Tuesday, December 13, 2016

baby blanket

newborn Elora

First things first, a blanket for this baby.  It should be cuddly, sweet and small...


During the Thanksgiving sales I indulged in another cut of that darling "clothesline flora" by Kimberly Kight.  It was one of my favorite background fabrics for Eleni's photos, inspired my Pink Latte quilt and still has my heart all these months later.  Clothesline flora can be hard to find, but you can get a bit in this Lucky Stripes bundle at Fat Quarter Shop.  I actually bought a stack of Kimberly Kight prints in the sales.   She's a new favorite for me!  Her style and scale reminds me of Denyse Schmidt - so nicely suited for patchwork.

My first try at selecting fabrics for Elora's blanket included light to medium value fabrics with several picks from Lucky Stripes and even some saturated Anna Maria Horner prints.  I liked it, but it didn't seem very "baby"...  So I tried narrowing my selections to lower value prints and adding a pale pink solid called Kona Pale Flesh.

Sherpa Flora baby blanket

Seriously, Pale Flesh.  Such a terrible name for a color!  I've had this shade in my stash for awhile but never actually used it.  Turns out it is a lovely, subtle pink shade.  In fact, I liked it so much that I decided to make every other row of triangles in her blanket Kona Pale Flesh or Tiger Stripes (which happens to match Pale Flesh quite well).

Sherpa Flora baby blanket

I'm cutting 3" tall triangles with the Tri-Recs ruler set.  Silly me, I should have used this before!  It's designed for triangle-in-squares and half square rectangles, so it would have been perfect for a few quilts I've made this year.  Well, I'm using it now!  These wee little triangles will finish 2.5" tall.  Soooo cute.

Sherpa Flora baby blanket

After piecing the quilt top, I cut a 26" square of organic sherpa cotton by Michael Miller.  I've used this fabric before to make baby clothes and hats.  It's cuddly, but breathable and natural with a lovely drape, since it's a knit.  I basted the quilt top to the sherpa without batting to keep it from getting stiff or heavy.

Sherpa Flora baby blanket

On a whim I decided to hand quilt with pink size 8 pearl cotton.  The sweet little work was a quick finish!  I love the way the quilting dresses up the back, yet doesn't distract from the quiet patchwork front.

Sherpa Flora baby blanket

She's bound in more Pale Flesh and ready to be cuddled today! 

Sherpa Flora baby blanket

Sherpa Flora baby blanket

But I think I'll skip the blanket and cuddle the baby. 

newborn Elora

Oh, this baby!!!

 newborn Elora

Love.




63 comments:

  1. Adorable!!! Blanket and especially the baby. Such a precious little cutie. Just beautiful!!!

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  2. Love everything about this post! Love the quilt, LOVE the baby(!!!), and love that sweet little bonnet!!! Was it made by you or a loved one? And matching romper?! Love love love! Your photography is beautiful too.

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    1. Thanks, Ruth! I ordered the hat and little bottoms from an Etsy shop in Romania: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaturiciPentruPitici I only realized a week before her birth that I wanted to have something like that for newborn photos.

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  3. Her expressions are the best! The best. And I love the fabrics in the quilt too.

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  4. Oh my goodness! LOVE is right! She is precious, adorable and perfect! If I ever have another baby, I am totally making this blanket! Love it sooo much! Thanks for sharing these awesome photos with us! Big hugs!

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  5. Your new quilt is so sweet, Rachel. I like the choice of colors and prints. And the hand quilting... lovely. But... your little baby... she is adorable!! :) Have a great time! Jolana

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  6. Elora is so so cute and your little quilt is perfect for her:-)

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  7. She's so precious! Seeing her quilt makes me want to get out my Tri-Recs. I'm pretty sure I have that ruler set!

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    1. Maybe that's a good reason for putting rulers on walls, as some do. Could help me remember to use them!

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  8. YAY!!! BABY PICTURES!! She is absolutely adorable, Rachel!!! I love her little face and eyes! and the smile! Be still my heart (and calm down there, ovaries, lol). She's so lovely. Love the little blanket/quilt too. The colors are lovely. I recently made my Maggie a dress from that Clothesline Floral, I love that fabric. Go back a few posts on my blog if you want to see it. :)

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  9. Oh my heart! Such a beautiful child and a darling quilt! All love!

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  10. She is so lovely- those expressions are just so sweet! I just read that Kona was renaming this color to Shell and another color was being renamed as well... http://quiltingjetgirl.com/2016/12/03/the-power-of-asking/

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  11. These pictures made my day. How incredibly sweet. The quilt and the baby!

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  12. Rest assured, RK has renamed Pale Flesh to Shell: http://quiltingjetgirl.com/2016/12/03/the-power-of-asking/. They must have eventually realized that it sounded like uncooked hamburger or worse. The blanket is precious, as is Elora.

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  13. It is easy for me to see that darling Elora has lots of sweet personality already. I love her bright, curious eyes. You must be having so much fun! In the eternities Elora and Eleni will be the best of sister friends. I strongly believe you can have the opportunity of raising Eleni after your Resurrection. She will be restored to you as an infant with a perfect body. Imagine raising a perfect baby with no teething or fevers! Yes, you paid the ultimate price for this. So enjoy all this glorious time with your awesome family now!

