The baby shower guests are completely astonished at the quilt’s level of creativity, as it is handed to the future mom. Made from scratch and uniquely patterned, the quilt is a sight to behold, leaving guests baffled (and upstaged) at the presentation of such a wonderful gift.
While you’re basking in the glory of the guests’ admiration, you might reflect on the quilter’s journey that started with a dream and ended with your dream gift for the new baby.
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The Idea Blossoms
Quilters are a special breed with minds teeming with unique baby quilt ideas. New themes for baby quilts (handmade from flannel) are always germinating in their heads, as they shop in fabric stores for quilt prints (and patterns) to enhance the nursery & delight the little babies who will be cuddling them. They pounce on whimsical animal prints because they can be used in so many novel ways.
They see a fabric bolt of toy cars and trucks and envision how they’ll zoom across a solid flannel landscape. Perhaps it is a fish print that sparks their imagination and launches a maritime design or a droll frog family that is paired with a tropical lagoon print. The quilter sees a story growing from the type of fabric squares and their arrangement.
So, at first contact, the little one is soothed by the touch of the super-soft baby flannel. And later, the beloved quilt will be the source of fairy tales and adventures.
Quilter are also mindful of the expense of quilting projects, as they can become costly. A miscalculation can leave one in debt, and invite debt collectors; but it can be remedied with the help of credit repair, at www.Removedebtfast.org/methods/quick-fix . Nonetheless, a quilter must take special care when weighing the finances necessary for a quilting project.
Planning Is Key to the Perfect Design
So now the quilter has an armful of lively prints and coordinating patterns that will make up the new creation. Perhaps she’s snagged some Minky fabrics that will add texture and more detail to the design scheme. The next step is careful planning of the future baby quilt, so that all the chosen materials work together in the most harmonious and eye-pleasing way; this is done with a design board and graph paper, so that no surprises occur once the sewing begins.
Prepping Fabrics Is Essential
There’s nothing glamorous about prewashing the fabrics and ironing out all the wrinkles, but a conscientious quilter does just that. Handmade baby quilts are going to get a lot of laundering, so it’s important that any shrinkage takes place, now, before the sewing starts. Those who know how to make unique baby quilts have too much pride of workmanship to allow wrinkles to show in a finished product.
Fabrication Is Fastidious
Great care goes into every step of the fabrication process of handmade baby quilts. Accurate measuring, precise cutting, even stitching, durable binding, in addition to the quilter’s goal, is to deliver a top quality piece of art that will survive frequent launderings and remain a keepsake for future babies in the family.
Quality Takes Time
How long does it take? Of course, it depends on the time the quilter has set aside for the project, but busy quilters (with family activities or other jobs) may need three or four weeks to produce the baby quilt that will wow the family, delight new baby and serve as a treasured family keepsake.
First, we will securely attach the cut-out to the block. This will keep the edges of the cut-out from fraying. Below, you will find step by step instructions on how to applique.
- The first step is to cut out a quilt block and also the shape you wish to attach to the block. If you have purchased a pre-cut quilt kit, this will already be done for you.
- Next, you will use a light weight fusible web (sold as Stitch Witchery, Heat N Bond, etc.) to attach the cut out to the block. This will prevent the cut out from moving around while you applique. Washing the fabrics before starting the fusing process, will ensure that the fusible web will adhere to the fabrics. Follow the instructions that come with the fusible web to attach the cut out(s) to the quilt block. (Note: If you don’t have fusible web, you can use straight pins to attach the cutouts, but you will likely have puckers in your cutout when it is appliqued. To center a name on a block, start with the middle letter of the name. For example, if you have the name, “AVERY”, you would start with the letter “E”. Place the “E” in the center of the block and press. Then place the “V” and the “R”. Then place the “A” and the “Y”. )
- Choose your thread color. If you are a beginner, it is a good idea to choose a thread color that will blend in with the shape you will applique. This will help to hide any mistakes, as they will blend in with the shape(s) and seem unnoticeable. If you are pretty confident and experienced, with a sewing machine that takes fairly uniform stitches, you may want to coordinate your thread with an accent color on your quilt. In this case, you would choose a color much different from the shape that matches another color on the quilt that you want to bring out.
- Test your tension! This step is very important and is one that you should try on scrap pieces of fabric. This way, you won’t mess up your masterpiece! Take two scraps, one that is smaller than the other one. Use your zigzag stitch to sew the smaller piece on top of the larger piece. Sew along the edge of the smaller piece so that the needle alternates, taking a stitch on the smaller piece, and a stitch on the larger piece, attaching the two together. Make sure your stitches are even. Your zigzag stitches should also be very close together, to create a satin stitch, so the edge of the cut out is not exposed when you are finished. If your stitches are not satisfactory, adjust your tension, a little at a time, until you get the desired results. If adjusting your thread tension doesn’t work, try adjusting your bobbin tension.
- Now for the fun part! It is a good idea to start on a corner so the place where you start and end will look as smooth as possible. Sew around the shape(s) with a zigzag stitch. If you are going to applique’ more than one shape, such as a name, start with the center letter first. As you sew around the shape, pause and turn on the corners, to keep an even stitch, all the way around. Try to end so that the place you start and end looks continuous.
And that’s how you design a new baby quilt! Remember, the expense of quilting projects can escalate; so please take special care to cross your t’s & dot your i’s, should costs become a wee bit too daunting for you. Also, in the event that you financially over-extend yourself with debt instruments, like prestige loans, credit repair specialists can help undo any financial bind you may find yourselves in!