Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ruby Twinkle

Early this morning I ventured out while the leaves still sparkled with frost and the sun had yet to sweep away the morning mist.

Twinkle in Ruby

At last a sunny day to photograph my latest make, Ruby Twinkle quilt top!

Twinkle in Ruby

I'm making a pair of sawtooth star twin bed quilts for Aria and Liam's bunk bed.  These are super-easy to sew 12" finished blocks (tutorial here), so the quilt top comes together pretty fast.  This one is all in Kona Ruby red background.  Liam's will be on Kona Storm, a vivid navy blue.

Twinkle in Ruby

It's just my luck that they both passionately want a red, white and blue room.  Not sure how they got to be quite so patriotic...  I've chosen this traditional pattern and layout as a nod to the New England aesthetic, while keeping it fresh with happy modern fabrics! 

Twinkle in Ruby

Aria's favorite blue is a really bright cobalt, like the pearl bracelet print near center of this quilt.  That color is not too common in modern fabrics, and I prefer to use a variety of shades for depth, so I've mixed in lots of other blues as well.

Twinkle in Ruby

My most favorite and her least favorite print is the Umbrella Prints hearts there at the corner.  She says it's orange.  Ah well, can't always win!

Twinkle in Ruby

I'm feeling a bit quilt-deprived lately.  Must make more quilts!  More quilts for this space.  Quilts, quilts!

They're coming.

p.s.  Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Folk Song + Baby Makes

This is the post in which I am ridiculously spoiled.  Apologies in advance....

Folk Song for the nursery

The week before Christmas a package arrived in the mail.  Well, angels started singing and me and my big ol' belly practically floated off the ground because inside was... Folk Song!  This is a reprint collection by Anna Maria Horner, featuring 4 of her Good Folks returned in the flesh and much of Little Folks now on quilting cotton.  Aaaaaah!

Folk Song for the nursery

I begged Free Spirit Fabrics to send me some early for some special baby makes.  The collection and this baby are both due in February (ok, baby technically due March 6th, but I say February), so it was now or never, you know?  The nursery waits for no one.  Oh my lucky stars, they obliged!  Hurrah and hurray.

Folk Song for the nursery

I got right to work.  First up, another changing pad cover.  Construction same as the firsts.  See the updated tutorial at The Cozy Pumpkin.

Folk Song for the nursery

This room is supposed to be all the pretty colors, so blue is definitely a go.  Maybe chill navy blue will keep baby calm when being changed?  No?  That's crazy?  Well, this particular fabric was one of my favorite Little Folks so I'm glad to see it here.  Diamond Mine is great in the red colorway too!

Folk Song for the nursery

Stowed away in the bottom dresser drawer are all our baby bedding linens, including a couple new Folk Song sheets!

Folk Song for the nursery

A pretty pink sheet in Coloring Garden makes a nice impact.

Folk Song for the nursery

This mix of pink, jade, yellow and coral would be a great starting point for quilt colors, don't you think?  Notice that bit of dusty blue and orchid purple too.  Anna Maria has such a way with color!

Folk Song for the nursery

I made another crib sheet (tutorial here) in Little Honey flowers.  Isn't it cute popping out from the side of the crib?

Folk Song for the nursery

I really like how this print jives with the alphabet panel.

Folk Song for the nursery

And the bold red is a good addition to the room, especially against that grass green rug. 

This room is really starting to feel like vanilla with rainbow sprinkles.  I love it!  According to my Baby Makes master list, I only have one more nursery make and then it's on to baby clothes and accessories, including a floor quilt for tummy time.

I can do it!  I can do it!

p.s.  Visit Fabricworm or Fat Quarter Shop to register interest in Folk Song. They will notify you when the collection is in stock, so you can order yours.  Yippee!



Monday, December 29, 2014

announcing Handstitched & Curves Class Encores!

