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1920s Inspired Baby Quilt {My Sister’s Quilts #9}

1920s inspired baby quilt blogged by Skirt Fixation

My Sister's Quilts series

If this is the first time you’re seeing this series, My Sister’s Quilts is the mini quilting memoirs of my sister who is a fantastic quilter and has made baby quilts for each of her 15 nieces and nephews.  (But none for her own 2 children, so I hear…)  Here she is to tell you about making this 1920s Inspired baby quilt for our nephew A.

1920s inspired baby quilt blogged by Skirt Fixation

This quilt was inspired by some vintage patterned fabric I found in a little quilting Boutique in East Molesey, England, called Creative Quilting. (You can find them on the web herecreativequilting.co.uk)   This little quilt shop was also only a 1/2 hr walk away from where our flat in Thames Ditton.

1920s inspired baby quilt blogged by Skirt Fixation

East Molesey is the tiny little village that is the across the river from Hampton Court Palace. Henry the 8th lived at Hampton Court during much of his reign!  East Molesey has many houses and buildings that have plaques on the front of them stating who lived there during much Henrys era.  Many of them housed support staff that worked in the castle, as well as famous authors, etc.   East Molesey is also where I got my one and only lucky glimpse of the Queen as her motorcade passed on the way to Epsom Horses racing track one day.

1920s inspired baby quilt blogged by Skirt Fixation

So, nestled in the middle of so much extraordinary history and culture, I found Creative Quilting.  It seemed bizarre to me that in the midst of all this amazement,  this little group of British ladies had a fascination with a much younger culture and art/sewing form from across the pond! When I first moved to England, I was quite surprised by the fact that quilting was not a popular hobby!  It made finding little corner shops like this one, particularly special.  The ladies there thought I was somewhat of a novelty, being American and all.  They would ask me to bring in and share all my projects, and tell about the massive fabric stores back home.  Many of the fabrics they stocked were imported from America. The Creative Quilting shop was a place of warmth, and there was a familiar comfort about it.   I could duck-in and have a little solace there when I was feeling home sick…

1920s inspired baby quilt blogged by Skirt Fixation

I enjoyed working with these 1920’s-1930’s inspired patterns! There is something that is unique, untouchable, and mysterious about the 20’s.  Art, music and fashion took brave new twists and changes which were much more daring than changes made in their preceding decades.  Then came the great depression and all of this new found flamboyance was traded for practicality.  I remember being fascinated listening to my grandma talk about the harshness of the times, the simplicity of life, and also about the flour sack dresses!  It was this grandma that also taught me how to hand stitch and make my first doll clothes.  During the depression,  quilting was one activity that a woman could do to fulfill her desire to be creative while still making something practical for her family.  Warm bedding was welcome on cold nights and the lovely patterns and fabrics brought a simple beauty to the home.  The quilt could be made from sewing scraps and from out-grown clothing, so very little expense was involved.  Sounds to me like us ladies could still use these reasons to indulge our sewing urges….

1920s inspired baby quilt blogged by Skirt Fixation

Anyhow, I have a little flare for the arts and for nostalgia, and so all of the above influenced me in the making of A’s quilt.  A is my bright little nephew, and I can’t wait to see how he will channel and develop his talents of precision and accuracy!  I actually thought of him recently when cutting out a quilt for his new baby sister.  Well matched quilting corners depend on the most precise and accurate cutting measurements! I love hearing stories of A’s attention to detail, order and organization.  These things will make you great A, and by the way, we all love you exactly the way you are!

1920s inspired baby quilt blogged by Skirt Fixation

Thanks, Aunt Fessy, for another fantastic quilt, history lesson, and memories of your time in England!  Who else wants to go there and visit this little quilt shop now?  We’ll see you next month for another installment of My Sister’s Quilts

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Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Inspired by her Aunt Fessy’s baby quilt series, Annie wanted to make something for the new baby “all by myself!”  At 8 years old and with one quilt already under her belt plus quite a bit of other sewing, we decided she could easily handle this pixelated heart baby quilt project.  Here’s Annie to tell you about making this quilt.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

First I cut out all the squares.  If Mom’s baby is a boy, then I don’t have to make a new quilt because I picked orange, brown, and red for the colors.  And a little bit of gray.  After I decided on the colors, I finished cutting the small squares.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed the squares together after laying them all out and deciding the pattern.  I took a picture of the heart laid out so I could remember and didn’t loose track of the pattern I wanted.

