Sunday, September 27, 2020

A NewFO: Welcome Home, Baby

You guys, I started a new project yesterday!  I'm so excited!

42 x 42 Welcome Home, Baby, based on AQS Letter Home QAL

A few weeks ago, I shared in this post how I was playing around with resizing and recoloring the AQS Letter Home quilt along.  The original quilt from AQS finishes at 60" x 60" and you can find the free pattern and instructions for that here.  

AQS Coloring and Block Construction

Although I love the AQS design, unnecessary seams in blocks are a huge pet peeve of mine.  Why would they add a seam down the middle of a flying geese unit to turn it into two half square triangle units?!  I removed those seams, scaled the blocks down so my quilt would end up baby quilt sized, and customized the color palette.  Then, because I like to personalize quilts for little ones, I swapped out the plain square at the center of my quilt and will be replacing it with this 8" paper pieced "C" monogram block:

So far, I've prewashed and preshrunk all of my Kona Solid fabrics in HOT water, ironed them, and cut out all the pieces.  I even started piecing some of the 8" HST units (although I cut one of them twice and it's still too small, so I think I'm going to have to do that one over...)

This morning I printed out my foundation paper piecing patterns from EQ8 for the center monogram block.  This quilt is intended for the baby brother of my butterfly clam shell quilt recipient, and the new baby's due date is October 1st.  I need to get a move on!  

I'm linking up today's post with the following favorite linky parties:


·       UFO Busting at Tish in Wonderland


·       Frédérique at Quilting Patchwork Appliqué

·       Oh Scrap! at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

·       Slow Stitching Sunday at Kathy's Quilts


·       Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts  

·       Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt


The Joyful Quilter said...

Oh, that's going to be SEW cute!! I'm in the market for making a baby quilt. Still deciding on a pattern. I hope this one comes together nicely for you!

chrisknits said...

What a great baby quilt this will be!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

The C in the center is such a great idea! I agree with you about the HSTs instead of flying geese, too. Especially if you could use that four at once method for the flying geese!

Ramona said...

You've created a great design for this new baby quilt. I'm looking forward to seeing it made. I LOVE the clam shell quilt you made for big sister. :)

Vicki in MN said...

I agree why do people think you need to do 2 HST's when you can do a flying goose!! Hope this one comes together quickly.

SJSM said...

You are making great headway. I think you have turned this Covid time to be quite productive in the sewing room. Currently I am making smocks for a NICU for premature and sick/compromised babies one 30 or so are done I will switch to the Christmas tree skirt for a family homeless shelter. They need 30 and I will provide 1. Our sewing guild plans to make half this year and half next year as the shelter has old ones we are replacing.

Challenge today is to put Velcro dots on 20 smocks so they can be on their way and finish cutting the balance of them. Second is to do a test run of the tree skirt as I am using a directional fabric. I’m trying the Moda Bake Shop Heritage Christmas tree skirt. It appears many have issues but I’m guessing it’s because their bias edges grow. We will see. said...

Love the center of your baby quilt! I too hope this project comes together quickly and nicely for you!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

this is going to be so cool!!! I love when quilters get creative!~

Kathleen said...

I really love this and the personal touch with the center block is just perfect. I look forward to seeing it and the quilting!

Nann said...

"C Marks the Spot" -- what a great gift. I agree about illogical/unnecessary piecing in patterns. Many/most of us have been quilting long enough that we see a block and analyze its construction before we read the directions. :)

Lynette said...

Hi, Rebecca! Super fun project! I'm like you, taking out unnecessary seams. Usually they're inserted because a lot of people would rather make two HSTs instead of a flying goose, or they hate Y-seams. For me, those are simple things once you've done a number of them, and then you don't have unsightly seams breaking up a unit of space without better reason than avoiding types of piecing.

Margo Yang said...

I love HST quilt and this is a very cute pattern, especially the middle block. Thanks for the links