|Fabrics and Threads for Amish Baby 54-40 Or Fight Quilt|
|My 54-40 Or Fight Amish Baby Quilt Design|
I got some interesting feedback in the comments about black for baby quilts, but my husband pointed out that my high contrast designs with black, white, and bold primary colors reminded him of those "visually stimulating" infant mobiles and toys that are supposed to be better suited to an infant's underdeveloped visual capabilities than traditional pastels:
|"Baby View," an "educational" Android app for infants|
"The best way you as a parent can stimulate baby’s vision is using black and white stripes or light and dark contrasting colors. So what about those nice soft pastels that used to be so popular in baby toys and nurseries? While these may look pretty to you, they do nothing visually for your baby. Research has proven that black and white contrasts register powerfully on baby’s retina and send the strongest visual signals to baby’s brain. Stronger signals mean more brain growth and faster visual development. Surround a baby with soft pastel colors, and you might as well be blindfolding him. Surround your baby with black and white or light and dark pictures, and watch your baby’s eyes light up."
I put quotation marks around "educational," by the way, because I don't really buy into the idea that you can make your baby smarter by bombarding them with black and white graphic patterns. In 10 or 15 years, I fully expect the experts to come out with new research that totally contradicts all the advice parents are getting today. These things must go in cycles so we can continue to blame the previous generation's bad parenting for the current generation's bad habits. Whatever -- I feel like making my black baby quilt design, so I'm going to co-opt Dr. Sears' infant brain pseudoscience in order to justify my personal aesthetic choices. Thanks, Bernie!
|Let the Piecing Begin!|
So, as you can see, I've prewashed/preshrunk my fabrics, cut all of my patches, and I've started to piece the 4-patch units. Having set aside the paper pieced pineapple log cabin project, this is my first opportunity to piece with the new # 97D Patchwork foot on my Bernina 750QE. This is a brand new patchwork foot designed especially for 9 mm sewing machines, and I'm in love with it!
|New # 97D Patchwork Foot from Bernina|
|Straight, Consistent Chain Piecing with New Patchwork Foot #97D|
See how nice and straight those seams are coming out of the back of my sewing machine? Usually I struggle with keeping the seam allowance accurate at the beginning and end of a seam, when the fabric wants to shift sideways. I feel like I have a lot more control with the new presser foot, so much so that my seam ripper has remained in the drawer. Who doesn't love that? What's more, my pieced units are finishing accurate to size with the new foot:
|Completed 4 Patch Unit Finishes Exactly 4 1/2"|
I highly recommend this foot for anyone who is struggling with patchwork accuracy on a 9 mm Bernina machine. One of the things I most enjoy about my Bernina sewing machine is the high quality of the Bernina specialty feet which make it so much easier to achieve professional results. Now, if only Bernina would come out with a special foot for doing FMQ ruler work on my machine...
Ah, well -- the kids are home from their first day back at school after the winter vacation. I'd best head downstairs to see how they are getting on with their homework.
I'm linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times. Happy Stitching!
I love your baby quilt. I have made a couple in the black/white colorway and have added pops of primary colors. Your design is great. And I agree 100%... life is too short to sew with fabric or color combinations you don't like. :)
I got my 97D foot a couple weeks ago and I love it also. I haven't added the guide though but I think I need to try it.
I think the baby quilt will be wonderful and I'm sure the parents will love it.
YES-when is Bernina going to come out with ruler feet?? Love this quilt and your decision process. Yes, go with the flow.J
Your color choices work for me. It will be a very cute baby quilt!
Your choice of pattern is actually not simple, and you have understated just how much work you are doing to create such a wonderful gift! I know the parents and baby will appreciate your loving efforts. I enjoy making complex quilts as well. I just bought the 97D foot. I am worried that the metal guide may somehow scrape against my feed dogs. I am going to have to install it and look it over though. Thanks for sharing your quilts with us.
Linda, the seam guide that comes with the 97D foot has a cutout at the back of it to ensure that it does not come into contact with the right feed dog when you are stitching. No worries!
Rebecca Grace - I love the fabrics you are using for your black and white baby quilt. I'm with you, I only let someone choose fabrics for their own quilt one time, bored me to tears making it. Now I ask for color "guidance" but choose the fabrics myself. I am 66 and remember when dressing babies or children in black or using black anything for children was considered taboo. Black was considered too mature looking and sophisticated for children, or possibly dreary and funereal looking, I don't know. But now I love seeing my granddaughter, age 10, in adorable black velvet party dresses or black leggings and bright tops, and nothing makes a handsome young boy with the right coloring look sharper than a black polo shirt, in my opinion. Love your blog. Claudia W
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