Monday, September 21, 2009

elia's quilt

elia's quilt-front
This past weekend we had a birthday party to go to for my dear friend's little girl. She turned one. And we went bearing gifts-I mean quilts!

This quilt is really two in one. I shared the tutorial for the front here. It is so easy and quick! I can't wait to try it in a different color scheme.
elia's quilt-back
For the back, I used a crib sheet I picked up at Target. It was on clearance and I loved the print. Since the quilt is 45" x 60", the sheet wasn't quite big enough to cover the entire back, so I added fabrics from my stash to make it larger. I LOVE the results.

Here's a closer view of the fabric in the middle panel.

To finish off the quilt, I bound it in a solid aqua.

To quilt it, I did an all over stipple. After washing and drying, I am happy to say that I love the front and the back. I usually have a favorite, but this time I think I love them both equally.

Also, I just HAD to make her a matching baby doll quilt to go with it. :)

88 comments:

Sophia said...

I LOVE this! Gotta make a red/aqua quilt!!!

Mama Pea Quilts said...

Both quilts (big and little) are adorable. There's something about red in a quilt that draws me.

When I make a baby quilt for a second wee one, I always include a doll quilt if the older sibling is a girl. It goes so fast and helps use up scraps from the bigger quilt. Then she gets a "present", too.

Do you always wash your quilts before gifting them?

Cheryl Arkison said...

Very cute!

amandajean said...

mama pea quilts,

yes, i try to wash and dry quilts before gifting them because they are so much softer afterwards. i didn't have time to wash the little doll quilt this time. i was finishing the binding a few hours before the party.

aj

Michelle said...

What a beautiful quilt. Elia is so lucky. The baby doll quilt is so sweet and such a thoughtful touch.

Bridget said...

Love it! Some how I missed the tutorial so thanks for linking to it, it looks amazing.

beth said...

super cute quilts! I never thought to make a doll quilt to match either.
Don't you LOVE giving quilts away? It's such a FUN gift to give, i think.

Allie said...

Beautiful quilts! I love that did a doll quilt to match, so fun.

RosaMarĂ­a said...

very cute!!! i love the back fabric!! i want try to make some one! have a great week!

Lisa said...

Beautiful quilts! Great idea using the crib sheet for the back and I love the doll quilt. I will have to start doing that. Thanks for the tip :-)

Lisa

Emily said...

That number fabric is Awesome!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

That is such a cute quilt! I love the aqua and red together. The different center block sizes are awesome. And the little doll quilt to match! So cute! I never thought about buying a crib sheet for the backing! That's a super saver idea. I see those on clearance all the time. What a great tip. Good job. Love it! Jenn

Tara said...

Adorable! Love the matching doll quilt!

Jodie B-C said...

I love the colors and what a brilliant idea to make the doll quilt to match! I will have to remember that with my next baby quilt gift!!

bearcreekquilter said...

Oh those turned out so cute!

Evelyn said...

Oh, I love the backing fabric! I'll have to go look at my local Target to see if they might have any left. Beautiful quilts!

Kris said...

Darling. Love the sheet idea!

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

A-dor-able! Thanks for sharing! That is so inspiring! Cute!! I bet she'll cherish it for a very long time.

Anna

Mountain Home Quilts said...

oh my gosh, what a lucky little girl! those both look fabulous!

MichelleB said...

Adorable quilts! Love the colors. What a lucky little girl.

etta said...

I loooooooove the colors!

Blue Is Bleu said...

Absolutely love this quilt! The colours are so great :) The doll quilt was a fab touch!

shellysquilts said...

Cute quilt! Well done!

Aimee said...

What a lucky girl! Fabulous, as always!

Carrie said...

Gorgeous!!

Cheryl said...

I love it!!! You always inspire me!

Life of Joy said...

What lucky friends you have. They are both beautiful.

ale balanzario said...

Love it, great color for your quilt, love the dolls quilt. :)

Debbie J @ Homemaking Dreams said...

As always, your quilt is fabulous. Please come look at my "Eliza Rose" quilt that I free motion quilted, thanks to your video. Its not perfect, but this is my favorite quilt that I've ever made! Thanks!

Dianne said...

Beautiful job - I have to make on like this, and that number fabric ROCKS!

DeeRoo said...

Note to self....always, always, always, check the clearance linens section at all stores for sheets...even the baby dept!!!
That quilt is great and the doll quilt....I couldn't show this to my 22 year old, she's not interested in quilts but doll stuff...that's another thing!:)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

So digging the aqua/red.

Lizzy said...

Both quilts are lovely. I've always wanted to try making a red/aqua quilt, but I don't have quite as good an eye as you do for combining fabrics. Mine always look... what's the right word? Busy? Forced? You get what I mean... I'm going to have to study your fabrics here to see if I can pick up any good guidelines for choosing my own fabrics. That little girl is super lucky!

Kimberly said...

That's so sweet, and I really love the crib sheet backing! Great scoop at Target!

Suzanne said...

You are so resourceful. Is the sheet 100% too? Do you have a stance on using fabrics that are not 100% cotton?

Yvonne said...

These are just beautiful. Good idea to make one for her doll as well.

PunkiePie said...

Super duper cute! Loving the doll quilt too.

Skipper said...

I love the back! I'll be keeping my eye out for clearance crib sheets now!

Whosies said...

love the colors and the krinliness. bonus for the little quilt. lucky dolls.

Danielle said...

super cute, both of them! great idea for the back, i always forget about sheets, now this time i'll remember, i hope! ;-)

Wendy B said...

ingenious idea for the back...and so simple!
thanks for sharing....I love it!
;o) Wendy B

Glenda said...

Fabulous front and back!

CJ said...