Thanks to all who voted on which Stitched classes we should encore.  Curves Class won by a good margin, with Handstitched coming up second.  Here are all the details for your planning purposes.  Registration for both classes opens this Thursday, January 1st! 

::Curves Class::


"In the past you may have been intimidated by tight little curved seams, even downright petrified by curvy quilt blocks and more than a little skeptical that a curvy outlook could be in your stitchy future.   That all ends now.  No longer shall ye be limited to the straight edge.  No longer shall ye look with fear upon that which inspires you..."

Yep, that still sums it up!   As a quilter it's easy to get oh-so-comfortable with straight line sewing (which is golden!) that you believe the naughty little voice that whispers "curves are too hard."  They're not!  I promise!  Let me hold your hand through this 5-week course which caters to both the beginner and intermediate curves sewist.  Weeks 1-4 we'll cover Basic Curves, Improv Curves, Precise Curves and Advanced Curves with full, detailed photo tutorials and many downloadable templates. Each week you can choose from 3 very different projects for one that really fits your experience and interests.  Week 5 we'll celebrate with full on quilts.  Yes!

Here's a bit more detail on what we'll cover each week with a project preview...

Scallop Bunting Project

Week 1:  Basic Curves - Truly, really basic.  So basic that you beginners are most welcome to join in.  If you've sewn 3 or so projects (of any kind) you should have the basic sewing know-how to get a ton out of this class!  And for those of you that are already comfy with the most simple curved sewing, I do have a "challenge" level project that first week to keep you on your toes. 

Rainbow Road project

Week 2:  Improv Curves - This stuff needn't be hard.  By the time you finish this week I think you'll be seeing a whole new world of curvy possibilities. All three of these projects are super fun to make.  It's going to be hard to choose - you'll see!  Yes, your enthusiasm is building and your confidence is running high so we'll continue on to...

Scallop Quilt project

Week 3:  Precise Curves - Let's tackle them head on.  We'll start off with that curvy classic - the drunkard's path - and then move on to a mod curved block of my own creation.  There's a fancy challenge project this week too.  If you go that route, you'll know you can sew any curve darn well with precision.

Slices mat project

Week 4:  Advanced Curves - Yes, I'm partial to improv piecing. It's really fun and funky and makes for such an original creation.  We'll learn some new techniques this week and what you can and cannot do with improv cutting.  (Because knowing what you cannot do can really save some fabric, let me tell you...) We'll also learn how to draft precise curve patterns so you'll be able to move forward with your own designs.



Week 5:  Curvy Quilts - It's time to create your masterpiece!  The class will include detailed tutorials for two quilt designs, Oodalolly and Wheel Quilt, with links to my free tutorials for finishing your quilt (ie. basting, quilting, binding) at your leisure.

::Handstitched::

We are modern sewists, and we do so love that sewing machine.  But, actually, there are still beautiful effects that are best realized needle in hand.  There's also something simply delicious and inexplicably relaxing about the slow, steady pace of handwork.  I hope you'll consider joining me for some slow stitching, making beauty stitch by stitch, and developing new skills piece by beautiful piece.

I'm pleased to invite you to a 9-week online class, spanning January 19th through March 19th.   It's 5 weeks of instruction alternating with 4 weeks of "space", allowing you room to enjoy each stitch.  All instruction is delivered via a separate password protected blog that allows you to access the lessons at your leisure, with posts delivered day to day during instruction weeks.

Handstitched class quilt

Handstitched starts at the very beginning discussing needles, knots and threads.  First-time sewists can enjoy one project per week that's designed to be sewing-machine free and super easy.  Each week we'll focus on one category of handwork moving from Reverse Applique through Embroidery, English Paper Piecing, Applique and Hand Quilting with full, detailed photo tutorials and many downloadable templates. Each week you can choose from 3 very different projects for one that really fits your experience and interests.  Because of the variety of projects, this class is suitable for beginners to intermediate sewists. 