I sewed the small squares into strips and then sewed them into big squares.  Then I sewed the big squares together.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the back, I picked out some flannel fabric from our fabric boxes.  I pinned it together with batting in the middle.  Then I quilted it together with straight lines 1/4” away from the edges of the squares.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, I sewed the binding on and Mom helped sew it down.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I think the baby will be very happy with this quilt!

Annie picked out the pattern by herself, it’s the free pixelated heart pattern from Robert Kaufman.  We sized down the pattern from 5×5 squares to 2×2 squares to make the quilt end up a baby size.  Annie loved choosing fabrics from the stash and remembering things we’d sewed for her and her siblings from them!  The other change we made to the pattern was to cut out large pieces of white where ever we could so as to eliminate some of the small square cutting and sewing.

Leave Annie a comment telling her what you think of the pixelated heart baby quilt she made for her new sibling!

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Sock Monkey Baby Quilt {My Sister’s Quilts #7 & #8}

Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!

My Sister's Quilts series

If this is the first time you’re seeing this series, My Sister’s Quilts is the mini quilting memoirs of my sister who is a fantastic quilter and has made baby quilts for each of her 15 nieces and nephews.

Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!

This was a fun and simple quilt to make.  I was living in England at the time, but bought the fabric when I was home in Montana on a visit.
Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!
The pattern was a simple 4-square block but the sock monkeys were so cute that I decided they could be the focus instead of a complex piecing pattern.  Since I had two nieces arriving during a similar time, I made these quilts in assembly line fashion.
Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!
The quilts ended up a bit smaller than I had imagined, but my sisters told me later that it was nice having a smaller quilt to use for things like tucking into a car seat!
Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!
As chance would have it I also visited a thrift store around that time and found an original authentic sock monkey pattern kit!  It was so fun making these adorable little stuffed monkeys and pretending I was a lady from the 1950’s.
Skirt Fixation on the perfect baby quilt: a sock monkey quilt!
These little quilts have a fun vintage feel to them and were perfect for my cute little nieces!  They match their sweet little personalities that have just the right mixture of sugar and spice.
My sister-in-law and I both agree this sock monkey baby quilt is probably the most used of all the baby quilts we’ve recieved.  It’s small size is perfect to lay an infant on, use as a diaper changing pad in a pinch, or the perfect size cover for the car seat.  Plus it’s gender neutral, so we’ve used it with both/all our babies!  And the darling sock monkeys she made, they add such charm and are so very well loved!
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Moon Glow Baby Quilt {My Sister’s Quilts #6}

Moon glow baby quilt pattern seen on Skirt Fixation

One of the series which is back in full force for 2017 is My Sister’s Quilts.

My Sister's Quilts series

If this is the first time you’re seeing this series, My Sister’s Quilts is the mini quilting memoirs of my sister who is a fantastic quilter and has made baby quilts for each of her 15 nieces and nephews.  (But none for her own 2 children, so I hear…)  Here she is to tell you about making this Moon Glow baby quilt for Aria.

Moon glow baby quilt pattern seen on Skirt Fixation

Maybe you will have seen a moon glow quilt before, or a pattern for one.  They are beautiful!  I saw a pattern for one in a magazine in the year 2000 and fell in love with it.  I had big ambitions!  I went right out an bought all the material for the quilt and that is as far as I got.  Then the fabric just sat in my material stash.

Moon glow baby quilt pattern seen on Skirt Fixation

When I heard I had a new niece or nephew on the way, I adapted the pattern into a baby quilt.  I was a college student at the time and the thought of saving money and using something I already had seemed like a good one.  I lucked out when it was a niece that arrived and not a nephew.  The colors matched her perfectly.

Moon glow baby quilt pattern seen on Skirt Fixation

I adore the fabric combination in this quilt.  Interestingly enough, I never did make the moon glow quilt that I originally fell in love with.  Instead, yard-by-yard I continue to use the remaining fabrics in my other nieces and nephews quilts.  It’s as if there is a little glow in every quilt… and together they represent all of my auntie love… a little ray shining on each one.

Moon glow baby quilt pattern seen on Skirt Fixation

I remember thinking this baby quilt was beautiful when I finished it, but my niece Aria was again that much more beautiful.  She is now a young woman with a beautiful glowing countenance!

If I had to pick only one of the 7 quilts “Aunt Fessy” has made for my children as my personal favorite, this one would be it!  When we received it after Aria was born, I remember being struck by the color combinations…I had never seen or imagined black fabric being used in a baby quilt before, but it was absolutely, stunningly perfect!  

