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Fabric for Baby Quilt

There is a child in our community that is pregnant and the ladies of our church have kind of taken her on as their own, but remember I am from a small town and when I saw the ladies of our church I mean less than 10, now there are a few more than that at church but I mean folks that will help her with it. This child is only in the 8th grade and her family will not have anything to do with her now. I am not sure I can do it but I would like to try and make a baby quilt out of flannel for her, for the shower we are going to give her. We do not know who this person is, I am sure if I asked around I could find out but I don't really care, I am just sorry this has happened to her. Anyway, last week someone posted links to fabric for youngsters, well I didn't bookmark it because I didn't know about this child having a baby. Now I need those links. Also, I am just going to do plain ole squares of some sort, because as you know I haven't done anything yet except buy and wash fabric and tried to make a 4 piece square out of squares and they sucked badly. This is going to be my project that I am considering trying to do by hand since I am not going to be able to be at the sewing machine.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Anyone want to do it for me, ROFL, I am sure everyone will jump at that one. Do you all think that it is too much for me to take on?
OK while I am at it I am going to post a list of things I want to do next year and then you all can laugh at me or with me if I don't get them all done or you can rejoice with me when I do.
1. I want a quilt for my bedroom done in blues and yellows I guess since I can't find the pink I want and I did break down and buy blue drapes so I could get rid of my rose ones. Have fabric for this one
2. A lap quilt for my father in a hunting, outdoor theme have fabric or most of the fabric for this one
3. A cat quilt for my sister have the fabric for this one
4. A quilt out of the Moda 3 sister's chocolat fabric for my guest bedroom. Already bought new drapes for it, too. have the fabric for this one
5. A NC Tarheels quilt for my nephew, even though we live in KY and he is going to a branch of UK now, but will soon be going to pharmacy school in Virginia, or at least we hope he is accepted there. And if I can find the fabric for it. have no idea where to find the fabric for this one
6. I want to make a couple of quilts for the Methodist children's home for Christmas next year. Can use anything for these, so I am sure I have fabric for them also.
7. I still have another sister. LOL Gotta figure a theme or something for this one.
8. A quilt done in musical notes, etc. for our choir director at church, which happens to be my best friend's husband. got the fabric for this
9. One done in cats or musical stuff for our piano/organist, which happens to be my best friend. Might have enough fabric for this one
10. This baby quilt gotta buy the fabric for this one.
11. Those place mats. You all know I have the fabric for this one.
Now is that too much for me to plan on doing? I figure on one project a month and they will all be done by machine except maybe the baby one and if able it may be quilted by machine, also.
Oh, and you all have me ruined, I love fabric even if I have no idea what to do with it yet.
Jacqueline, who is crazy in KY
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Jacqueline from KY
Sorry, Jacqueline, I think this is far too much to plan (and I am a planner!) You can hit snags even with simple quilts. A schedule of one per month is extremely tight - if not impossible. Having had a year of pressured work, I would suggest that you pick the three you most want to do, don't give yourself any deadline at all (unless it is for a birthday or something), and enjoy the ride. Over the past five years, I have worked to deadlines of one sort or another the whole time, and I can assure you that the pressure removes all the enjoyment. As you are so early in your P&Q 'career', there is time to plan to go more easy on yourself >g< . In message , JacquelinefromKY@?.?.invalid writes
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Patti
Patti, I figured it was too much but I guess I just wanted someone to tell me so. I would love to do them all but then what would I do next year, make a quilt for every child in the children's home? Oh, Don't I wish.
Well, do you think I can do the baby quilt by hand and do it with flannels?
Jacqueline in KY who is still crazy.
On Mon, 30 Oct 2006 08:10:49 +0000, Patti wrote:
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Jacqueline from KY
I'm not sure that I would plan on handpiecing a flannel quilt; but if you do, be sure to use deeper seams, more like 1/2 inch. because the seams really do pull and ravel. A flannel backing might be more practical if you are going to hand piece a top.
And I agree that your plan-to-do-list is too long for 1 year -- make it your 5 year plan!
Elizabeth in Spring, Texas
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elspeth
Elizabeth has given you good advice about sewing and using flannel for the quilt. *However*, flannel = shrinkage, and quite a lot of it. I don't use it myself, but some users have washed it twice and still had shrinkage the second time. Washing in hot water should mean you only need to do it once.
By the way, crazy is good! (in this context!).
In message , JacquelinefromKY@?.?.invalid writes >Patti, I figured it was too much but I guess I just wanted someone to >tell me so. I would love to do them all but then what would I do next >year, make a quilt for every child in the children's home? Oh, Don't >I wish. > >Well, do you think I can do the baby quilt by hand and do it with >flannels? > >Jacqueline in KY who is still crazy.
