Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Big Reveal

Sounds like one of the home decorating shows, doesn't it?  I had mentioned a project I was working on, but didn't want to show it, because the intended recipient mentioned that she has read my blog.  My coworker, Catrice, is expecting a baby at the end of this month.  Yesterday, we had a shower for her at work, and I gave her this. 

 A small quilt, made with 1930's reproduction fabrics. Here's a picture of the back.

 I used the Jelly Roll 1600 inch quilt pattern, however, instead of using forty 40" pieces, I used forty 20" pieces.  I couldn't wrap my mind around the math, and hoped it would turn out to be a good size.  What actually happened was it turned out just as long, and only half as wide.  So I took off several rows, cut them in half along the length, sewed them back together and used them for the long side borders.  This made it shorter and wider.  Here's a picture before I sewed on the borders. 
This pattern is super easy, and I loved the way that a simple thing like sewing the strips together at an angle added so much interest to the quilt.  I think the new mom liked it, and she seemed surprised that I had taken the time to make her something.  Hopefully it will be babies favorite lovey, and she will drag it around everywhere. 

I really like the 1930's reproduction fabrics.  I like the little designs, the pastel colors and they remind me of feed sacks.  My mom talks about clothes she had made of feed sacks, and I have one small tablecloth that her mother made and crocheted a lace border on. 

I have another quilt cut out using this fabric, and have plans for another.  Better get busy, hadn't I?

I'm sharing this on Coloradolady's Vintage Thingie Thursday .



  1. That was a very nice gift. It is one that any mother should appreciate. It takes a lot time and work just to make a baby quilt. I really like the little quilt. But, of course I love all quilts.

  2. This is such a cute little baby quilt! I do love the 45 degree angles in the strips. And I'm positive the expectant mother will LOVE it!!