Handstitched encore

Quilters will love that each week one of those projects is an installment in a handstitched masterpiece, the Modern Medallion quilt.  This special quilt is best for the intermediate quilter, who has some experience with rotary cutting and piecing.  I don't recommend this as a first quilt, because we'll be using so many techniques and it would become overwhelming.  If you've made 2-3 quilts before, so that you have basic quilting skills, then you'll really enjoy this one!  And, you'll love bringing so many new techniques to your quilting!

Here's a bit more detail on what we'll cover each week with a project preview...

Eyelet Needlebook project

Week 1:  Reverse Applique - Think of applique as a simple way to achieve any shape you desire. With reverse applique, the shape emerges by layering two fabrics and cutting away the top fabric to reveal what's underneath. Much easier to master than patchwork piecing, applique also allows for unbroken backgrounds and unbroken prints with no distracting seams (see the Dogwood Blossom at the center of our class quilt).  I love that!  This week we'll be using felt, knit jersey and quilting cottons for reverse applique.  Projects will cover raw edge and turned-under edge reverse applique.  And, no, it's not needle-turn applique. I'll show you an easier way!

Sashiko coasters project

Week 3:  Embroidery - Throughout the entire class you'll be learning basic skills essential to hand sewing such as which needle to use, what threads to consider, and basic stitches including the back stitch, running stitch, French knot, blanket stitch and whipstitch.  In this week we'll focus on techniques unique to embroidery such as options for transferring patterns, as well as experiment with using embroidery to label quilts.  You'll also be taught some special embroidery stitches such as satin stitch, chain stitch, split stitch, herringbone and eyelet stitch.  Plus, it's your chance to finally try Sashiko embroidery!

 Star Blossom project

Week 5:  English Paper Piecing - Patchwork addicts, like myself, are always charmed by the perfect points and difficult seams made simple by English paper piecing.  This method of patchwork is entirely handstitched with the use of paper printouts that establish perfect geometric shapes.

offset Star Blossomblock

I've designed an original English paper piecing motif, my "Star Blossom", which makes a large hexagon block.  There's also one project that combines this technique with embroidery and applique! Fun, fun.

Loop de doo project

Week 7:  Applique - In "regular" applique, as opposed to reverse applique, the desired shape is layered over a background fabric.  I'll show you how to use fusibles to simplify applique and make it more durable.  In addition to applique with fabrics, the Loop de doo project works with continuous lines.

Loop de doo...

Ok, I'll confess, I'm entirely smitten with this skirt.  You can use this simple technique to embellish any hem (skirt or dress) or even a tablecloth.  Oh, the possibilities!

Modern Medallion quilting

Week 9:  Hand quilting -  Learn all the ropes to hand quilting, from hiding those knots to using a thimble.  I'll be demonstrating all hand quilting with pearl cotton, that chunky, luminous thread that we modern quilters love.  One project is designed to hone neat, even stitches.  Otherwise we'll be experimenting with how to use hand quilting to add beauty or make a strong statement for your quilts or patchwork.

Orange peel hand quilting

::My Class Formats::

All classes are delivered via password protected blogs.  I love this format because with a blog you have access to the class at any time and from anywhere, with an interactive format that allows me to publicly answer questions.  Blog posts go up regularly as the class progresses.  Students are also encouraged to use a free Flickr account to upload photos of their projects to the Stitched in Color flickr group.  This group is a great way to see what others are making, form friendships and ask questions of your fellow students in the discussion threads!

With both Curves and Handstitched, you can choose from 3 class levels:
  • The super affordable Basic Class includes everything you're used to seeing from me in the way of detailed, step-by-step picture-packed tutorials and access to all projects at $35/$45.  
  • The Premium Class adds extra helpful (and time-intensive) features like videos and a PDF eBook of the entire course at $55/$65.  
  • Then there is a smaller, more intimate Camp for folks who want it all, plus lots of interaction, with the give and take encouragement you'd experience in a real in-person class at $85.  Each camp is limited to 20 campers.  We'll enjoy (5) live community chats, each an hour in length, plus a private Flickr group to help us keep up with our works-in-progress.  And, campers who complete 1 project from each week of class within 30 days of the last lesson will receive a little something handmade by me as a souvenir.  I hope I get to make one for each of you!