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Patti
If you need to get the quilt done quickly, do one where the rows are offset and that way you don't have to match seams. By this I mean have the first row made of whole blocks -- say all 6" square. The second row should have a half block at the beginning and the end and full blocks in-between. If you do this, just remember that you have to cut those half blocks separately so that they have the proper seam allowance. If the full blocks are CUT at 6.5" then the half blocks need to be cut at 3.5" to get everything to come out properly. This makes a VERY quick and easy quilt and is even better (IMNSHO) if it is scrappy. I but the full blocks out of a bunch of totally different fabrics and toss them into a paper sack. Then I do the same with the half blocks. To make the rows, I just reach into the proper bag and use whichever block I happen to grab. I only worry about color when I happen to pull the same block out of the bag one right after the other.. Once you get the quilt finished, be sure to take a photo and post it so we can have a look see, OK? Good Luck and CiaoMeow >^;;^< PAX, Tia Mary >^;;^< (RCTQ Queen of Kitties) Angels can't show their wings on earth but nothing was ever said about their whiskers! Visit my Photo albums at
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Tia Mary
When is the shower? I am going to be a wet blanket and suggest that you not try to make a quilt for her if the shower is relatively soon. You have never completed a quilt, is that correct? So, you would be putting a lot of pressure on yourself to try to get this done quickly, especially if you have other deadlines looming.
My suggestion is to just start with something. At a certain point, stop planning and just do it. I believe you have a lot of 4.5" squares. Just put them together, sandwich, baste, and quilt. You need to have at least ONE quilt completed, then look back at all the mistakes and then try to fix them on the second quilt.
My first three quilts had mismatched seams, seams that went every which way, uneven bindings, puckering, rhomboids (not squares), almost every possible mistake one could make. But, if I had waited until I had it all figured out, I would never have gotten started.
Stop planning and just do it. THEN, you can try to do the rest of your list.
-- Anita --
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Irrational Number
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> Sorry, Jacqueline, I think this is far too much to plan (and I am a > planner!) > You can hit snags even with simple quilts. A schedule of one per month > is extremely tight - if not impossible. > Having had a year of pressured work, I would suggest that you pick the > three you most want to do, don't give yourself any deadline at all > (unless it is for a birthday or something), and enjoy the ride. Over > the past five years, I have worked to deadlines of one sort or another > the whole time, and I can assure you that the pressure removes all the > enjoyment. > As you are so early in your P&Q 'career', there is time to plan to go > more easy on yourself >g
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Sandy Foster
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I've used flannel for baby quilts, and I'd strongly suggest machine sewing it. I hand stitched the bindings and learned my lesson; baby quilts take a *beating* and flannel isn't as "stable" as some other fabrics. Sewing it by machine would probably mean a longer life for that baby's quilt.
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Sandy Foster
For a quick baby gift I sometimes take a preprinted panel or bright print fabric and add flannel backing using the "pillow case" method. Pre-wash everything. Lay the two pieces of fabric right sides together pinning around the edges. Following the top fabric outline, sew around the entire piece leaving an opening large enough to put your hand through. Trim the seam allowances on all four corners diagonally to reduce the bulk. Turn the sewn pieces to the right side. Make sure the corners are as nice as possible. Finger press the sewn edge so the back fabric doesn't show on the front. Pin around the edges to hold the fabrics in place and top stitch 1/4" from the edge. Now by hand add ties about every four inches all over the top or follow the pattern of the fabric to decide where to make ties. I use pearl cotton and square knots for the ties. The result is a warm, snuggly blanket that has lots of love. One tradition that I enjoy is saying a prayer for the mother and baby with each knot. I add a label to the back which gives the baby's name and date of birth (if given after the birth) but always says something about the quilt being made with love and prayers for this special little child. If the quilt is going to someone I know I will add my name. If it is going to charity I only add innitials. I have used this technique to help friends who don't quilt or physically can no longer quilt make presents or donations. I do the machine work and then take it to them to add the ties. If the person is handicapped I usually add the pearl cotton but leave the tying to the handicapped person. They have a real feeling of accomplishment and pride in having made the gift.
Susan
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Susan Laity Price
You knew Patti was right, and just needed confirmation? Good lass! :)
For your stray lamb, why not make a minky 'quilt' with a single layer of minky and a flannel back? Bag it (sew into a bag, 3/4 of the way round, turn through and slip stitch the hole closed), and tie it. baby will never know the difference, and little mum will love that you cared where her own folk didn't.
Whatever the rights and wrongs if the situation, it certainly isn't the baby's fault it got to happen this way: you do what you can for it, but don't tangle yourself in madly impossible deadlines! Better simple and finished in time that bogged down in deadlines.
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Kate Dicey
Well since I was told not to try to hand stitch it I won't be doing it until after my surgery :( and I have no idea how long that will take to recover from.
Jacqueline
On Mon, 30 Oct 2006 09:49:09 -0500, Tia Mary wrote:
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Jacqueline from KY
We don't really know yet when the shower will be but it will be after the first of the year but at the same time, I will not be able to machine quilt or much of anything until after I have my surgery on the 10th and recover from that which is also probably going to be at least two months of PT.
Jacqueline
On Mon, 30 Oct 2006 14:58:48 GMT, Irrational Number wrote:
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Jacqueline from KY
The prayer technique is very thoughtful of you. I wouldn't have thought of a pre-printed panel. That is a good idea. For a quick quilt, I tend to make the rail fence pattern. Lately I have been tailoring the quilt to the size of the backing I have or the batting. It's a great way to use left over pieces (Since I tend to work in queen or twin, I have so many odd size pieces). DD attended a summer bible camp and they requested clothing or blankets for children to place in the holiday baskets. I made two quilts, one for a boy and one for a girl. I also do not reveal my full name. I also do not make a label. However, I will sign the back - first name only.
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