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Baby Chick Quilt {My Sister’s Quilts #4}

Baby Chick Quilt

My Sister's Quilts series

This is the fourth entry in a series about baby quilts made by Aunt Sarah for her 15 nieces and nephews.  We talked her into sharing each one here on Skirt Fixation.  The next one in line is for Tessa, our brother’s second child.  I asked Sarah (who her nieces and nephews call Aunt Fess or Auntie Fessy) to share what she remembered about making this quilt.

Baby Chick Quilt

Tessa’s quilt was made when I myself was pregnant with my first child. I think for this reason, I was inclined to sew a much more soft, tactile, and nurturing quilt than my previous ones! Put it down to hormones, or nesting instincts, but I remember sewing stitches of LOVE into this sweet soft quilt in anticipation for my own little bundle of love! (I actually never made my son his own quilt, but I DID paint a TinTin mural on his bedroom wall, so maybe that counts. 🙂

Baby Chick Quilt

As I was living in London at the time, and quilting isn’t as big of a hobby over there, I remember scouring the shops all across the city looking for just the right fabrics! There are a few specialist boutiques dotted around, so it was a fun adventure to research their locations and then go on little adventures trying to find them. Keep in mind, these were the days before GPS on smart phones! It was fun, and gave a lot of Saturday outings a fun purpose.

Baby Chick Quilt

I was delighted when I found the soft sheep’s wool fabric, and also the nursery rhyme themed flannel for the backing. The ribbon and other embellishments were a fun addition.

Baby Chick quilt

I like the little lambs on a quilt, so one can count sheep if they can’t fall asleep! But I also like to think of how I unknowingly created quite a fitting quilt for Tessa who has such a gentle lamb-like nature!

Baby Chick quilt

Wether she is counting sheep, counting kittens, counting chickens, or counting her siblings, I love to think of how my sweet little niece will be someone others can count on as she grows into a gentle young lady!

Baby Chick quilt

This is another quilt I’ve never seen before!  Special thanks to my sister in law, Anna, for photographing this quilt!  And of course, thanks Sarah for sharing.  I think this baby chick quilt would be perfect for any baby, and I can even see myself snuggling up under it!  We’ll see you next month for the next installment of My Sister’s Quilts.

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Baby Quilt #3 {My Sister’s Quilts}

My Sister's Quilts series
My Sister's Quilts series
This is the third entry in a series about baby quilts made by Aunt Sarah for her 15 nieces and nephews.  We talked her into sharing each one here on Skirt Fixation.  The next one in line is for Ella, our brother’s oldest child.  I asked Sarah (who her nieces and nephews call Aunt Fess or Auntie Fessy) to share what she remembered about making this quilt.
My Sister's Quilts series
My inspiration for this quilt was ALASKA!  I was lucky enough to be able to visit my favorite big brother (OK only brother :)) in Skagway, Alaska in earlier years.  Alaska touched me, affected me, and changed me, like I’m sure it does most people.
My Sister's Quilts series
What is the raw beauty of Alaska, the vivid scenery, and the way the glaciers and steep mountains just dropped into the ocean, is the masterwork that is ingrained in my memory.  It is breathtaking.
My Sister's Quilts series
The contrast of colors, the clarity, the crisp air, and the warm sunshine on my back, penetrated right through me, to my heart during an a amazing hike we took. These memories are beautiful to me.
My Sister's Quilts series
So naturally, when I thought of my brothers first baby being born in Alaska, I wanted to try to in some way bring that same essence of beauty and clarity into a quilt.  I chose the contrasting colors: white for purity, and the teal for its majestic tones.
My Sister's Quilts series
The sharp edged squares echo the crisp Alaskan air, and of course the little hearts show how I am in love with Gods creation of scenery, and of souls.
My Sister's Quilts series
Today Ella is a beautiful, special niece, who is growing a little too fast for my liking!  I hope  that though the adventures of life, all will be able to appreciate the beauty of her soul, and be touched by the clarity of her spirit.
My Sister's Quilts series
Love you Ella!
This is exciting for me because I’ve never seen some of these quilts before!  Special thanks to my sister in law, Anna, for photographing this quilt!  And of course, thanks Sarah for sharing.  We’ll see you next month for the next installment of My Sister’s Quilts.
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Baby Quilt #2 {My Sister’s Quilts}

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

My Sister's Quilts series

This is the second entry in a series about baby quilts made by Aunt Sarah for her 15 nieces and nephews.  We talked her into sharing each one here on Skirt Fixation.  The next one in line is for “Kalvin” my second child and oldest son.  This is the same son for whom I sew really big shirts now.  At age 15 is is 6′ 7″ tall.  I asked Sarah (who her nieces and nephews call Aunt Fess or Auntie Fessy) to share what she remembered about making this quilt.