There is an early registration discount of $10 for Basic and Premium levels, only applicable during the first week of registration (Jan 1st through 7th).  So, plan ahead!

Your access to the class blog will remain open 30 days after the last day of class, during which time I will continue answering questions.  After those 30 days, the blog will be closed and you will no longer be able to login.  This provides much-need motivation for us to get everything we can out of the class in real time, rather than leaving it open ended for "someday."  But remember, if you buy the Premium or Camp versions, you'll have an eBook for your continued reference, so you can still enjoy any projects you missed!

::Summary::

Registration for both class opens on January 1st.

Please choose just one class!  I promise - you wouldn't be able to be active in both classes simultaneously. My classes are chock full with lots of material to make them worth your time and money. 

Curves Class (5 week course) runs January 19th through February 19th.  New material is posted day to day in this class, with weekly themes:  Basic Curves, Improv Curves, Precise Curves, Advanced Curves, Curvy Quilts.

Handstitched Class (9 week course, 5 weeks of instruction) runs January 19th through March 19th.  New material is posted day to day during instruction weeks, which alternate with weeks "off" to work at your stitching.  Weekly themes:  Reverse Applique, Embroidery, English Paper Piecing, Applique, Hand Quilting.

Questions?  Comments?  I hope you'll be making plans to join in!

Friday, December 26, 2014

alphabet stitchery

Hello there!  Well, I did just skip over Christmas, didn't I?  A belated Happy Holidays to you!  We had a quiet, relaxing holiday quite free from screens and quite full of fun.  I hope you did and do too!

Today I want to pop in to share a new finish...

Stitchery alphabet wall

Do you like my alphabet stitchery?  I do!  It feels SO good to finally have something up on the walls in this room.

Stitchery alphabet wall

Luckily I was finishing these up just as I caught the crochet bug.  Now my hands are elbow deep in yarn most cozy evenings.  These cross stitched letters came through just in the nick of time!

And, no, they do not spell anything.  Everyone, everyone, everyone seems to think I'm pretty odd to choose random letters like this rather than spelling the baby's name.  Don't they know I am odd by now?  Wink.  People should expect these things.  I totally chose the letters by their shape!

Anyhoo, I told Brandon maybe we should consider Katirdemuy as a middle name... 

Stitchery alphabet wall

Each letter is stitched in pearl cotton size 8 on black aida cloth, 11 and 14 count, usually skipping ever other hole to make the letters large enough.  The cross stitch pattern is from Anna Maria's Needleworks Notebook.  I think it worked out well keeping the letter pattern cohesive, rather than mixing fonts up.  It was certainly easier too!  The finished works are wrapped and stapled around inexpensive stretched canvases ordered online from Blick's.

That's one wall happily adorned!

fresh new Nursery

But, across from the changing table and above the crib are these built in white shelves.  Any ideas how I should decorate them?  I have a few cute board books, but other than that and the random things that have landed there...  Well, I guess I'm still waiting to discover a vision for that space.  Maybe I'll full around with it over this long holiday weekend.

Enjoy yours!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

giving Birth

I've been thinking a lot lately about giving birth.  Suddenly, it's almost all I can think of, actually.  I have about 9 more weeks before I expect that to happen, so it's not as if I'm running short of time to prepare myself, but for whatever reason the time for planning, processing and preparing is now

Today it's gloomy outside, the second day in a row that it's been too cloudy to photograph what I've been sewing.  So instead I thought I'd share some personal things, perhaps to give you a context for what I might share later on when baby comes or perhaps more as a way of working through these feelings myself.  Let's imagine we're sitting together over some stitching, having a heart to heart. Shall we?

bring your stitching

I gave birth to both Aria and Liam at home, planned home births with certified midwives, assistants, my mother, my husband, even little Aria attending that second birth.  Growing up, I never would have thought that would be me.  It didn't "run" in my family or anything!  But, as it turns out, making an unusual birth choice was the first of many, many unusual lifestyle choices our family would embrace.

