strip in that beautiful Carolyn Gavin Petite Fleur alphabet fabric and basted them together with Warm & Plush in between.

(seriously awesome) patchwork crib bumper

Next stop, quilting. Warm & Plush is a 100% cotton batting from the makers of Warm & Natural.  I chose to use it for this crib bumper since natural fibers are optimally breathable for baby.  Although it is said to be a warmer batting than Warm & Natural, it did not seem thicker to me.  It handled and quilted like a low loft batting.

(seriously awesome) patchwork crib bumper

So, 160 inches... does that sound innocent?  It's not. That's 13 FEET of quilting.  Times like these I'm so glad to have my Juki TL2010Q, with its auto thread cutter and super speed.  It also didn't hurt that my friend Liz came over to sew with me for a few hours.  That got me through half of it, anyways.  Thanks, Liz!

(seriously awesome) patchwork crib bumper

I do declare the results are mouthwatering, though.  Supremely worth it!  This is about 1/3" quilting on a longish stitch setting of 3.  Dense quilting results in a thin bumper that holds its shape and can't possibly be a threat to baby, in my opinion.  Plus, gorgeous.  mmmmmm.....

(seriously awesome) patchwork crib bumper

Today I finally finished binding it with that same Sweetwater print and attaching the ties.  FYI, when approached like an odd-shaped-quilt, this project is quite doable for any quilter.  I dug through lots of crib bumper tutorials that were very much not made for a quilter, before finding one that is.  You don't have to do this dense quilting, if you don't like, as you can see at the tutorial I followed.  Attaching the ties is probably the easiest part!

(seriously awesome) patchwork crib bumper

My bumper is patchwork blocks on the outside and Petite Fleur ABC's on the inside.  Colors were mostly inspired by the Petite Fleur palette.  The solid edging along the alphabets is Kona Rose.

(seriously awesome) patchwork crib bumper

Oh that texture!  Love.

(seriously awesome) patchwork crib bumper

This is one of those projects that I could have skipped, but I'm so glad I didn't!  It's the best patchwork infusion in baby's room yet.  Thanks to Windham Fabrics for the Petite Fleur and to Carolyn Gavin for inspiring me with her retro alphabets. 

xo,

Rachel (and baby Eleni too!)

38 comments:

  1. Congrats! I have to agree; your baby bumper is seriously awesome. Just beautiful!

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  2. I can see why you're so smitten with it! It's beautiful!!

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  3. This is beautiful! I love love love it! Bright and Happy for the baby!

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  4. Beautiful set, Bright and happy for sure.

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  5. It is gorgeous. I love the dense quilting, too.

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  6. oh my!!!! It's sooooo beautiful! You did an amazing job. It's perfect, and so happy looking, and bright.

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  7. It is lovely, but you should know that any crib bumper is considered an unnecessary safety hazard for baby. Perhaps you could find another way to show it off.

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  8. Beautiful! Make me want another baby :)

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  9. Hmm. I swore off bumpers after all the times I had to pull mine off to change sheets last time around. Ugh.
    Now you've got me reconsidering, though!
    (p.s. We're due in early May - so not too far behind you!)

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    1. Congrats on your pregnancy, Tiffany! I'm sure I won't have to pull this one off to change the sheets. It's thin enough that it won't be in the way. Score!

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  10. Bonus, when she outgrows her crib, you can cut it up for about 3 nice table runners!

    Looks great - I tried making a bumper when my baby was born, before I started quilting, and whatever combination of mistakes I made caused it to just end up in a heap on top of the mattress - wouldn't stand up at all. Oh well.

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  11. It is soooo seriously awesome! And then a gorgeous banner in her room later. It will be a beautiful border around her room. I love the petite flier sheet, too. It is all gorgeous for beautiful baby Eleni! I can't wait until you introduce her to us! Magistra13 at yahoo dot com
    Beth

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  12. Wow! I've never seen bumpers made by a quilter before. They are gorgeous!!! The inside is just as beautiful as the outside, too!

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  13. That is the cutest bumper I have ever seen! I made one many years ago for an acquaintance... It looked look three pool noodles wrapped in fabric. Really ugly. Maybe kinda space age! Good luck with your baby room decorating.

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    1. haha! It sounds like there have been more than a few bumper flops around here =) Thanks for your compliment and have a great weekend!

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  14. :) I can feel the excitement. And it makes me happy that you are happy. Well done!

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  15. I'd be thrilled with the result too! The baby will love it.

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  16. It is beautiful and when baby outgrows the crib you could turn it into a quilt as you go style quilt. Never had of the plush Warm and Natural!

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  17. I am literally speechless to how incredible this bumper is. I am so glad you went with it as well! Job well done, mom!!! ;o)

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  18. It is wonderful, Rachel! All your preparations are so sweet :) Have a great time
    Jolana

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  19. Oh my Rachel - this is the most beautiful crib bumper I've ever seen! I'd want to be surrounded with that when I go to bed. Lol. So many hours of quilting! Labor of love and heirloom for sure!

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    1. Honestly, after fastening it on, it crossed my mine that I would sleep there...

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  20. Wowsers, it's gorgeous! I can't even imagine how long that quilting took, but it sure is worth it!

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  21. I love your typo "thread to baby" when you meant "threat to baby"!! You seriously have sewing on the brain! (Lovely baby bumper, by the way.)

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  22. Yes, I would say it was worth it! The quilting, the alphabet and the jewels are perfect together! Beautifully done Rachel :)

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  23. The bumper pad is beautiful. You may want to talk to your pediatrician because opinions have changed on having bumper pads in cribs.

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  24. Gorgeous! I love your bumper ! I wish wish wish I had started quilting when I had babies but the internet wasn't as big then as it is now. I have learned everything about quilting from the wonderful online community. Too late for my babies but not for grand kids! I'm Only 47 so maybe not yet !!!

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  25. It's a work of art! Just gorgeous!

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  26. This is so beautiful!! What an awesome bumper pad for your baby's crib! I'm sure that texture is divine!

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  27. This looks amazing, Rachael! I love the Sweetwater background fabric. It's the perfect pairing.

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  28. I'm going to have to make one! It's so perfect! I love it. I've been toiling over what to do this time around and you've shown me the light. I'm due in April--boy! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  29. Oh my goodness - I hadn't seen that ABC panel before and it is just gorgeous! What a beautiful addition to your nursery - so sweet but sophisticated too :)

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  30. I am so late to the party, but I just saw this!!! It looks absolutely awesome and SO much like you. Thanks for making the Jewel block I made for MBS. It looks fantastic as a crib bumper!!!

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