Sunday, October 14, 2007

This quilt was inspired by none other than all our brave soldiers who are in Iraq and elsewhere. These are the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day for all of us.

This quilt is a great way to show our support for our troops, whether we agree with the war in Iraq or not. We will always appreciate them for being there to defend our country and pay the price of freedom for us all.

Design and quilt by Sandra.

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Puff quilts are back! This puff quilt in natural colors was inspired by one of our favorite customers. Karen made a special request for a puff quilt kit in natural colors so it would match her grandson's nursery. We were happy to oblige. Sandra came up with the combination. Since then, we have made two other custom puff quilt kits for Karen. She wanted to make the quilts for two of her nieces who were having baby girls. She chose for one, pink/brown/white and for the other one, mauve/tan/cream. We hope to have these in our puff quilt kit collection soon as these seem to be our best sellers.

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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Matching Triplet Quilts

Our puff quilts were inspired by a friend of ours. She made a pink puff quilt for her baby girl and I just thought it was the cutest thing. When I was surprised with the news that I was having triplets, two girls and a boy, I had to have three of them.
So, being on partial bed rest for three months, I went to work on them. I had decided to give the girls different colors, in case they were identical, so we could tell them apart. As it turned out, they couldn't have looked more different! I made one pink, one blue, and one lavender puff quilt and they turned out to be absolutely adorable!
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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Hearts Intertwined Valentine Quilt

This Quilt was inspired by our gracious neighbors' lovely daughter. She was having a baby girl close to Valentine's Day so this was a perfect fit. Sandra came up with this design, of course. Our neighbor, who lives between Sandra's house and my house is always giving us gifts for our babies. For my triplets, she gave them three adorable matching outfits. So when we learned that her daughter was expecting, we jumped at the chance to give her a gift. The brightness of the fabrics in this quilt have made it one of my favorites.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Hearts Intertwined Support Troops Quilt

This Hearts Intertwined Support Troops quilt was inspired by Sandra's sister-in-law. She served in the military for a while and was having a baby girl. So Sandra reached into the depts of her creativity and came up with this adorable baby girl quilt to give to her for her baby shower. Needless to say, it was a big hit!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Quilting with Sheets by Sandra

Here's a good way to save money when sewing! Twin flat sheets are great for quilt backing, or for piecing quilts together. Twin sheets measure at 66" x 96" and cost about $3.00 at the Walmart in my city. This means I'm getting almost two yards of fabric that is more than 60" wide for about half the price of 45" fabric. Sheets are also better quality than broadcloth. Sheets also make really good backings for quilts. A twin flat sheet is a perfect backing for a twin size quilt, and you can buy two twin sheets for king, queen and full size quilts for about $6.00. Normally you would need six yards of fabric for anything larger than a twin size quilt. You can buy king, queen, or full size sheets for backing too which is great for not having to have seams where you don't want them, but for some reason the price of sheets more than double for anything bigger than a twin size. A king size costs about four times as much so I don't mind the seams since it is just the back of the quilt. However, I am not fond of a seam running down the middle of the back. I think it looks much more professional to use a twin size sheet in the center and sew two matching strips on either side so you have a seam down both sides.
Another plus to using sheets to sew with is that when you piece quilts together and need long strips for the edges of a quilt you don't have to make seams in the wrong places to make them long enough. You are guaranteed to have 96" strips to work with. I use sheets for any sewing that requires solid colored fabric just as long as I can find sheets in the right colors. In fact, I often plan my quilt colors around the colors I can find in sheets in.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Quilt Binding

A lot of people don't like to do quilt binding. It can be quite difficult to sew binding onto a quilt, especially if your quilt layers don't match up and they seldom do match up just right. Today, I'm going to tell you how to bind a quilt with a new method that I learned from Sandra, my co-founder of Sandrea Baby Quilts. Sandra has been making quilts for more than twenty years. I'm going to share this technique used for binding quilts that she learned from her late Grandma Vivian.

Instead of having an actual binding that you have to sew onto the quilt on both sides, there is a much easier way. Simply make the quilt backing an inch larger than the quilt top on all four sides. It can be more that an inch for larger quilts, depending on how wide you want your border to be. It works better if you cut out the backing after the quilt top is finished so you can make sure the backing is big enough (i.e. an inch larger than the quilt top on all four sides). After the layers are quilted together (the quilt top, batting, and quilt backing), simply fold each side of the quilt backing over twice and pin, every few inches, onto the quilt top. Then sew around the edge with a sewing machine, removing pins as you go. This takes half the time of a traditional quilt binding, and it looks just as good or better because it is much easier to get it on there straight. Just make sure your quilt backing matches the top well because it will become your border on the top of the quilt as well. Like I said, for Queen and King size quilts, you may want to make it two inches on every side to make a wide border.