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

This Quilt is one of my favorites!  I remember working night shift as a CNA, and working on the embroidering during my down-time.

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

It was a fun quilt as every block was different, and so there was nothing monotonous about it!

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE quilting, but some quilts require an assembly line of piecing that is enough to make even the most patient of quilters bang their heads against a wall!

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

Not so with this quilt!  My aunt Mary helped me pick out the pattern for the embroidered blocks at a little quilt store in Wisconsin, and I beleive the pieced blocks were from a book from the same shop.

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

The piecing was a great way to help me learn how to do “real quilting,” as every other quilt that I had made up to this point was just something that I had put together in my head.

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

I took a chance by going with blue, as I started the quilt before “Kalvin” was born.  I guess I lucked out there!

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

I think of my nephew now, and can hardly believe he was ever a small enough to enjoy a nursery rhyme or two!Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

He’s a big guy, with a big heart, and I can’t wait to see the big impression he will make in the world!

Love you,

Fess

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

This is one of my favorite quilts too!  This type of quilt would be a great quilt for a quilter looking to improve their skills.  Thanks Sarah for sharing.  We’ll see you next month for the next installment of My Sister’s Quilts.

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Baby Quilt #1 {My Sister’s Quilts}

Baby Quilt #1 for My Sister's Quilts series

My Sister's Quilts series

Today we have the first entry in our new series My Sister’s Quilts.  My amazing sister Sarah has made a baby quilt for each of her 15 (I think) nieces and nephews.  We talked her into sharing each one here on Skirt Fixation.  Allegra is her oldest and therefore first niece, so we’re starting with her baby quilt today.  I asked Sarah (who her nieces and nephews call Aunt Fess or Auntie Fessy) to share what she remembered about making this quilt.

Baby Quilt #1 for My Sister's Quilts series

This was one of the very first quilts that I made I think!  Of course I was inspired by  my very first niece, but also I was inspired by my very first real job! I was age 16 I think.  I had a summer job at House of Fabrics.  House of Fabrics was one of the two fabric stores in the town where I grew up.  Over the summer the store was actually closing down.  A lot of the time I was putting fabric underneath the desk to save to buy on the liquidation sale!  I saved up a lot of fabric that summer, but not a lot of money! :-).

Baby Quilt #1 for My Sister's Quilts series

So the fabric in Allegra’s quilt was from that summer job.  The quilting method was self-taught on this quilt, as it was before I had gotten my formal training from my aunt Mary!  My aunt Mary is an amazing quilter… Of professional standard… Her work is amazing!  And she now owns a long arm quilting business.  She spent a winter vacation teaching me how to REALLY quilt probably when I was about 17.  It was a priceless gift, that I will always use and value.

Baby Quilt #1 for My Sister's Quilts series

Anyways, looking back, I un-knowingly used the “fussy cut” technique to make a little rectangular square for an animal in each square of Allegra’s quilt.  I used neutral colors as I did not know the sex of my new niece or nephew!  In later years, my own critical eye sees it as a pretty sloppy job, but it was the best I knew at the time!  Years later, I remember Audrey bringing the quilt to me to repair, and this was after my formal quilting training, so I was able to reinforce a lot of my stitches and do a meandering quilting pattern to hold the whole thing together a lot better (originally I had just done the stitch-in-the-ditch method).

Baby Quilt #1 for My Sister's Quilts series

Making this quilt was a great experience in anticipation of my new first niece and  an even more amazing experience being at her birth months later.  I cannot believe that that was 17 years ago and that now this quilt belongs to an amazing young woman full of opportunity and anticipation as she approaches her adult life.

Baby Quilt #1 for My Sister's Quilts series

Allegra, always remember that even when life seems like a zoo, you are a patch holding a very important place.  Others rely on you and, you are part of something much much bigger than yourself, a patchwork stitched together with love!

Love you,

Fess

Allegra cherishes this quilt so much!  This type of quilt would be a great 1st quilt for someone to sew.  Thanks Sarah for sharing.  We’ll see you next month for the next installment of My Sister’s Quilts.