Why at home?  Well, my research and my heart felt it was the safest, happiest place we could be.  That's a very personal, complex decision and one I'd never want make for another woman.  There are definitely many versions of a happy, successful birth.  So props to all moms!  (But, if you're curious about the why's and how's of home birth, consider these reads:  Henci Goer, Ina May Gaskin and Jennifer Block, plus the film The Business of Being Born.)

Was I scared?  Oh, yes.  Going into that first birth, I didn't know if I could do it.  I reviewed transfer-to-hospital plans carefully with my midwife and tried to keep an open mind about what would happen.  I labored about 12 hours with Aria, all slow and steady.  Lots of pain.  I'll never forget those dark early hours searching in vain for a comfortable position in the water.  And then how the morning light came, and it made me angry that I was still suffering.  And, how my mom held my hands from outside the tub, letting me pull against her and holding me together with her strong eyes locked on mine.  How I marveled that she had done this for me long ago.  How I doubted I could.  How I wished to be rescued.

That was "transition", the term they give to the last bit of dilation, before you start pushing.  I did feel desperate then, but it passed.  After 2 hours of pushing in the tub, Aria was born as soon as I came out of the water.  Because of a low lying placenta, I hemorrhaged after birth.  My capable and prepared midwives treated me with the same drugs that I would have had in the hospital to stop the bleeding and all turned out well. 

I was glad I gave birth at home.  I was proud of myself for doing what I felt was best for my body and my baby.  So, I did it again with Liam.  Only, it was so. much. better!

That second time around I truly anticipated birth day.  I knew I could handle the pain.  I expected things to be a little easier, being a second birth.  And, most of all, I wasn't scared!  One of my clearest memories from that birth is smiling between contractions as I thought about getting to meet my baby boy so soon.  It was a happy night!  Still 12 hours of labor, but I truly felt calm and purposeful the whole time.  Liam was almost 2 lbs bigger than Aria, but his birth was a joy.  Yes, it hurt, but I knew in every fiber of my being that it was worth it, that we were safe and that I could do it.  Also, I had a great, hands-on doula.  When it was all over, I felt a huge sense of accomplishment!

So.... in the years that followed, when I grieved being "done" having children, I also grieved being done giving birth.  I had enjoyed my pregnancies.  My births were experiences I treasured.   And I guess that is why I am sharing this with you.  It's part of who I am.  Giving birth to Eleni is an experience I completely anticipate.  I want to prepare well, and I want to do well. 

These days I am wondering... would I like to have a birth tub?  Will using hypnobabies (wide-awake, self-hypnosis for child birth) help to shorten my labor and/or diminish felt pain?  Would I like to have girlfriends at my birth?  How to prepare Aria and Liam to benefit from and enjoy the big day?  As well as a few more sinister questions such as, will I make it full term at all?  Unfortunately, there have been some minor complications with this pregnancy that could derail plans.  It's important to be low-risk and very healthy to attempt a home birth.  Of course, it's also important that baby is full term!

I know that some of you are pregnant, and even more of you have given birth in years past.  Whatever your story or plans, we mothers are all part of a true miracle and a privilege.  Birth is not an obstacle to endure so much as a rite of passage, a momentous event and, even... possibly, one of the best days of your life.

May it be so.

xo,

Rachel



Monday, December 22, 2014

enter Mobius

You know, I don't think I do a lot of random fabric shopping.  Of course that's relative, but when I think of how often I sew and how much I use my fabric...  well I don't very often buy fabric on a whim.  But last time I was doing some shopping, replenishing my supply of that Sweetwater text print and buying some Christmas surprises for Aria, I came across two very striking stripes at The Intrepid Thread...

