Tuesday, January 4, 2011

John Deere Baby Quilt

This quilt was not commissioned by anyone. It was a case of love at first site in the fabric store. The front is regular cotton and the back is a snuggly flannel. I love the cute little cows, horses, sheep and tractors. I have two little boys who love everything John Deere, so my eye is automatically drawn to the fabrics that John Deere produces. They really have quite a big selection of a lot of fun things for babies and children.

I had noticed in my browsing a red barn-wood print that ended up going perfectly with this quilt as a binding.

I have recently changed my method of binding as well. I still machine attach one side and then blind stitch the other, but after a little research and noticing that the aging binding on the quilts of my older children was beginning to wear out, I decided that from now on I'm going to use bias binding whenever possible. I found a great tutorial here and have been using the instructions to make the continuous-cut bias tape for all of my past several quilts.

This quilt is currently at Lucky's Grill, waiting for an owner. The price for this snuggly little guy is $50.

Cupcake Car Seat Tent

I recently completed this car seat tent for a friend, along with six burp cloths. Originally, she asked for brown and pink polka dots, but I saw this cupcake pattern and fell in love. Fortunately, she agreed!

I no longer have an infant carrier to use for display with the car seat tents. You just have to use your imagination to see them draped elegantly around a sweet little bundle. Both the front and back of this particular cover are regular cotton. The back is the diagonal stripe that I used for the straps and you can see it in the detail photo below.

Don't those cupcakes make your mouth water?

I edge-stitched both the tent and the burp cloths with a very simple wave design in pink. My only regret was that I didn't get pictures of the burp cloth bundle before I sent it off. My friend showed up to pick it up literally as I was tying the ribbon around the cloths. The front was a rich chocolate brown with tiny polka-specs (not big enough to be called dots) in pink, cream and green. The back was a pinky-coral crackled design. Both, of course, were in flannel and they went with the cupcake fabric very well.