Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Baby Quilt

My second entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival, thank you to Amy of Amy's Creative Side for setting up the Quilt Festival.  This is the first year I've entered, but I have watched the last two years and am always so impressed by everyone's quilts, talents, and stories.  I'm so glad to be a part of this quilting community.

Baby Quilt

I made this quilt November / December 2012 for my first grandson.  I used a quilt that was given to my son when he was one, that had seen much love and wear; I took this apart and incorporated pieces into a new quilt for Calvin.
Original Quilt - 28 years old

I painstakingly took apart the old quilt in four patches.  This quilt had been hand pieced and hand tied, the pieces were uneven and and threadbare in many places.  This isn't a slight on the quilter!  She was a family friend who was only 14 when she put this together, it had withstood 28 years.  The thicker fabrics she used which were corduroy and velvet held up the best, the sheet materials were the thinnest.  I wanted to use some of the brighter pieces like the green in the new quilt.  

I chose fabrics that complemented the originals, I wanted a nice blend of old and new.  

I cut down the four patches from the old quilt to the same size and made the new four patches.

I tried to keep the feel of the original quilt.  All the red and green pieces are from the original.  I backed with a cozy flannel and a Kaffe Fassett was used for the binding.  I straight quilted this on my home machine.  

A nice comparison of the quilt tops of old and new!

Thank you for visiting if you are here for the Bloggers Quilt Festival!  A big thank you to Amy's Creative Side for setting up this event for all of us.  I hope you will take a look around and come back and visit another time.  You can find me on Flickr and Instagram 'FairlyMerry' I enjoy seeing my quilty friends projects and accomplishments through blogs, and photos.  

P.S. Calvin was born Christmas Day 2012 and his quilt was waiting.  

Keep Calm and Quilt On!


Issabella The Cat said...

I really love the story behind this quilt and the pic of the little one snuggling up in it!

heart of charnwood said...

I love this quilt, it has a history all of it's own :o)

CitricSugar said...

How amazing - what a great way to preserve old memories and make something new at the same time! :-)

Leanne said...

I love the quilt and the story even more. I will keep the quilt recycling idea in mind.

Lisa said...

Wow. I mean really - WOW! It turned out absolutely gorgeous. You did a fabulous job! I love the story behind the quilt, thanks for sharing!!!

Camilla said...

How nice to give a loved quilt a new life and how appropriate that it's a baby quilt!