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  14. That SMILE! Swooooon.
    And, because it's a quilt blog and I "ought" to say something quilty, I like that floral print, too. I've just finished a friend's baby quilt using the dark blue version, and sacrificed all but one strip to the binding, and then gave her away. I feel better if I keep a little strip, or a square, because I know it'll make it into a scrap quilt for ME someday!

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    1. I also bought the dark blue version this time. Looking forward to using it someday!

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  15. How adorable sweet 1 That smile so gorgeous and that little hat soo cute. Thanks for those lovely photos and of course, the quilt is beautiful as well.

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  16. She is just the most beautiful baby! I think she may have given me a touch of baby fever, I feel it in my arms, my eyes, and if it gets to my head and heart I may not recover ;) You are blessed mama!
    The quilt is of course, wonderful but yes, cuddle the baby!
    They do have some funny names for some of the colors don't they.
    I should get some of that floral before it is out of print :)

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  17. The fabric and quilt are darling! But Elora......... Is absolutely a precious angel from God. Pure perfection!

    Leslie

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  18. That blanket is absolutely gorgeous and your little Elora is stunning. What a joyous and happy Christmas you will all have together. Blessings to you all !

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  19. Such a precious bundle of sweetness!

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  20. She is so happy!
    The quilt is really cute. How fun, I love triangles
    Oh this baby indeed! I literally horsed around with my Sarah (18mos) all day.

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  21. What a cutie pie. She is beautiful! I love the blanket too, so pretty!

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  22. I can't look at your quilt because your baby's pictures are so stinking cute!!

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  23. Gah, she's adorable! Nice quilt too.

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  24. Oh how wonderful she is! I am so happy for you and your family to have such an angel. Her little blanket is beautiful too. Perfect for a cherub.

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  25. "Shell" is so much better than "pale flesh". Thanks to Yvonne for asking and to Kona for responding.

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    1. Oh, the name got changed? I had no idea!! Well, that is a good thing in my book, haha.

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  26. What a beautiful little girl. And the quilt is great too.
    What are the measurements? I believe you said a 26" square. That's pretty small isn't it?

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    1. Yep, it's a tiny little thing. The finished quilt is about 25" square. Each triangle finished 2.5" high. Have a nice weekend, Sandra!

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  27. Beautiful quilt and beautiful baby. My heart sings for you.

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  28. Beautiful quilt....but OMG.....what a sweet little peanut! Look at that little face.....SO SWEET! She's so adorable!

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  29. Well goodness they are both so incredibly gorgeous! Elora is just such a lovely baby xx

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  30. Well goodness they are both so incredibly gorgeous! Elora is just such a lovely baby xx

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  31. Aw, she's gorgeous! So happy for you and your family!

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  32. A beautiful cuddly quilt for a beautiful cuddly baby, the perfect fit 😊.

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  33. That little quilt is almost as adorable as Elora. Both are just gorgeous malorgeous ❤️❤️❤️

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  34. Love your cute little quilt that you just seemed to whip up :)! Love the cute faces on your new little one. So precious!!

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  35. Precious photos! I love the knitted cap and her quilt. Did you make it?
    Merry Christmas

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  36. What a sweet quilt for a sweet baby! That smile is precious!! Congratulations again! I have some of that Pale Flesh fabric as well, and I think I only used it as doll skin so far, but I really like it in the quilt!! Have a great Christmas and New Year!!

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  37. Rachel, I know your Christmas will be filled with Joy and Love, and that sweet, adorable baby. She already is showing off her personality and love for the camera, so you will have a willing model for all your projects. Love the knitted outfit she is wearing for this photo shoot. Did you make it?

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  38. How sweet and great pics!

    Merry Christmas!

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  39. What a cutie! And a lovely quilt, too. Merry Christmas!

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  40. Congratulations! So happy to read your happy news.

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  41. ПОЗДРАВЛЯЮ!!! Маленькая куколка, счастья и здоровья!
    CONGRATULATIONS!!! A little doll, happiness and health!

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  42. She is such a precious baby. Lovely quilt for her, Rachel.

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  43. Your blanket is pretty, but I think that's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen ! I would never put her down.

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  44. Your blanket is very pretty and your baby omg , adorable!

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  45. Beautiful girl with a gorgeous quilt! Such a lovely soul for a wonderful family!

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  46. Oh my goodness; dear, sweet, Elora! I am sure that you are over the moon in love because I feel love for this child through this blog. I can only imagine how wonderful it feels to hold her close and smell her baby freshness.

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  47. Elora is adorable. What a fetching child Love the quilt, too. You always hit a home run with your quilts and this one is out of the ball park.

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  48. My heart soars. She is beautiful. And such a lovely quilt too.

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  49. What a joyous post. Lovely quilt and sweetest baby girl ever.

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  50. What an angel! She is adorable and so sweetly loved. I hope your holidays are warm and cosy:)

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  51. So beautiful! That baby, and her little blanket. The quilting is the perfect, sweet touch. It makes me want to go whip up one just like it right now! Only nothing ever gets "whipped up" quickly at all around here. :)

    Also, I love my triangle rulers!! I'm so glad you taught us how to cut them with standard rulers in Angled because I need to do large ones that way. But for the small ones, the ruler is just so handy.

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  52. Elora is beautiful! And the triangle quilt is lovely! Makes me want to go back to the Angled class...

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