LOVE IT! A red & aqua quilt has to be in my future at some point.

Sandra said...

Very cute! Great idea!

NanaKaren said...

Awww! Too cute for words. I'm sure the little girl will love these a long time.
Karen

jabeybaby said...

Beautiful quilt! I love that you made the matching doll quilt, what a great idea!!

peaknits said...

I love this quilt! It is fabulous! Great idea with the crib quilt. And that doll quilt is priceless!

Renee said...

What a lovely gift! She's going to adore it. :)

Quilts on Bastings said...

I love the quilt - what a wonderful idea making a matching doll quilt!

Katie said...

i love it!! Love the sheet on the back!!

heather said...

very cute!! :)

Rene' said...

I love the color scheme of this quilt, and the matching baby doll quilt. I have started doing that as well for young girls. You said you washed and dried the quilt before gifting. Do you prefer this to washing the fabric before making the quilt or do you do both? Thanks. Love your blog. Rene'

Linda said...

I'm sure that she (and Erin) loved it! I love the aqua and red together!

One Flew Over said...

I love this quilt, the backing is sensational!

Jodie said...

What a lucky little girl - that backing is fantastic - what a great find!

Shoebotmom said...

I love this quilt. I was thinking about doing a baby quilt that was a combination of this quilt and your Ticker Tape quilt.....where the top would be large squares quilted in the ditch with the smaller squares in the centers being like those small ones from Ticker Tape. I just love both of those quilts!!! Your work is so lovely!

Annie said...

Amanda Jean, you are a machine! - I love it and the target sheet is PERFECT. I would like some of that fabric myself. Great idea!

Thimbleanna said...

Love Love LOVE it Crazy Mom!!! What a perfect gift -- it's quick and very meaningful!

Kim said...

Okay crib sheet? With the elastic?
Did you cut the sheet up or was there a flat sheet?
This is a great idea and love the dolly quilt to match.
I make wedding quilts for nieces and nephews and then make a baby quilt with the scraps from their wedding quilt to make a baby quilt...then wait :0)...usually doesn't take long :0) before I send that baby quilt along.
thanks for sharing
Happy Sewing

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

Oh crazy mom you've done it again! ADORABLE! Oh my heck, your word verification is Pothead! LOL ;o)

Jessica said...

very cute quilt...what a great gift..and the back is really adorable...

Jackie said...

What a wonderful 1st birthday present!!

Shannon said...

What a wonderful making a matching baby blanket ~ I love it. Might borrow that idea sometime if you dont mind:)

Rory said...

Love the red/aqua combo...doing one of those for Christmas time I hope. Going to Target tomorrow to see if I can find that sheet!!!!!!!!

rachelmp said...

Just love this, especially that you made the dollys quilt too

megitys said...

How can I get you to be MY friend and come to MY birthday parties with quilts in hand???

Who doesn't love a good random alphabet print. So adorable!

Mariah said...

I love this! Love the color combo, and everything about it. I'm trying to teach myself to quilt, and, sadly, it's not going well. I'm persevering, though! :-)

Mrs Moen said...

The fabric combination is fabulous, and the quilts darling. What a lucky little girl!!

Your blog is so great!

sewcrazyladyblogspot.com said...

LOVE it! Sew beautiful!May I ask what happened to your blog friends, I liked peeping in on them :) Keep up the great work, I love every single project you have make.... So inspiring

Alena Jo said...

It's so adorable! That's one lucky little girl! I recently made a baby quilt with a coordinating doll quilt, for a friend. (Actually I am not quite done. I'm still stippling and then I have to bind. Grrr... it's taking me so long!)

Beautiful work! I love your blog. It's so inspiring!

cindy said...

Love the quilts. I'm still a little afraid to start a big one. I'm afraid I'll mess it up and waste the fabric.

allsewnup said...

Simple and Sweet...

;o)
Carolyn*

happy zombie said...

Too cute for words. I'm running out of words for you, ya know. Pretty soon I'm going to get penalized by the commenting gods for using want, need, must, do, make, adorable, cute, oh-sew-pretty and clever when I leave you comments.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

So sweet! I love that sheet you found :)

jaybird said...

adorable!! i love the aqua binding... and fyi.. i shipped a package off to you today!

Susan G. said...

Darling! Absolutely darling!

Cheryl said...

How wonderful! lucky girl, and doll too!

jacquie said...

love the backing you found! great quilt and a nice little bonus!

Jantine said...

What a marvelous quilt! Love the doll quilt idea. I sewed my friends girl a quilt when she turned one. She is getting three now and a real doll girl, so I have to go to get her a matching doll quilt. Hope I have some scraps in my scrap basket...

lera said...

WHY would you want to try a different color scheme???? lol It's perfect, as usual.

(The word verification is "nerdo." What a funny word. I might start using it for my boys.)

HMG said...

Love, love, love these quilts!! And, I love that you used a crib sheet for the back. It's perfect, thrifty and a super cute pattern. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for stuff like that.

Katherine said...

Red and aqua. Perfection!

LOVE IT.

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pratima said...

The aqua and red quilts are so cute. The backing fabric is so perfect!

Rebekah said...

adorable! And I love that you made a matching doll quilt to go along with it!

sulu-design said...

I'm a sucker for that color combo - it looks amazing in the quilt. Ditto on your recent comment on my read and blue earrings: lots of us in blogland seem to dig the pairing!

Anna said...

This quilt is so adorable! I love it! I can't wait to try the tutorial. I'm definitely a beginner quilter, but it looks like fun!

Melussa said...

Haven't been able to stop thinking about this quilt! Picked up some red and aqua fat quarter packs at my mom's shop this weekend. Just need to look for some fabrics that has some of both colors like your florals. Can't wait to try this!