Monday, January 30, 2023

A New Bundle of Joy

Yes, one of my "adopted" family members has a new bundle of joy on the way.  I made a quilt for her big brother, and I decided to start on hers even though she isn't due for a few months.  Starting with Electric Quilt software,  I tried several ideas for the quilt.  Here is my current version of the quilt, although the colors are subject to change based on what is in my stash! 
Since I have been doing lots of fusible applique for the faces and other art quilts, I decided that I could certainly do some simple applique on a baby quilt. 
I didn't have all the exact things in EQ -so these are a rough approximation of the applique pieces. 

However,  I got going and have the applique pieces fused onto the background blocks.  It is also pieced together! 
First, I put the three hearts, cutting out one bit of the underneath one. The AccuQuilt die cuts three hearts so I decided to use them all - Why not? Right?
The bit that was cut away became the belly of the bluebird. So, that wasn't wasted. 
But then I keep fused scraps that are pretty small because sometimes a little is all you need. 

Next up are the Sunbonnet Sue and Sam.  These are an absolute CHEAT!  Yes, I had some cheater cloth with these on it. I can't imagine making an entire quilt with all of them the same.  I had the great idea of adding fusible behind two of them and fussy cutting them from the fabric. I think they came out great. Once the outline quilting on them is done they will look like I did all the work! Ha ha. 

The bottom row is done with the Puppy Dog die from AccuQuilt.  The red one was already cut and in my fused fabric bin.  I cut the purple one to be facing the opposite direction and gave it a red ear. 
I chose the dog motif because the family has a dog that protects "little man" as if he were her own puppy. I am sure she will do the same with "little miss" once she is crawling around. 

The rest of this will be just as easy with four patches and half-square triangles. I am seriously debating adding more applique perhaps in the four patches. I think some small hearts and stars would add a bit more pizazz to the quilt. What do you think? Should I add to it, or let the center be the star of the show?  

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 

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Barbara said...

Very sweet, Gene, no matter what colors you end up using! Assuming the new baby is a girl?

Vicki W said...

That's going to be such a cute quilt!

Jeanna said...

Such a cute beginning, Gene. You had me fooled with the Sunbonnet Sue and Sam. It wouldn't have surprised me one bit if you said you had appliqued all those pieces. I'm not sure I would add more. I like the idea of the center being the star...but, that opinion may change as you get further along.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Nice! Cheater cloth can be great.

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful quilting! Valerie

Iris Flavia said...

Wow, this is so cute. I bet they will keep these treasures forever!

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

What a sweet quilt! I like the idea of keeping the center the star - it looks great! And "cheater" fabric is perfect for so many things - ;))

roentare said...

These are so sweet looking quilts!

Kathleen said...

What a sweet quilt this will be for the new little one! Cheater fabric always works, we would have been none the wiser if you hadn't spilled the beans.

DVArtist said...

This is so precious. You just keep creating and surprising me.