It is August, the eighth month, and I have eight humidicrib quilts finished – one for each month this year. Hurrah!
In an earlier post, I wrote about finishing the castle and panda quilt tops. Since then, I have quilted and bound those two and made a third.
The castle quilt was made using the castle pattern by Blossom Heart Quilts. I simply reduced the pattern to 90 per cent to fit the set size of the humidicribs. The pattern is foundation paper pieced, and straightforward for anyone who knows how to foundation paper piece.
The panda quilt uses the Fat Quarter Shop’s free panda pattern, with a bit of extra bamboo for good measure.
As promised, here is a picture of Big Ted, my childhood teddy bear, posing with the quilt he resembles. Big Ted is no longer really black and white. His white bits are a bit grey and grimy, and his black bits have faded with age. I have had to sew up his groin seam on more than one occasion. I was given him the day of my birth, so he is as ancient as I am. Given his age, he is holding up well.
The third quilt top was made using the Fat Quarter Shop’s Snapshots quilt-along pattern for a balloon, released in July.
I quilted and bound all three in a production line, stitching in the ditch around the main part of each design and filling in the backgrounds with swirls. I thought about quilting a cloud design behind the balloon, but in the end went for windy swirls. I do not think ballooning is safe when it is that windy, but we will attribute this to artistic licence.
I mentioned in my last humidicrib post that I was not able to use a cloud or rain print behind the castle because the fabric I had lacked contrast – the castle would have blended into the sky. After finishing that quilt top, I spotted a bolt of Sarah Jane’s Out to Sea range in a local fabric shop, and it told me I had to buy it for the next humidicrib quilt. It was perfect to add subtle clouds to the background of the balloon. I try to make these quilts from stash, but I am not against buying fabrics that suit baby quilts to add to my stash.
My enthusiasm for baby quilts never ceases to amaze me. Why is this? I have never had a baby myself, but I have such fun making for other people’s babies.