Mobius Stripe palettes

These are Mobius stripes from Jeni Baker's Geometric Bliss collection.  On left is the Cool color palette and on right is the Warm one.  I couldn't figure out which color palette I liked most, though I tried at first to settle on just one!  I love the soft, cool, pastel-like tones. They're unusual for me, but feel so right at this time of year.  I love them for their wide, bold, color-outside-the-lines personality and for those cute, black flower-blobs too.  I just felt so drawn to these, and I had to have them both.

Mobius Stripe palettes

Okay, so if I was going to go all crazy-like and buy a multicolor print (TWO multicolor prints) for no reason, I'd better go ahead and think of a reason.  Oh, I know... a quilt!  Bet you didn't see that coming.  Into my bag went a mishmash of stripes also from The Intrepid Thread.  I'm thinking an all stripes and solids quilt!  Maybe I can use both mobius stripe prints in the same work, but keep the color palettes divided somehow.  Hmm....

From left: Bungalow Stripes MaizeCitrus Small Stripe Citrus, Citrus Small Stripe Aqua, Bungalow Stripes LavenderTerra Australis Blue, Calendar Vanilla Splash.

Mobius Stripe palettes

At home I've used each mobius stripe print as a color guide, pulling stripes from my stash to accompany the new stripes from The Intrepid Thread.  Pretty, right?

Mobius Stripe palettes

Now I think I like the warm palette more, but I don't know...  Still thinking I'll try to use them both together, but as distinct entities in one quilt. 

Mobius Stripe palettes

I'll add in Kona solids, like these new colors charm squares and various solids from my scrap drawers. Maybe it'll turn into something rather interesting.  I have a feeling this one is going to be good! 

It's actually such a treat to make a quilt "for no reason".  Not for a pattern.  Not for a class.  Not for a friend or relative or even my kids.  This one is just for the process.  Hurray!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Six days till....

you know what.

This year I'm not making any big, special gifts.  Instead I'm crafting a trickle of little, useful gifts.  Hopefully they'll all serve well at their new homes. 

no. 1  Attack of the Triangles boxy zip pouch

attack of the triangles zip pouch

Pile of cool toned triangle scraps on Kona Ash with Kona Lake contrast and a purple zipper.  Do you doubt my sanity?  I mean, it's a PURPLE zipper. 

attack of the triangles zip pouch

Triangles settle in a tight formation.  Tactical response? Glue baste and zigzag applique.

attack of the triangles zip pouch

And...  Triangles utterly defeated.

attack of the triangles zip pouch

Purple zipper?  Oh yes.


no. 2  Subtle Sage Green potholders

Some kitchens require sage green potholders.  Some sewists like sage green.  This one, however, does not.  But sage is close to mint and pairs well with blue.  In fact, why not add some gray, while you're at it?  Just so long as there's sage in there somewhere...

two harmless potholders

Ta da!  Two harmless potholders a la my Easy Peasy Potholders tutorial.


no. 3  "Snapshot" Kitchen Towels

I never would have thought to put polaroids on towels.  Would you?

polaroid kitchen towels

But when my mom realized I was snooping around her new kitchen, plotting some patchwork kitchen towels (she's a smart one, that mom) she asked for "snapshots".

polaroid patchwork kitchen towels

Hadn't thought of this style for ages, but she remembered it from when I made a polaroid quilt with the Love circle way back when. It was fun to revisit the block.  Hope the finish isn't too cutesy for her though!  Polaroids want to be cutesy.  I resisted in vain.

These are the last of the gifts I'll be sharing in this space.  Not that I don't have two more little things to make before Christmas... But let's not think about that today. Today I'm hankering after longterm projects.  Time to settle in for a cozy, crafty weekend.  Best wishes to all!


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!)

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