Thursday, February 12, 2009

Two sweet quilts for two special babies

I just finished making these matching baby quilts for two very special babies.   These were free motion quilted (Thank you, Heidi, for teaching me this wonderful skill!) and they were my first quilts to do a mitered corner binding on.  Thanks to Bend the Rules, I have learned that for a vintage, worn look you simply skip prewashing your fabric.  My favorite part is washing a quilt because it looks so loved when it comes out of the dryer.  Kind of like putting the outlet covers back on and removing the tape after painting a room.  It is the final unveiling of your masterpiece. 

My other cool little secret?  The binding was made from some cute crib sheets that I happened across at the Goodwill Outlet.  I had tried to find a fabric that I really liked for the binding, to no avail.  Rachel pointed out the sheet to me and I knew they would be perfect.   

Just one more cool secret, okay?  I used to think that I hated quilting because I could never get the final quilt top and backing assembled without bubbles.  Then the ever so famous Heidi introduced me to 505 Basting Spray, which, quite frankly, rocks.  It makes for a pretty close to perfect quilt sandwich.  You may be thinking cheap thrills, but you are reading someone's blog who gets excited about a spinach smoothie.  What did you expect?  (By the way, we've been adding carrots and orange juice concentrate.  Very tasty, even according to Hannah!)  I just loved the final result of these quilts and when I think of the precious babies that will be wrapped up in them, I love them even more. 


Annalia Romero said...

very cute, Sarah! I've actually been wanting to quilt lately...but I don't really know where to start.

Grandma Linda said...

Oh, Sarah, they are just darling! You did a great job! Those two babies will be lucky babies to recieve beautiful quilts made from the heart!